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In the scope of the HeForShe solidarity movement launched by the United Nations in 2014, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Director and CEO of BNP Paribas has reinforced his commitment to gender equality by joining 8 Thematic Champions in 2018. 

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé will be reinforcing his commitment and, together with all BNP Paribas employees, undertake concrete initiatives to attain equality and professional diversity. 

In this three-year partnership, BNP Paribas will focus on two key aspects: 

  • Increase diversity in certain business lines of the Bank that were traditionally made up of mostly women or men.
  • With the HeForShe campaign and the UN, support women entrepreneurs around the world who are creating and developing renewable energy solutions.

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé is Thematic Champion for the HeforShe Thematic initiative

After being contacted in 2015 by France’s UN Women National Committee, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO of BNP Paribas, became an ambassador for the HeForShe campaign. In 2018, he has furthered his commitment by becoming a Thematic Champion. Alongside all BNP Paribas employees, he will implement concrete initiatives that will increase equality and professional gender diversity.

MALE CEOS AROUND THE WORLD ARE JOINING THE HEFORSHE MOVEMENT AND ARE COMMITTED TO GENDER EQUALITY. 

The aim of the HeForShe initiative is to encourage governmental leaders and Top Leaders of both public and private sector enterprises to publicly promote and take concrete steps to foster equality between men and women through specific fields of action. HeForShe Champions are committed to achieving three objectives on gender equality over a five-year span. Thematic Champions make a three-year commitment to focus on an area of gender equality within their sphere of influence.

Campaign "Reveal yourself"

Six BNP Paribas employees, 3 women traders and 3 HR men share their experience through six testimonials. These six employees decided to go beyond the stereotypes conveyed by the jobs and prove that it is always possible to do the job of their choice and that it is enriching and rewarding to evolve in HR for a man or evolve as a trader as a woman. As diversity is a real asset, BNP Paribas needs all the women and men to flourish in the job they love and to give the best of themselves.

“ IN BUSINESS, YOU NEED EVERYONE—MEN AND WOMEN—TO WORK TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT SOLVE TODAY’S CHALLENGES IF 50% OF YOUR PEOPLE DON’T FULFIL THEIR POTENTIAL ”

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé

Director and CEO of BNP Paribas