International Women’s Day 2021: BNP Paribas’ commitments

8 March is an international day of recognition but also a movement to promote women's rights, equality and justice. Made official in 1977 by the United Nations, Women's Day is commemorated through events around the world celebrating advances in women’s rights. On this occasion, BNP Paribas reviews its commitments to equality and gender diversity.

BNP Paribas, UN partner for three years

In a three-year agreement with the UN signed on, BNP Paribas will focus on two key aspects: 

  • Increasing 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, supporting women entrepreneurs around the world who are creating and developing renewable energy solutions.
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BNP Paribas: over 10 years of commitment 

BNP Paribas was one of the first banking groups to engage in a policy to prevent discrimination and promote diversity. As early as 2006, the Bank included the risk of discrimination in its 30 major operational risks. BNP Paribas also ensures that all differences are respected and promoted.

Its Diversity Policy is resolutely focused on promoting equality of opportunity and inclusion and applies to all countries in which the Bank operates. Its network of Diversity coordinators oversees all international actions taken while simultaneously adapting initiatives to best fit local needs.

Key figures (2020)

52%

OF EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONALLY

50%

OF NEW HIRES

31%

OF SENIOR MANAGEment positions COMPARED TO 18.4% IN 2011

BNP Paribas was one of the first signatories of the Women Empowerment Principles (WEP) and partners of the UN's HeForShe campaign for gender equality that encourages men to speak up and commit to equality.  

BNP Paribas signs up to the #JamaisSansElles Charter:

Signed in december 2019 by all the members of BNP Paribas’ Executive Committee and in 2021 by all our 100 executive managers, the #JamaisSansElles Charter represents a new step forward in the Group’s actions to support gender diversity and equality. The Group is the first company from the CAC40 to join the #JamaisSansElles movement, which promotes gender diversity. The male members of BNP Paribas’ Executive Committee have made a commitment to no longer take part in any internal or external events that involve more than three people without any women being present (discussions, expert panels, roundtables, etc.).


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