Bank BNP Paribas has joined the fight against plastic. Disposable plastic cups, cutlery, plates, as well as drinks in plastic bottles have been removed from our purchasing platforms. Headquarters, business centres and departments are equipped with water dispensers, decanters and glasses. The process of minimising the use of plastic in canteens at the Bank’s Headquarters is underway. We promote the use of reusable containers for meals and the exchange of plastic cutlery and packaging for ecological and compostable alternatives.
A pilot waste composting program was launched in the Paribar canteen at the Bank’s Headquarters in Kasprzaka, Warsaw. The generated compost fertilises surrounding lawns. Workers can also take it home to fertilise their plants.
We make every effort to ensure that products available in vending machines at our premises have eco-friendly packaging. The vending machines contain drinks in glass bottles and cans.
At the Bank’s branches, we segregate waste in accordance with local laws and regulations. We encourage our employees to use resources responsibly and to apply (both in private and professional life) the 5R principles:
- REFUSE – Refuse what you don’t need;
- REDUCE – Limit what you need;
- REUSE – Reuse what you already have;
- RECYCLE – Recycle what you can’t use anymore;
- ROT – Compost what is no longer suitable for consumption.
The Bank plans marketing gadgets responsibly. It promotes and produces sustainable gadgets: reusable lunchboxes, water bottles and eco-bags. Deprecated promotional materials receive a second life or are passed on to social organisations. After last year’s rebranding campaign, large format materials were recycled to produce accessories, including bags and backpacks.
In September 2019, we introduced an ecological alternative to the foil used for decorating windows at our branches. It is free of PVC and environmentally harmful chemicals and is recycled after use it is then processed into a granulate, which can be reused in the production of polypropylene materials, such as: water pipes and tanks, medical accessories (e.g. syringes), rugs and carpets, wire insulation, car parts (e.g. bumpers) and toys.