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BNP Paribas: more than 200 employees will take part this summer in the Gay Games, of which the Group is a main sponsor

  • More than 200 employees from 15 countries will take part this year in the Gay Games - Paris 2018.
  • BNP Paribas wishes to support this sporting and cultural event, which promotes diversity through sport, as one the main sponsors of the 10th edition, which Paris will host for the first time in August 2018.

On the occasion of the 10th Gay Games, to be held from 4 to 12 August 2018 in Paris, over 200
BNP Paribas employees from 15 countries have signed up to compete in 25 disciplines such as the marathon, half marathon, badminton, football and tennis.

By inviting employees to take part in this event, which promotes openness and dialogue through sport, BNP Paribas wanted to give employees the opportunity to share the values ​​of diversity and inclusion promoted by the Group. For more than 10 years BNP Paribas has put in place an ambitious policy to prevent discrimination and promote diversity.

Held every four years since 1982, the Gay Games are a sporting, cultural and festive event that advocates, through sport, a society open to all forms of diversity. The Group, which has placed diversity and inclusion at the centre of its commitment, wanted to support this initiative as a main sponsor of the Paris 2018 games.

Caroline Courtin, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas, said: “We are convinced that the values of diversity and inclusion are fundamental ​​for the success of our organisation. By continually strengthening our policy and actions, we at BNP Paribas wish to continue to create a respectful, open and efficient working environment that offers the same opportunities to all its employees.”

Antoine Sire, Director of the Company Engagement Department and member of the BNP Paribas Executive Committee, said: “With more than 10,000 participants coming from 70 countries, the Gay Games are a large-scale sporting celebration. We’re pleased to be a part of an event with which we share the values of equality and which for the first time is taking place in Paris.”

BNP Paribas' diversity and inclusion policy is firmly directed at promoting equal opportunity and inclusion. It extends to all countries where the Group is present and is implemented via a range of measures set out in work place agreements. Employees – especially managers – receive training on diversity and inclusion that help them tackle stereotyping. The bank has put in place measures to ensure that progress is being made on gender equality. It also has policies to promote the hiring, retention and workplace integration of employees with disabilities. It provides training, raises awareness of disability among employees and sources suppliers who provide protected work environments for the disabled. 

BNP Paribas has also entered into partnerships with a number of specialist organisations and encourages staff to set up employee networks in order to foster inclusion.

In September 2017 employees launched WeGenerations, the first intergenerational network. Other networks in France include: Afrinity, All Abroad, Happy Men, Association BNP Paribas Mixcity, and Pride.

Photo credit: ©Photocreo Bednarek

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 countries, with more than 196,000 employees, including around 149,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.