Integrated Report 2021

Human rights

Promoting diversity and counteracting discrimination is a key aspect of the Bank's management model and the management principles of the BNP Paribas group.

Anti-discrimination and respect for human rights

  • 103-1
  • 103-2
  • 103-3
  • 406-1
  • 412-1
  • 412-2
  • S-P5
  • S-P6
  • UNGC 1
  • UNGC 2
  • UNGC 6

Our priority is to treat all employees and external partners fairly, with due respect regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability and other factors.

In 2012, the BNP Paribas Group signed the BNP Paribas Declaration on Human Rights, thus ensuring respect for human rights within ​​its areas of influence, including employees, suppliers, Customers and local communities. The BNP Paribas Group Code of Conduct stresses the importance of treating all employees with respect. The Code describes employees’ expected behaviours and attitudes inside and outside the organisation.

In addition, the BNP Paribas Group signed the BNP Paribas Agreement on Fundamental Rights and Global Social Solutions as well as the ILO Global Business and Disability Network Charter (International Labor Organisation). Thus, the Group confirmed its compliance with international standards on human rights and committed to their promotion, as well as expressed its support for the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights.

The BNP Paribas Group observes a number of principles and standards that underlie its business activities, including:

  • UN Sustainable Development Agenda
  • The 10 UN Global Compact Principles
  • UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights
  • OECD Guidelines for Internationally recognised Business Enterprises
  • Internationally recognised human rights standards as defined by the International Bill of Human Rights
  • Core labour standards defined by the International Labor Organisation
  • BNP Paribas Group Code of Conduct
  • BNP Paribas Human Rights Declaration
  • CSR Declaration for BNP Paribas Suppliers

Since 2016, the Bank has also been a signatory of the Diversity Charter, an international initiative supported by the European Commission. It is devoted, among other things, to non-discrimination in the workplace, as well as involving all employees, as well as business and social partners in anti-discrimination initiatives.

In 2020, the BNP Paribas Group developed an e-learning module entitled “Understanding and implementing human rights in the company.” It is mandatory for employees who are involved in identifying potential risks regarding human rights violations, including those connected with areas such as CSR, risk, purchases and sales management. The assignment and completion of this training by employees from the aforementioned areas is monitored at a global level. The training is also available to all interested employees. By the end of December 2021, the training was assigned to 137 people, and 104 completed it.

In addition, the Bank’s Human Resources Management Department regularly provides training on discrimination and mobbing. In 2020, two webinars were organised and were attended by nearly 900 employees. The webinars were conducted by a legal adviser, the president of the Polish Society of Anti-discrimination, Karolina Kędziora. In 2021, the initiative was continued and we organised a webinar addressed to the managerial staff. Almost 300 people took part in the event.

The Bank’s human rights management includes, among other things, monitoring the reports on mobbing, discrimination, harassment and violations of employee rights.

The Bank has a zero-tolerance mobbing policy. Mobbing prevention is regulated by the Anti-Mobbing Policy implemented at the Bank. It enables the employer to prevent mobbing and to react immediately if it occurs.

Employee reports on mobbing are investigated by the Anti-Mobbing Commission.

The Bank has implemented Principles for dealing with reports of harassment and sexual harassment in professional relations. These enable the safe reporting of reasonable suspicions without fear of retaliation against the reporting party. This document also regulates issues related to the protection of human rights. It implements solutions adopted in the BNP Paribas Group Policy Treatment of harassment notifications.

The Diversity Management Policy contains regulations for managing the risk of discrimination. It aims to create and promote a diverse work environment that uses the potential of all employees. The policy obliges all employees to comply with the adopted principles in all HR management processes.

The main policies, procedures and other documents regulating due diligence issues, including those related to human rights protection at the level of the BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.Capital Group and BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. are listed in the Due diligence policies and procedures section of the current chapter.

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