International Women’s Day 2019: 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.
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.
International Women's Day 2019: engagement for an equal future
To preserve and encourage women's empowerment in both rural and urban contexts, the theme for this year's International Women's Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”.
The opportunity to bring innovation to the centre stage and to leverage it for gender equality and women’s empowerment globally, including: public services, income security, sustainable infrastructure and technology.
For example, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design, women are under-represented. In the long term, this gender digital divide prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society.
The influence of women in the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies is a key factor to achieve transformative gains for society. It is therefore urgent to enable women and girls to play an active role in building more inclusive systems, efficient services and sustainable infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and gender equality.