Engaging with the local community
As part of our commitment to the local community, BNP Paribas Jersey has created a staff volunteering programme called ‘Our Time for You to Give’. This programme is centred around four local initiatives focusing on people care, local heritage, the environment and tennis.
Each employee is given the opportunity to volunteer for one of the projects which take place during work time. On an annual basis, more than 150 employees give over 800 hours of volunteering.
We were highly commended by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2012 under ‘Outstanding Employee Engagement’ for this initiative.
Jersey Heritage cares for more than 300,000 unique documents that tell the story of Jersey’s cultural heritage. The voluntary project entails working alongside the archive staff to clean, package, catalogue and scan some of the documents to help preserve the Island’s written heritage for future generations.
As part of the redevelopment of Clarkson House, Jersey Hospice launched a ‘Corporate Planting Scheme’ which BNP Paribas supports by funding, planting and maintaining two areas which include a flower bed and lawn area.
Every year, BNP Paribas “adopts” a different beach, which involves conducting beach cleans in conjunction with local primary schools. Participating staff and the school children are responsible for collecting and logging the rubbish and debris found. Participants also receive a talk from a local environmentalist so that everyone fully understands the importance of keeping our beaches clean.
BNP Paribas, a responsible economic player
For the Group, being a responsible bank means living up to its economic responsibilities and working to finance projects for its clients.
In addition, BNP Paribas recognises that it has responsibilities in three other areas:
This means treating the Group’s more than 192,092 employees in a fair and loyal manner and engaging in serious and meaningful dialogue with staff union representatives.
This means helping to combat social exclusion and promoting education and culture. The Group has a strong stake in society, through initiatives and projects which take its banking role one step further for the good of society: special assistance for underprivileged neighbourhoods and marginalised areas, microcredit, support for charitable organisations and social economy enterprises. Our civic engagement is also manifested in the corporate philanthropy work done by the BNP Paribas Foundation, whose charity initiatives include educational, cultural and public health projects.
BNP Paribas pays particular attention to the environmental impact resulting from its banking activities all over the world. The Group has drawn up and implemented detailed policies relating both to its day-to-day functioning and to sensitive fields of industry, and supports environmental initiatives through the BNP Paribas Foundation.