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BNP Paribas receives certification among ‘Top Employers 2014 Europe'

For the first time, the BNP Paribas Group has received recognition as one of Europe's most attractive employers, obtaining ‘Top Employers 2014 Europe' certification. This seal of approval, conferred by the Top Employers Institute, recognises high standards of excellence in the working conditions that employers create for their people. Optimal employee conditions ensure that people are able to develop, both personally and professionally

BNP Paribas obtained this European regional certification following successful local surveys and audit in five separate countries. The Group's establishments in those five countries will also receive national certification, formally awarded during the month of February.

This certification is the result of an attractive Human Resources policy that meets the very highest standards.

Over the past ten years, BNP Paribas has seen strong international growth and a rapid increase in the number of employees working for the Group. In this situation, the Group is determined to enhance its employer brand in order to attract the most talented people and unite all staff.

An employee survey conducted by the Top Employers Institute revealed four major areas generally recognised by staff as being strong points of BNP Paribas: the attractiveness of the brand and the business model; career management; training; and ‘People Care'*.

Career management and training, areas to which BNP Paribas attaches particular importance, were identified by both employees and job applicants as a positive point, as the Group's policy is to foster job mobility across departments and geographies. The figures show that every employee receives on average 25 hours of training per year.

Last but not least, ‘People Care' is recognised by the majority of BNP Paribas staff as a key management principle. This demonstrates that there is widespread adherence at the Group to the principles of respect for people, fairness and diversity, and a strong team spirit. Yves Martrenchar, Group Head of Human Resources at BNP Paribas, underlined: "Every person who joins the Group must be made to feel at home here if he or she is to fully buy into and help to achieve BNP Paribas' plans and goals. An employee who feels respected and well-treated will show loyalty to the Group and perform better.”

*One of the four stated Management Principles of the BNP Paribas Group.

About Top Employers
The certification conferred by the Top Employers Institute (formerly known as the CRF Institute) is a highly-coveted seal of approval for company HR policies and practices, which is awarded following a comprehensive analysis of the company's Human Resources environment. The Institute, which works on several continents, certifies each year more than 750 companies from all sectors. The Top Employers research methodology is adapted to each country and developed in close cooperation with a local panel of HR experts and other selected partners. All aspects of HR policy – including compensation policy, working conditions, employee benefits, company culture, training, career opportunities and career development – are examined in detail.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas has a presence in nearly 80 countries with 190,000 employees, including 145,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. 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 across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia-Pacific.