Engaging with the local community
As a leading global financial services group with 202,000 employees and operations in over 72 countries, BNP Paribas understands the importance of planning for a sustainable future for local communities – particularly in our changing world. Having operated in the Channel Islands since 1979, we instill a company ethos of the precedence of supporting local initiatives to strengthen our community.
Our Corporate and Social Responsibility prospers through the continued willingness of our staff who have raised thousands over the years for associated charities. Each year staff vote for the charities they wish to support and donate via ‘Dress Down’ Fridays, Payroll Giving and other staff-led initiatives which enable us to raise additional funds for charity.
Our Time For You To Give (OTFYTG) volunteering scheme gives our 300+ Channel Island based employees the opportunity to spend half a day of ‘work time’ per annum on a number of voluntary projects covering People Care, We Are Tennis, our local Environment and Channel Island Heritage.
We wholeheartedly feel that our integrated Corporate and Social Responsibility activities are appreciated and successful due to the continued support of our staff, who go above and beyond for our commitment. But is also due to the efforts of the charitable, social and environmental organisations we work alongside, who work tirelessly to pave a brighter and stronger local community every day.
Jersey Heritage is also important to us and the ‘OTFYTG’ volunteering initiative enables our staff to work on a range of tasks such as the archiving of documents, which includes cleaning, packaging, cataloging and the scanning of documents, and more recently we have cleaned Victorian artifacts in preparation for the reopening of a local museum’s doors to the public.
For many years our staff have undertaken various gardening tasks at Jersey Hospice gardens and more recently worked in conjunction with the tireless Hospice volunteers on the logistical side of running their amazing charity shops.
We’ve taken part in projects such as tree planting, meadow clearing, beach cleaning and many more projects aimed to reset the clock and encourage local children to look after their islands. We feel it is vital to maintain our natural environments and nurture what we have for a more sustainable (and beautiful) future, so we are thrilled to be able to be involved whilst working alongside the environmental experts, who provide our staff and school children with educational talks.
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 202 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.