Diversity & Inclusion Week is a highlight for BNP Paribas and all of its employees around the world: an opportunity for the Group to promote diversity, respect for others and to demonstrate the importance of everyone’s commitment on a daily basis.

Raising employees’ awareness and starting a dialogue 

The week from 11 to 15 October 2021 will feature a large number of digital events accessible to all Group employees. Addressing a multitude of topics, the conferences aim to raise employee awareness and thus open up dialogue, seeking to foster an ever more inclusive work environment. Wide diversity and a real inclusion of differences are essential ingredients for everyone to flourish and for the continuous reinforcement of our “Openness” and “Good Place to Workvalues.


A global week

Many of the Group’s countries are getting mobilised on various topics: cultural diversity, gender equality, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, intergenerational relations, religious diversity, disability, etc. Topics that will be broached to fight against stereotypes, overturn preconceived ideas and start a dialogue.

In Portugal, the week is dedicated to mental health, which will be addressed from different angles during workshops and debates. The stated goal, by freeing up employees to speak, is to move towards a more serene climate where differences become a strength.
In Italy: Five meetings have been organised with Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, Director, to discuss multiculturalism, gender, age, disability and LGBTQIA+.
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In France: The week will be punctuated by a number of events. Innovative formats, such as the speed meeting in networks and a matching event for Mentoring/Reverse Mentoring, or more traditional events in the form of conferences and round tables, addressing several topics: the place of senior citizens in companies, mental disabilities, everyday sexism, ethnic statistics, etc. And with #WomenInTech, employees and their daughters will be able to take part in workshops and ask themselves questions about the place of women in the tech sector.

In the UK: UK CSR and the Early Careers network are hosting a special in-person event with lunch with charity partner Making the Leap, which aims to equip hundreds of young people with the soft skills they need to succeed. Employees will also be invited to become a #NextGen volunteer with Streetgames to change the lives of young people living in low-income, underserved communities by harnessing the power of sport to create positive change.

In the US: Two conferences will mark this week: The Current and Future State of DEI and The Value Proposition of DEI in Your Business. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the results of initiatives already in place, to launch new ideas and to consider what diversity and inclusion bring to employees and the Group as a whole.

In Asia, employees will be able to exchange views during webinars dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. An opportunity to ask the question “Why is diversity everyone’s business?” or to discuss with Daisuke Arai, a contributor and participant in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the wheelchair tennis category.

The International Employee Networks Day

For the first time, this year, BNP Paribas is organising The International Employee Networks Day on 12 October. The Group has many networks throughout the world and this day will be an opportunity for all employees to know them better, to get information, to exchange views and to become members. Every year, more than 30,000 employees of BNP Paribas are involved in internal networks that play a key role in promoting diversity and inclusion.

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Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

Director and CEO of BNP Paribas

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