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Archives 2020

  • CSR - 02.01.2020

    5 highlights in sustainable finance for BNP Paribas in 2019

    Sustainable finance is a powerful lever for economic transformation, creating a more responsible company. Once again this year, as a world leader in this sphere, BNP Paribas has launched and conducted numerous initiatives in support of inclusive, environmentally aware economic growth. We look back at 5 key moments in the Group's story for 2019.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 03.01.2020

    Yoann Bourgeois, or the art of suspension

    Circus? Dance? Acrobatics? A Yoann Bourgeois show is all that at once. It is a dose of poetry and a dash of gentle metaphysics which, in a few years, have become the magic potion of an artist with a unique style.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 07.01.2020

    #JazzPortraits: Thomas de Pourquery, the unclassifiable jazzman with the most unexpected inspirations

    From Clara Luciani to Metronomy, Oxmo Puccino and Sun Ra, Thomas de Pourquery explores every genre and defies any attempt of categorisation. The BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting this talented jazz musician since 2019 and he has many surprises in store.

  • Group - 10.01.2020

    BNP Paribas awarded Most ESG Responsible International Bank Global 2019

    BNP Paribas has won Most ESG Responsible International Bank Global 2019 in the Capital Finance International (CFI) Awards. The award recognises the bank’s commitment to the energy transition, and accelerating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Press release - 13.01.2020

    BNP Paribas announces senior executive appointments

    Appoints José Placido CEO of CIB Americas and Sandrine Ferdane Global Head of FIC.

  • Press release - 20.01.2020

    BNP Paribas Wealth Management presents its 10 most relevant investment themes for 2020

    Easing political risks, improving economic indicators, equity market valuation, underlie the 10 investment themes for 2020 selected by BNP Paribas Wealth Management strategists in the US, Europe and Asia to guide investors towards attractive opportunities. The first three themes are aimed at investors with a more conservative profile looking for steady incomes, themes 4 & 5 address opportunities in global trends, themes 6 & 7 are related to environmental issues and human capital, the last 3 themes focus on disruptive innovation, the digitalisation of consumption and technological innovations in the healthcare sector. «Easing political risks and improving economic indicators will support the upward trend in risky assets in 2020. Like last year, our 10 investment themes for 2020 will mainly focus on the equity markets using tactical and structural themes», said Florent Bronès, Chief Investment Officer at BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

  • CSR - 21.01.2020

    BNP Paribas, 1st French bank and 3rd bank worldwide in “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations” ranking

    In 2020, BNP Paribas appears for the sixth year running in the demanding ranking of the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations”, published every year on the occasion of the World Economic Forum opening in Davos by the Canadian magazine Corporate Knights.

  • Press release - 23.01.2020

    BNP Paribas announces several appointments

    Sofia Merlo will succeed Yves Martrenchar, at the end of 2020, as Head of Group Human Resources and member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Vincent Lecomte is appointed CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management Anne Pointet is appointed Deputy-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management Pierre Veyres is appointed Head of the South-East Region for French Retail Banking

  • Innovation - 23.01.2020

    BNP Paribas, partner of the Paris Fintech Forum 2020

    Paris Fintech Forum will be back next January 28 & 29, 2020 in Palais Brongniart to host the 5th edition under the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. During these two days, 2,700+ attendees from 70 countries will be in the heart of Paris to listen to 280+ CEO’s from banks, insurance, regulators and of course Fintechs from all continents and share their visions of the future of finance in the age of Fintech.

  • Press release - 23.01.2020

    BNP Paribas and Open Banking platform Tink announce strategic partnership in Europe

    BNP Paribas and Tink announce today a strategic partnership. The open banking platform Tink becomes BNP Paribas’ preferred partner in Europe for account aggregation, payment initiation and personal finance management technologies.

  • Careers - 31.01.2020

    BNP Paribas obtains ‘Top Employers Europe 2020’ certification

    BNP Paribas has been awarded Top Employers Europe certification for the seventh year in a row, with certification in eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Ukraine and Turkey.

