Integrated Report 2021

Diversity in the workplace

Promotion of diversity is an integral part of the Bank management and of management principles of the BNP Paribas Group.

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Management of this area is regulated by The Policy of Adequacy Assessment of the Supervisory Board Members, Management Board Members and Other Key Persons of the BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. and The Diversity Management Policy of the BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. The Bank has committed to foster diversity and counteract exclusion within its CSR & Sustainable Development Strategy, which is one of the foundations of the organisational culture and an element of the business strategy of the Bank.

Diversity management policy

We strive to create and promote a diverse workplace, which makes full use of employees’ potential. The Policy sets forth rules of conduct regarding discrimination risk management and respect for diversity. It includes rules binding for the BNP Paribas Group. The Policy concerns all employees in all possible aspects of employment management, especially recruitment processes, career planning and development, and training schemes. The Bank has a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory employment practices, be it direct or indirect. This includes discrimination against gender, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, denomination, religion, sexual identification and orientation, political beliefs, labour union affiliation. Similarly unacceptable is discrimination against form of employment: fixed or permanent, full or part-time.

The Bank has signed two important documents regulating diversity management:

  • Diversity Charter, which concerns i.a. non-discrimination policy in the workplace. The initiative engages all employees, business and social partners, and is supported by the European Commission.
  • BNP Paribas Agreement on Basic Rights and Global Social Solutions and the ILO Global Business and Disability Network Charter, which obliges its signatories to respect human rights while striving for best business results, which is why we promote diversity and tolerance. We ensure gender equality, protection of health and quality of life in the workplace. Thus, managing employment and changes, we take into account employment regulations and workplace requirements of people with disabilities.

Our initiatives towards diversity are reviewed by independent external bodies. In 2021, we were assessed by the Central Institute for Labor Protection and Responsible Business Forum. As a result, the Bank once again came out as one of the leaders of Diversity in Check rating.

We encourage our employees to take action. We actively support grassroots initiatives of employee resource groups.. We also engage in projects of the non-governmental sector, which foster diversity and prevent exclusion of sensitive social groups.

  • Diversity Days 2021 took place as a hybrid event, spearheaded by employee resource groups and project groups working towards Diversity & Inclusion (hereinafter D&I). Each day was devoted to a different topic: women, 50+ employees and cross-generational cooperation, LGBT+, parental competences and disability.
  • We encourage the creation of and participation in employee resource groups. New initiatives invented in 2021 include Daddy, you can bank on it and BNP Paribas Pride Poland.
  • We continue the program Bank Close to Close Ones, took part in Two Hours for Family again, organised by Institute Humanities. We organised the Parental Week, a round of online meetings with experts who advise on parenting and cross-generational support.
  • We take extra care of health issues and employees’ welfare. In November 2021, we advertised regular health check-ups as part of the Health Week, a cycle of webinars on female and male health. We also organised Two Hours for Health
  • We continue to support the LGBT+ community. We created a handbook for employees, a webinar for parents and friends/relatives of LGBT+ youth. We also join international initiatives of the Group, and support creation and development of LGBT+ employee resource group. To examine the situation of LGBT+ employees at the Bank, we launched a company-wide survey. In 2021, we placed fourth (and first among banks) in Cashless for equalities ranking – a ranking of financial institutions in Poland, which foster the idea of D&I among the LGBT+ people.
  • We created the Ten Commandments of Equal Treatment, which is the result of the survey and workshops on equal treatment conducted by women’s resource group. The Commandments is an active way of communicating rules shaping appropriate relations in the workplace – free of discrimination and micro-discrimination. Our motto is See the difference, do not discriminate.
  • We are implementing development and talent programs, e.g. Development Festival, Mam to, Dam to – a program of knowledge sharing. The first edition of Women Up took place, organised by Women Changing BNP Paribas.
  • We foster gender equality. As women and men have equal rights to career development, we watch out over equal rights and duties in care over dependents. We are partnered with the foundation Share the Care, co-authors of the handbook for employers 50/50 – a win-win for everyone. The role of the employer in encouraging men to take parental leave; we are also partnered with the parenting portal
  • We act under the motto Zero tolerance for discrimination and mobbing. We regularly prevent unwanted incidents in the workplace. In March 2021, we created a webinar for managers, which hosted Karolina Kędziora, a legal counsel, President of the Polish Society of Antidiscrimination Law.
  • We continue to act towards disability awareness and openness. We conduct workshops and webinars on this topic. We cooperate with the Foundation Intergralia and Foundation Integracja. We created new and special work stations, at which employees raise social awareness and support collegegues with disabilities.

Policies and procedures regulating diversity management at the Bank can be found in the Chapter Management Foundations, subchapter Due Dilligence Policies and Procedures.

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Diversity policy and supervisory, managing and administrative organs

Diversity policy is employed by Members of the Management Board, Supervisory Board and other key persons in the Bank while appointing new members of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. Different points of view and independent opinions are extremely important for the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. Members of these bodies are appointed so that managing and supervisory organs can make sensible decisions and fulfil their tasks to the best of their abilities.

Thanks to the diversity strategy, persons are appointed according to diverse knowledge, skills and experience corresponding to function and duties. These criteria are verified within the adequacy assessment process, which is described in the The Policy of Adequacy Assessment of the Supervisory Board Members, Management Board Members and Other Key Persons of the BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. Furthermore, in accordance with the diversity policy, the Bank appreciates differences resulting from gender, age and origin. The diversity policy guides how to make use of these difference to achieve best results.

The Bank is invested in implementing ideals of diversity on a real scale, so it strives to guarantee proportionate share of women and men in the Bank’s bodies. To this end, the Bank has made a strategic commitment, expressed in the diversity policy, to guarantee to women at least 30% of seats in each: the Management Board and the Supervisory Board.

