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Diversity & Inclusion

Promoting diversity and fighting against all forms of discrimination

From 9 to 27 October 2017, the Group will be making its employees more aware of Diversity and Inclusion with a series of events around the world. Conferences, shows, visits and round tables are on the programme for these two weeks of events and gatherings worldwide.

Raising employees’ awareness to launch dialogue

Tolerance and openness towards others contribute to a sense of belonging among the employees of our Group. Greater diversity and the integration of differences are essential ingredients to continue strengthening our values of “Openness” and “a Good place to work”.

The Diversity and Inclusion weeks each year give BNP Paribas employees the chance to get together around the ideas of promoting and respecting diversity in the company, which is a recognised performance and growth lever.

Two weeks to celebrate Diversity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas!

Events organised worldwide

To coincide with the Diversity and Inclusion weeks, many countries are mobilising this year with a variety of events on numerous issues: cultural diversity, gender equality, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religious diversity, disability, etc. These are some of the topics that will be broached during unique events to upend preconceived ideas, open up dialogue and fight against prejudice.

In France from 9 to 20 October, employees will have the opportunity to attend numerous conferences, debates, fist-hand accounts, visits and shows. They will discover for instance how technological progress can serve the cause of Disability, explore stereotypes through video games, or understand intergenerational relationships through art. More than 15 events to take them to the core of the company’s commitments! 

In Belgium from 16 to 20 October, Diversity week will be celebrated in Brussels, Ghent, Liège and Anvers, with a series of events on the central theme “Connecting Generations”.  The programme includes conferences and discussions to take a different look at generational differences and working together more effectively.

In Italy from 16 to 20 October, BNL is organising a week dedicated to Diversity in all its forms for employees in Rome, Milan, Naples and Florence, with nearly 20 events. There will be round tables on topics like women’s place in the company and intergenerational challenges, workshops to learn sign language, a sensory exhibition, and much more.

In Asia from 16 to 27 October, 5 main topics will come under the spotlight: Gender equality, Cultural diversity, LGBT, Unintentional bias and Disability. Round tables, film screenings and workshops will be held in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to understand more about these issues.

Finally, for the first time this year, the Netherlands, Poland and Ireland will be organising their own Diversity and Inclusion week.

“ Diversity Week is the annual highlight for the policy the Group had been conducting these past 15 years to promote Diversity and Inclusion. It is THE event where staff members of all the Group’s entities, everywhere in the world, can get together and talk about topics like gender equality, multiculturalism, disability, etc. ”

Barbara Levéel

Head of Diversity, BNP Paribas Group