  • CSR - 03.02.2020

    Opening up the economy for America’s women entrepreneurs

    BNP Paribas has been a long-standing partner of Grameen, and its founder, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus, across a large number of countries. This partnership in microfinance has blossomed in the United States over the past four years via Grameen America, with BNP Paribas and Bank of the West supporting tens of thousands of women entrepreneurs in New York and California who previously have been excluded from the economy.

  • Press release - 04.02.2020

    BNP Paribas and the European Investment Fund launch a €10 million fund to co-invest in Social Impact Bonds (“SIB”) in the European Union

    This co-investment agreement is meant for BNP Paribas and the European Investment Fund to invest together in SIBs structured by BNP Paribas within the European Union This fund is launched as part of the ‘Juncker Plan’, and provides a new tool for the European Union to improve access to financing for various social organizations and companies 3 SIBs already funded by this new vehicle will enable more than 1,000 students to benefit from dedicated support and will avoid foster care for more than 130 children in France

  • Press release - 05.02.2020

    BNP Paribas Group: Results as at 31 December 2019

    The Board of Directors of BNP Paribas met on 4 February 2020. The meeting was chaired by Jean Lemierre and the Board examined the Group’s results for the fourth quarter and endorsed the 2019 financial statements.

  • Group - 05.02.2020

    BNP Paribas obtains a higher score in the D-Rating index for "Digital performance by retail banks"

    At its press conference held on 30 January 2020, D-Rating, an independent organisation rating the digital performance of banks, announced the results of the third evaluation model of its study on the “Digital performance of retail banks in France”. The BNP Paribas Group with its retail banking in France and Hello bank! came out at the top of the ranking of traditional French banks in terms of digital experience.

  • Tennis - 07.02.2020

    #FAAPointsForChange: Félix Auger-Aliassime, CARE and BNP Paribas join forces to promote children’s education in Togo

    Young tennis hopeful, Félix Auger-Aliassime, has launched a programme called #FAAPointsForChange in partnership with BNP Paribas and the NGO CARE. Keen to link his sporting performance with a personal pledge related to his family history and upbringing, Félix wants to make his career more meaningful through this unusual new programme. The main purpose behind #FAAPointsForChange is to contribute to the education and protection of children in Togo.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 13.02.2020

    Portrait of Phia Ménard, juggler, performer and director

    “I always need to speak to the spectator’s flesh,” says Phia Ménard. Whether it is challenging, sometimes radically, our society or confronting herself to the natural elements, Phia Ménard is always in direct contact with our sensations. The BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting this multitalented artist and founder of the Non Nova company since 2013.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 21.02.2020

    #JazzPortraits: Laurent Coulondre, the young keyboard wizard

    Laurent Coulondre, a young pianist from Vauvert, France, backed by the BNP Paribas Foundation, recently received critical and public acclaim. He won a Victoire du Jazz award in 2016 and, just recently, the award for "French Record of the Year" from the Académie du Jazz for Michel on My Mind. Moreover Jazz Magazine named him "French Musician of the Year” and featured him on their February 2020 cover. In a duet or a trio, as leader or sideman, alongside other great musicians, a French jazz star is on the rise!

  • Group - 27.02.2020

    Looking at the world through a woman’s eyes: WOMAN, the film by Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand

    BNP Paribas is supporting the release of WOMAN, a film directed by Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand as a tribute to women around the world. Previewed at the 76th Venice Film Festival in September 2019, the film received the Premio Sfera 1932 award and will be released in cinemas on 4 March 2020. The Group is the film’s main partner.

  • CSR - 04.03.2020

    BNP Paribas structures its 10th Social Impact Bond worldwide and its 1st in Belgium!

    On the 4th of March, the 1st Belgian SIB ( Social Impact Bond) structured and financed by BNP Paribas was officially launched, attended by Thierry Taverna (Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Flemish Minister for Welfare, Public health, Family and Poverty reduction), along with Roger Havenith (Deputy Chief Executive of the European Investment Fund), Sabine Bourgeois (General Manager of Oranjehuis ASBL), Sandra Wilikens (Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at BNP Paribas Fortis) and Maha Keramane (Head of Social Entrepreneurship and Microfinance Europe, Group CSR).

