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Commitment 5 : Diversity

In 2014 the Group gave new momentum to raising awareness, implementing diversity networks and increasing managerial resources to promote diversity. It signed new commitments to go further in terms of equality of opportunity and work-life balance. It also focused efforts to combat all forms of discrimination and to establish an organisation capable of ensuring both equality on a daily basis and employees’ well-being.

Photo : World – more than 5,000 employees took part in Diversity Week and in a variety of ways, including interactive skits.



For the first time, Diversity Week was organised simultaneously by various business lines in the U.K., Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Belgium, France, Poland, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand and Singapore. Through initiatives such as conferences, workshops, forums or theatre, over 5,000 people were made aware of the challenges of workplace equality, inter-generational dialogue, work-life balance or the link between diversity and innovation.



On 28 April 2014, BNP Paribas signed the “Charter of 15 work-life balance commitments” established by the French Ministry of Women’s Rights and the Observatory on work-life balance and parenting in business. The Group helps all managers to be exemplary and to embody the charter. Concretely, this means respecting the work-life balance of employees, optimising meetings and making it clear that e-mails are to be avoided at the weekend and during holidays. This charter breathes new life into actions already undertaken since 2013, makes progress in terms of workplace equality and serves as an example of best practice.



On 16 September 2014, the Group signed a European agreement on equality in the workplace. This second part of its European Social Charter aims to ensure that men and women are given equal treatment at every stage of their professional life based on their skills and performance. Its application will be subject to a review in 2015.

Photo : Europe - The agreement on professional equality is applicable in 20 countries representing 67% of the Group’s employees.