The bank for a changing world

Taking action to combat climate change

BNP Paribas has made the fight against climate change its top environmental priority as a global player that finances the energy sector. Our commitment aligns with the Paris agreement, which aims to make financial flows compatible with low-carbon development.

For this, we rely on three levers

10. Partnering with our clients in the transition to a low-carbon economy 
11. Reduce the environmental impact of our operations

12. Advance awareness and sharing of best environmental practices

We coordinate these commitments by monitoring  three key performance indicators.

*This exceptional peak of people made aware in 2016 was due to the organisation of an expedition in the Southern Ocean onboard the Marion Dufresne,showcasing the Soclim programme supported through the Climate Initiative programme.

Our commitment is also:

Our environmental commitment is guided by several principles and global initiatives dedicated to promoting low-carbon financing.

BNP Paribas's commitments to the energy transition

> See the infographic

Principles for Responsible Investment

BNP Paribas Asset Management is a signatory to these principles which aim to increase the role that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues play in investment decisions.

Equator Principles

In 2008, BNP Paribas adopted the Equator Principles, a set of guidelines for the financial sector aiming to identify, evaluate and manage the environmental and social risks of projects. Every year, BNP Paribas publishes a report focusing on its experience and the processes involved in applying the Equator Principles.

> More information :

> Equator Principles Reporting 2018

Soft Commodities Compact of the BEI

In 2014, BNP Paribas joined the Soft Commodities Compact, a unique initiative aiming to mobilize banks in efforts to transform agricultural supply chains and to encourage their customers to achieve net zero deforestation by 2020.

> More information

Montreal Carbon Pledge

BNP Paribas Investment Partners became one of the first asset managers to sign the Montreal Carbon Pledge, an initiative that encourages investors to measure and publish the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios.

> Go to the Montreal Carbon Pledge site

Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition

We are a member of this coalition that brings together a large number of institutional investors committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their portfolios.

> Go to the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition site

Paris Pledge for Action

To demonstrate our commitment to the Paris Agreement, we signed this pledge that unites non-governmental stakeholders around a landmark ambition: keeping the planet on a path that will limit global temperature rise to less than 2° Celsius.

> Read the Paris Pledge for Action

Principles for Mainstreaming Climate Action within Financial Institutions

This initiative led by the World Bank outlines five principles that financial institutions can apply in order to integrate the fight against climate change into their practices.

> Read the Principles for Mainstreaming Climate Action within Financial Institutions

Financial Institutions’ Declaration of Intent on Energy Efficiency

We signed this Declaration that commits financial institutions to encourage projects that promote energy efficiency through their activities. 

> Read the Financial Institutions’ Declaration of Intent on Energy Efficiency