  • Group - 06.03.2020

    BNP Paribas is pursuing its work to support the HeForShe programme

    BNP Paribas has fully incorporated the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals into its roadmap and these social and environmental issues are in line with BNP Paribas' CSR strategy.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 09.03.2020

    A look back at the Refugeeks 2019 programme organised by Simplon

    Eleven refugees learned basic digital skills in the first class of Simplon's "Refugeeks" programme. Here’s a look back at this new initiative supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2019.

  • Group - 20.03.2020

    Covid-19: BNP Paribas supports employees and customers

    The evolution of Covid-19’s spread and the stringent protection mechanisms put in place in many countries give rise to concerns and doubts. In this unprecedented situation, BNP Paribas has taken exceptional measures. The objective is to protect the Group's employees while helping economic actors – and our clients in particular – overcome the difficulties encountered. This involves measures tailored to each situation that respond as closely as possible to the emergency while preparing for economic recovery.

  • Press release - 02.04.2020

    BNP Paribas: Board of Directors meeting of April 2nd, 2020

    In an unprecedented context and taking into consideration the recommendations issued by the European Central Bank on 27 March 2020 with respect to dividend distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, BNP Paribas’ Board of Directors met on 2 April 2020, with Jean Lemierre as the Chairman.

  • Group - 09.04.2020

    Development banks launch financial response to Covid-19 pandemic

    As governments and other public-sector bodies across the Europe ramp up their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, BNP Paribas has brought to the market two landmark transactions. Helsinki-based Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have both issued bonds last week week to provide funds to European nations as they shore up healthcare and financial systems to manage the impact of the ongoing crisis.

  • Press release - 09.04.2020

    BNP Paribas is strengthening its emergency support plan in response to the health crisis

    A direct support plan, activated in over 30 countries. Local support for hospitals, vulnerable populations and young people. An additional commitment bringing the Group’s contribution to over €50m.

  • Economy - 09.04.2020

    Covid-19 : impact on the world economy

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sudden stop in an increasing number of countries. This in turn had led to international spillovers via a decline in foreign trade and an increase in investor risk aversion triggering a global rush for dollar liquidity and a surge in capital outflows from developing economies.

  • Group - 10.04.2020

    50 million Euros across 30 countries: BNP Paribas organises a global response to the COVID-19 crisis

    BNP Paribas and its subsidiaries mobilised at the outset of the crisis, aiding hospitals, medical research institutions and vulnerable populations on a local level. To strengthen those actions already in place and extend the Group’s support to more affected communities, the Group announced on 9 April an emergency support plan pledging a total of more than €50m in aide worldwide.

  • Economy - 17.04.2020

    Covid-19 : How does it redefine sustainable finance ?

    The COVID-19 pandemic is redefining sustainable finance in order to be more focused on social SDGs. Constance Chalchat, BNP Paribas CIB's head of company engagement, talks about her thoughts on how the coronavirus is putting social UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the centre of the sustainable finance roadmap.

  • CSR - 28.04.2020

    BNP Paribas recognised as no. 1 European bank on the management of climate-related risks and opportunities in ShareAction’s 2020 ranking

    On the 26th of April, the British NGO ShareAction released the results of its 2020 “Banking on a Low-Carbon Future” study analyzing how the 20 largest European banks are managing the risks and opportunities related to climate change.

  • Careers - 04.05.2020

    The banking jobs: Transformation project consultant

    Amid rapid changes in markets, sectors and new technologies, the development of BNP Paribas' activities hinges on the Group's ability to adapt its organization and business lines. To this end, in 2017, BNP Paribas created BNP Paribas Transformation's function: a team of experts made up of Project Managers, Project Leaders and Transformation Project Consultants to serve all Business Units in their major transformation projects, regardless of their environment or strategic challenges. Stefan Hautier, Head of BNP Paribas Transformation and Katia Deppen, Transformation Consultant, share their views on a dynamic activity that is growing every day.

