BNP Paribas, the bank for a changing world, is proud to present April 2009 as MilliontreesNYC month in New York City for the second year in a row. The Bank has been present in New York City for over 30 years through its Corporate and Investment Banking division. Our involvement in this important initiative is aligned with BNP Paribas' long term commitment to the environment and social responsibility.
MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project with an ambitious goal to plant and care for one million new trees across New York City's five boroughs over the next nine years. The MilionTreesNYC initiative will increase New York's urban forest, its most valuable environmental asset, by an astounding 20 percent, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.
Commenting on the initiative, Everett Schenk, CEO of BNP Paribas North America, said "BNP Paribas is delighted to partner once again with MillionTreesNYC to help the City change for the better. This is a great opportunity to give back to the City that has been our North American headquarters for over 30 years and to also give our employees the ability to volunteer their time to make New York greener.”
“Last year's project was a wonderful experience for our employees who volunteered their time to help make this ambition a reality and we are happy to continue our involvement in this great project to enhance the City in which we work and live” said Michele Sicard, Head of Corporate Communications for BNP Paribas in North America.
On a global basis, BNP Paribas is part of several key environmental programs such as Global Compact (in partnership with the United Nations) and the Carbon Disclosure Project which is one of the largest development programs by a non-profit organization in the field of corporate gas emissions. BNP Paribas has been included in the DOW Jones index for socially responsible investment -Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) - for the past 7 years.
Please see the blog www.forachangingworld.com for further information about BNP Paribas' environmental, goodwill and educational initiatives.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in 85 countries, with more than 173,000 employees, including 132,700 in Europe and 15,000 in North America. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.