International Women’s Day 2020: 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.
Key figures (Dec 2019)
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, 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.).
In line with its desire to accelerate its commitment to promoting equal opportunities and talented women, BNP Paribas plans to extend the signing of this charter to cover all of its top 100 executives or directors by 2021.
International Women's Day 2020: I am Generation Equality
To preserve and encourage women's empowerment in both rural and urban contexts, the theme for this year's International Women's Day is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.
The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, as the global community takes stock of progress made for women’s rights since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action. It will also mark several other galvanizing moments in the gender equality movement: a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment.
The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.