  • Press release - 05.05.2020

    BNP Paribas Group: Results as at 31 March 2020

    The Board of Directors of BNP Paribas met on 4 May 2020. The meeting was chaired by Jean Lemierre, and the Board examined the Group’s results for the first quarter 2020.

  • Economy - 06.05.2020

    The COVID-19 crisis: will commercial real estate resist the shock?

    As one would expect, the health crisis and lockdown measures had an immediate impact on the real estate market and investment decisions worldwide: variation in transaction volumes, the impact of support measures, and much more. What is the outlook for commercial real estate in the short and medium terms? Is the sector optimistic? Richard Malle, Head of Research at BNP Paribas Real Estate, sheds some light on the issue.

  • Group - 11.05.2020

    Entreprises pour l’Environnement : sustainable development as a lever for priority progress

    More than 50 international and French companies make up the French association Entreprises pour l’Envrionment (EpE). Since 1992, they have worked to promote solutions, practices and innovations allowing companies to better integrate the environment into their strategies and operations. As the current global health crisis continues, EpE shared their view on the priorities for the coming economic recovery.

  • Press release - 11.05.2020

    BNP Paribas is accelerating its timeframe for a complete coal exit

    BNP Paribas is expanding to all OECD countries its target to end the use of coal by its electricity-producing customers by the end of 2030. The Group will continue its commitment to put an end, in the near future, to relations with any customer developing new coal-based production capacity. BNP Paribas will no longer accept any new customers with a coal related revenue share of more than 25%. The implementation of this policy will quickly lead to a reduction of around half of the number of BNP Paribas corporate customers using coal for a share of their electricity generation.

  • CSR - 18.05.2020

    BNP Paribas steps up its coal-exit timetable

    Since 2011, BNP Paribas has demonstrated its commitment to energy transition by reducing financing for industries that use fossil fuels, and in particular coal. After announcing stricter objectives in 2019, the Bank has decided to step up its coal-exit timetable by increasing the number of countries concerned by such an exit by 2030.

  • CSR - 19.05.2020

    BNP Paribas publishes its first TCFD report, a step in the fight against climate change

    Since 2017, BNP Paribas has supported and implemented the recommendations of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures), a task force that promotes financial transparency relative to risks and opportunities related to the climate. For the first time, the Group published a dedicated report that gathers the information it has published in line with TCFD recommendations.

  • Group - 20.05.2020

    The BNP Paribas ‘company purpose’…see it now in video!

    For several years BNP Paribas has paid particular attention to ensuring that its activity has a positive impact on the world around it, both in terms of the Group’s own functioning and the products and solutions offered to clients by all business lines.

  • Economy - 21.05.2020

    The Value of Capital Markets to the UK Economy report

    The Value of Capital Markets to the UK Economy report - commissioned by BNP Paribas in collaboration with New Financial - analyses how UK companies use the capital markets, and the role they play in supporting jobs across the country.

  • Tennis - 28.05.2020

    BNP Paribas presents solidarity initiatives including #RGLegendsTalks, a tribute to Roland-Garros

    In late May, the Roland-Garros stadium will not be resounding with the sounds of killer forehands and backhands, due to the public health crisis. A sponsor of the famous French Open international tennis championship for the past 47 years, BNP Paribas has set out to keep the sporting spirit alive via initiatives featuring legendary players or special games benefiting the AP-HP hospital system in Paris. Hopes are high that the tournament can be held next autumn and, in the meantime, tennis buffs can enjoy a few thrills.

  • CSR - 29.05.2020

    BNP Paribas continues to lead the charge toward a tobacco-free future

    In celebration of World No Tobacco Day on the 31st of May, a campaign sponsored by the WHO, BNP Paribas is reaffirming its commitment to a tobacco-free future through the Tobacco Free Portfolio’s Stamp of Approval program.

