• Diversity and inclusion

IDAHOT 2024, what does it mean to be LGBT+ in the workplace?

Every 17 May, BNP Paribas joins the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia on the international day dedicated to the cause (IDAHOT). This is an opportunity to stand up against LGBTphobe violence and join forces for the inclusion of all, regardless of gender identity or emotional orientation.

BNP Paribas is committed to providing a working environment that fosters respect and appreciation for all Group employees, regardless of their affectional orientation or gender identity.

For the 4th edition of its barometer, the association l'Autre Cercle* and Ifop have carried out the largest survey in France on the inclusion of LGBT+ people at work, with the broadest panel ever surveyed! With the support of DILCRAH** and BNP Paribas, almost 50,000 employees in France were surveyed, including over 4,500 respondents from the Group.

Very encouraging results in the workplace, and areas for improvement

At Group level, our recent internal surveys show that 87% of employees surveyed believe that they can be themselves in the performance of their duties and that BNP Paribas is committed to all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation. 

the Group's own figures are even more positive than the national average!

Focus on France

In France, in 2024, six out of ten LGBT+ people are visible to their colleagues at work, an increase of ten points in six years, according to the results of the LGBT+ barometer. The study reveals an improvement in the atmosphere at work regarding topics related to affectional orientation and gender identity.

Although the questions of coming out and emotional orientation seem to have become normalized, that of gender identity remains subject to considerable tension. Transgender and non-binary people remain the populations most vulnerable to attacks and so-called “ordinary” violence.

Some key figures from the barometer by l'Autre Cercle for BNP Paribas

71 %

of LGBT+ visibility within the Group.

95 %

of employees responding to the survey consider the Group LGBT+ friendly.

83 %

of LGBT+ employees feel comfortable being themselves.

some group initiatives around the world

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  • For our customers, credit cards in line with their chosen gender identity. Nickel launched the “True Name” Mastercard initiative allowing customers to display their common name (and not the “deadname”, i.e. the name given at birth) on their payment card. In addition, in France, BCEF has implemented “A chacun son image” (To each their own image), a scheme allowing customers to subscribe to a committed visual for an annual fee of €12,50 entirely donated to the SOS Homophobie association.   

BNP Paribas PRIDE, a professional and global network 

The highly active BNP Paribas PRIDE network brings together LGBT+ employees but also allies, that is to say people wishing to show their support in the fight against all forms of discrimination and help create a professional environment in which every individual can flourish, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. With more than 3,600 members spread across around thirty countries, the PRIDE network has been enhanced by a new unit in Poland, the last of the networks to be created in October 2023.

BNP Paribas pride on LinkedIn

* The Other Circle, an association founded in 1997, is the leading French actor for the integration of LGBT+ people in the workplace. The association brings together more than 290 public and private organisations that adhere to the LGBT+ Commitment Charter, to which the BNP Paribas Group has been a signatory since 2015.

** Interministerial Delegation for Combating Racism, Anti-semitism, and Anti-LGBT à la lutte contre le racisme, l'antisémitisme et la haine anti-LGBT Hatred

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