This year the BNP Paribas Group ‘Diversity and Inclusion Week’ will run from 3-7 October.
“In order to create a really motivating work environment, we all need to open up to other people and show respect for differences. Dedicating this week to diversity and inclusiveness will help to strengthen BNP Paribas’ commitment to these values and foster dialogue across the Group on this subject,” underlined Barbara Levéel, BNP Paribas Group Head of Diversity.
Diversity and Inclusion Week will feature a large number of events in various countries where the Group is established, including Belgium, France, Italy, the UK and the USA. The events will touch on such themes as skills-based volunteering, cultural and religious diversity, and stereotyping.
In France, BNP Paribas will be challenging stereotypical views on personal disabilities by putting forward a number of testimonies illustrating exceptional life stories, including a Paralympic table tennis champion and an aerobatics pilot who lives with a disability. In addition, the film ‘Women and Men’, by French journalist and TV presenter Frédérique Bedos, will be screened several times during the Week. The film highlights the importance of gender parity and points out what a serious obstacle the discrimination faced by women all over the world poses to economic and social progress.
Last year BNP Paribas signed the ‘Autre Cercle’ Charter, thus marking the Bank’s commitment to oppose all forms of discrimination against people on the grounds of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, and set up an internal Pride France network. Meanwhile, going forward, the Group is taking further action as part of its policy of ensuring an inclusive working environment for all. A conference is to be held at BNP Paribas Cardif and there will be an international day dedicated to this subject in the UK.
In Belgium, BNP Paribas Fortis will be rolling out an initiative called ‘LiveMyJob’. Twenty employees will be giving their colleagues the opportunity to follow them at work for a day. This initiative will also be on offer in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia and the UK.
In total, more than 150 events will be running all over the world during BNP Paribas Diversity and Inclusion Week.