  • Group - 29.05.2020

    IN my shoes: a podcast that puts its best foot forward

    "IN my shoes" is a podcast series exploring the topics of diversity and inclusion, produced by BNP Paribas since October 2019. Each show is a 20-minute episode in French and English in which listeners get to discover the views of change-makers and examine the way we relate to others. Looking for a good dose of inspiration and positivity? Here's a preview of the first 10 episodes, available now on a range of podcast platforms.

  • Press release - 02.06.2020

    BNP Paribas, China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) and Eurazeo are pleased to announce the launch of the France-China Cooperation Fund with the first close for 400m€

    BNP Paribas, China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) and Eurazeo are pleased to announce the launch of the France-China Cooperation Fund with the first close for 400m€. The Fund will be managed by Eurazeo.

  • Careers - 04.06.2020

    The banking jobs: Cash Management

    Cash management, a key business facilitator. It’s little known to the general public, but cash management nevertheless plays a major role within banks and companies: it guarantees clients the necessary cash flow for their business to run smoothly. From cash optimization to managing payment methods and more, discover how cash management works with Diane Monfort, cash management expert and head of the special servicing and implementation team for Belgium at BNP Paribas Fortis.

  • Entrepreneurship - 05.06.2020

    Microfinance in India: Small steps to a new beginning

    For more than 30 years, microfinance has been a major commitment of BNP Paribas and part of the Group’s CSR Policy.

  • CSR - 08.06.2020

    The Blue Economy: BNP Paribas commits to protecting the oceans

    In order to promote a model of economic growth that is more respectful of the envrionment, BNP Paribas supports its clients, and more widely, the economic actors throughout all its business lines in their ecological transition. For that reason, the preservation of the oceans has now become essential and the focus of several actions led by the Group. To celebrate World Oceans Day this 8th of June, we take a look at a major concern for the Group.

  • Economy - 09.06.2020

    Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis and Economic Outlook for the Euro Area

    The massive shock induced by the Covid-19 pandemic will plunge the global economy into a recession deeper than that of 2009. What may be expected for the year 2020?

  • Press release - 16.06.2020

    The Fondation BNP Paribas and three partner theatres announce the launch of the call for applications for the 2nd edition of the DANSATHON, the international dance hackathon

    The 2nd edition of the Dansathon, which will take place from 20–22 November 2020 in Liège, if the global health situation allows, will bring together 8 multidisciplinary teams to imagine the future of dance in the digital age. Dancers, choreographers, designers, web developers and even start-ups can apply between 16 June and 16 August 2020 via Founded and sponsored by the Fondation BNP Paribas, this event is co-organised by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, Sadler’s Wells in London and the Théâtre de Liège. Forty-eight participants will be provided with resources, technological tools and spaces to compete and attempt to win a grant of €20,000 awarded by the Fondation BNP Paribas.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 16.06.2020

    Call for proposal for #dansathon20, the dance and technology hackathon dedicated to exploring futur

    The second Dansathon will take place from November 20 to 22, 2020 in Liège, if the global health situation permits, as part of the IMPACT International Meeting in Performing Arts & Creative Technologies. Instigated and sponsored by the BNP Paribas Foundation, the event is being co-organized by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, Sadler’s Wells in London and the Théâtre de Liège.

  • Tennis - 18.06.2020

    #FAAPointsForChange: for the youth of Togo, the match goes on with Félix Auger-Aliassime

    Félix Auger-Aliassime, a young tennis pro, launched the #FAAPointsForChange programme in January in partnership with BNP Paribas and CARE International, a non-governmental organisation. This initiative is based on a simple principle – that each point won by the up-and-coming star of global tennis during an official match will help fund the EduChange programme, which works for the education and uplifting of children in Togo. A few months after its launch and in the midst of the pandemic, how far along is the programme?

  • Group - 19.06.2020

    A dedicated programme to support refugee integration in the host country

    On June 20, World Refugee Day, BNP Paribas which has been committed to an aid programme dedicated to helping refugees in Europe since 2015, details the concrete aspects of its support and recalls the dire situation of refugees in this context of global pandemic.