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Diversity in the Bank


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Employment structure in the Group and the Bank in 2021 by gender (total of active employees)

Capital Group BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Employment Structure Women Men Total Women Men Total
Management Board 5 14 19 2 7 9
Key Managers 39 75 114 39 75 114
Managers 640 455 1,095 615 431 1,046
Other positions 4,527 2,333 6,860 4,442 2,269 6,711
Total 5,211 2,877 8,088 5,098 2,782 7,880

Capital Group BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Employment Structure Women Men Total Women Men Total
Management Board 26% 74% 100% 22% 78% 100%
Key Managers 34% 66% 100% 34% 66% 100%
Managers 58% 42% 100% 59% 41% 100%
Other positions 66% 34% 100% 66% 34% 100%

Capital Group BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Employment Structure <30 30-50 >50 Total <30 30-50 >50 Total
Management Board 0 10 9 19 0 3 6 9
Key Managers 0 94 20 114 0 94 20 114
Managers 19 966 110 1,095 17 922 107 1,046
Other positions 1,066 5,168 626 6,860 1,036 5,060 615 6,711
Total 1,085 6,238 765 8,088 1,053 6,079 748 7,880

Capital Group BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Employment Structure <30 30-50 >50 Total <30 30-50 >50 Total
Management Board 0% 53% 47% 100% 0% 33% 67% 100%
Key Managers 0% 82% 18% 100% 0% 82% 18% 100%
Managers 2% 88% 10% 100% 2% 88% 10% 100%
Other positions 16% 75% 9% 100% 15% 75% 9% 100%

Capital Group BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Women Men Total Women Men Total
14 21 35 5 7 12
40% 60% 100% 42% 58% 100%

Capital Group BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
<30 30-50 >50 Total <30 30-50 >50 Total
0 17 18 35 0 3 9 12
0% 49% 51% 100% 0% 25% 75% 100%

Seniority (in years) <5 5-10 10-15 15-20 20-25 >25 Total
Management Boards 6 2 1 0 0 0 9
Key Managers 26 15 27 23 20 4 115
Total 32 17 28 23 20 4 124
Method of presenting indicators:
  • Key Managers comprises MRT (Material Risk Taker): persons with material influence on the risk profile of the Bank excluding the Management Board.
  • Managers includes all other supervisors.
  • The percentage relates to the number of active employees of the Bank or the Group.
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Inclusion strategy for persons with disabilities

At the beginning of 2021, we established cooperation with external entities that support us in better adapting the organization and in increasing employment of people with disabilities. In cooperation with these entities, we conducted training and planned internal communication so as to promote open, inclusive behaviours.

We initiated a series of webinars on how to increase awareness of our managers regarding employment of people with disabilities. The webinars were conducted by a coach responsible for training managers solely in this area.

Another series of webinars, Different Abilities, Common Goal, was created for all employees, as well as a series of testimonials People with Experience. We also organised a webinar for all employees led by a motivational speaker, Tomasz Manikowski, who is a person with disability active in business. Privately, we work towards overcoming obstacles that limit people with disabilities.

An expert on employment of people with disabilities joined the Recruitment Team. Whereas the Communication and Marketing Department welcomed another expert on breaking stereotypes and disability inclusion in the Bank and public space.

The Disabled Community has been included in the Ten Commandments of Equal Treatment. The Diversity Week devoted one full day to the area of disability. We created a web page in Echonet which contains educational materials addressed at all employees. The symbol of people with disabilities was placed on a mural at the Kasprzaka Head Office in Warsaw, which represents our values.

We word our recruitment listings so it is clear for all candidates how important it is for the Bank to actively include people with disabilities. New-hires can now enjoy a newly created handbook Nice to see you.

We promote inclusivity outside the organisation, too. To this end, the campaign The World Needs You was launched. Our social media also openly inform about our attitude towards people with disabilities.

Number of employees with disabilities (legally certified) in 2021 in the Group and the Bank by gender as of 31.12.2021

Capital Group BNP Paribas Polska S.A. BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
Women Men Total Women Men Total
53 24 77 53 22 75
Branches 30 5 35
Head Offices 23 17 40
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Initiatives to strengthen the role of women

Women changing BNP Paribas

Diversity is the highest value of our organization, so it is very important for us to make all employees feel appreciated and have equal possibilities of personal growth. In 2021, a dedicated Women Up development program was created, which is described in detail in subchapter Training and Development.

We also continued the grassroots initiative by female colleagues Women Changing BNP Paribas, inaugurated in December 2020. This project focuses on female employees who reinforce the role of women in the organization and promote the ideals of diversity and inclusivity. They also support involvement of men towards gender equality. As part of this project, we conducted a survey on equal gender treatment and asked employees for their opinions on employee relations in this area.

In 2021, as in previous years, we promoted external initiatives which support and develop women’s potential in Poland. This is why we partnered with the 13th edition of Businesswoman of the Year Contest, organized by Fundacja Sukces Pisany Szminką (Foundation Success Written in Lipstick), whose aim is to publicise women’s achievements in business, science and culture. More information is available here.

Parenting support

We support parents, advocate for equal parenting models and participate in initiatives aiming at realizing this ideal.

In 2021, a grassroots initiative of Bank employees was created, called Daddy, you can bank on it, which promotes a partner family model. The main idea is to present the man not only as the breadwinner of the family. This is why the creators show that fatherhood is a challenge and an adventure to become a rightful engaged caregiver of the child.

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Parental leaves in the Bank in 2021

Women Men Total
Number of employees entitled to parental leave 5,885 2,924 8,809
Number of employees who took parental leave 850 158 1,008
Method of presenting indicators:
  • The data comprises maternity, paternity and parental leaves.

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