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BNP Paribas reaffirms its social commitment on a European scale with the signing of an agreement on the prevention of work-related stress

This morning, BNP Paribas signed an agreement on the prevention of work-related stress with two European federations, the FECEC* and UNI Europa**, and a delegation of its European Committee officer members.

Against profound changes in the banking environment, this agreement is a clear reminder that the prevention of work-related stress is a key issue that contributes to better health and safety for employees at work, as well as to greater efficiency.

In particular, based on a shared description of work-related stress and factors contributing to it, the agreement recalls and/or specifies the means to be implemented for such prevention or corrective measures that must be taken, including the following:

-          rolling out information campaigns and awareness-raising actions relating to employee stress;

-          setting up stress assessment mechanisms whenever possible;

-          integrating a specific component on stress prevention in management training programmes;

-          taking into account – through dedicated support measures and with employees concerned – the consequences of projects involving major organisational changes on working conditions and risk prevention

-          focusing on the use of new information and communication technologies that should be part of the work/life balance and the right to privacy;

-          communicating the actions to be carried out regarding workload and workplace support.

This agreement illustrates BNP Paribas Group’s European dimension, the importance granted to stress prevention and the priority given to social dialogue.

It represents the third part of a European Social Charter that follows an initial European agreement on employment Management (10 July 2012) and a second agreement on professional equality (16 September 2014).

This agreement confirms BNP Paribas Group’s commitment to stress prevention and the priority given to social dialogue.

To receive the agreement please send your request to [at] bnpparibas (dot) com

* FECEC: Fédération Européenne des Cadres des Etablissements de Crédit (The European federation of managers of lending institutions)

** UNI Europa: Union Network International - Europa

About the BNP Paribas European Committee

The BNP Paribas European Committee is an information body that hosts discussions and fosters dialogue. It provides a forum for expressing different points of view from the various participants on economic, financial, and social issues which, owing to their transnational nature or strategic importance, are likely to be of interest to companies within the Group as set forth under the scope of application.

The following 23 countries are covered by the BNP Paribas European Committee scope of application: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 189,000 employees, including more than 146,000 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, corporates 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 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.