  • CSR - 19.06.2020

    With Finance For Tomorrow, BNP Paribas positions itself as a key figure in sustainable finance

    Thanks to French actors in the Financial sector, Paris seeks to further its position that the future of finance will be sustainable. This ambition is taking shape with Finance for Tomorrow, an organisation that fosters sustainable actions from within the Paris financial centre. BNP Paribas, which was already an active member in the organisation, will now further its involvement with the election of Laurence Pessez, Global Head of CSR, BNP Paribas, to the Finance for Tommorow Board for the 2020-2022 period.

  • Careers - 25.06.2020

    The banking jobs: UX designer

    Two letters: "U" for "user" and "X" for "experience". UX designers build the best possible digital experience for website, software or mobile application users. Though their job was still unheard of 15 years ago, UX designers are now an essential talent for every user-oriented digital company. Joao Samora, UI and UX designer at BNP Paribas, breaks down all the elements that make interface ergonomics a true form of art.

  • Group - 26.06.2020

    BNP Paribas 2019 Integrated Report: a responsible bank for a sustainable economy

    In a changing world, BNP Paribas, a leading international banking player and the leading bank in the Eurozone, plays a major role in creating value for its customers, for the economy and for society as a whole. BNP Paribas' 2019 Integrated Report thus presents how the Group creates the conditions for a responsible and sustainable economy, based on its diversified and integrated model and the foundations of its strategic plan.

  • Press release - 26.06.2020

    BNP Paribas Wealth Management Investment Strategy - The Covid-19 virus crisis amplifies some trends: Five investment themes confirm their potential in 2020

    BNP Paribas Wealth Management Investment Strategy     The Covid-19 virus crisis amplifies some trends: Five investment themes confirm their potential in 2020 ln March, the lockdown of almost half the world's population plunged the global economy into an unprecedented recession, and global stock markets shed 34% in 30 days. Although they bounced back strongly after the announcement of government measures (gradual exit from lockdown and economic stimulus policies), the short-term environment remains uncertain. The challenges to implementing economic policies, the impact of 'deglobalisation' and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China are likely to see episodes of increased volatility. « As a result, our central medium-term economic scenario involves a gradual recovery in the second half of the year, continuing into next year (a U-shaped recovery» declares Florent Bronès, Chief Investment Officer of BNP Paribas Wealth Management. « Some markets will benefit from an attractive valuation. Beyond short-term fluctuations in prices, it is important to look for opportunities to increase equity positions in the event of a fall in prices. ln this context, a thematic approach should enable greater selectivity.».

  • Group - 29.06.2020

    BNP Paribas Bank Polska - a resilient bank for challenging times

    In the face of recent shockwaves, the BNP Paribas Group’s subsidiary in Poland has shown its stability and operational resilience providing uninterrupted customer service while continuing a seamless transition to digital products, services and processes. The bank, being a major player in the Polish banking sector, is setting its sights on supporting clients and communities and making a contribution to economic recovery in the country.

  • Press release - 02.07.2020

    Major Eurozone banks start the implementation phase of a new unified payment scheme and solution, the European Payment Initiative (EPI)

    Today, a group of 16 major European banks from five countries (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain) paved the way for the future launch of the European Payments Initiative (EPI).

  • Corporate philanthropy - 03.07.2020

    Eco-health: an emerging science enabling efficient fight against epidemics

    Researchers at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Eve Miguel and Olivier Dangles both aim at fostering the development of « eco-health », which is particularly key in this context of Covid-19 crisis. They are laureates of the 2019 call for projects launched by the BNP Paribas Foundation for its Climate & Biodiversity Initiative. Created in 2010, this international philanthropic program supports research on climate change and biodiversity.

  • Corporate philanthropy - 03.07.2020

    Volunteering…And what if it was you?

    Volunteering is a part of BNP Paribas’ efforts as a socially responsible player. It also responds to our employees’ willingness to give back. Through volunteering, employees can use their knowledge and skills to make real contributions to the common good and have a sense of personal fulfillment.