All unique and all together: employees take action to work with due regard to differences, in all forms
As part of the disability policy implemented by BNP Paribas Personal Finance, the 6,000 French employees from the head office, as well as the customer relations centres in the major French cities, now count the number of steps that they take. The aim is to support the European Leukodystrophies Association (ELA) (1).
The principle is to give one euro cent to ELA for each step taken, and to create forums of exchange among employees, persons with disabilities and their families.
The policy to promote the employment of people with disabilities
In line with the policy that the BNP Paribas Group is implementing to promote the employment of people with disabilities, BNP Paribas Personal Finance has signed a second company-level agreement 2014-2017, that it has undertaken to renew. This agreement is structured around four main pillars: recruitment and insertion, keeping disabled employees in the workforce, collaboration with the protected sector, raising of awareness of all employees.
The employment rate of persons with disabilities rose from 2.05% in 2014 to 3.25% in 2016.
"For several years now, the company made a firm commitment to promote diversity and to fight against all forms of discrimination against its employees as well as customers and suppliers. We’re all unique and I’m convinced that meeting the company’s objectives also involves the respect for differences, whatever they may be, and the acceptance of each person"
Frédéric Thoral, HR Director of BNP Paribas Personal Finance.
Raise the awareness of all employees
This action carried out with ELA illustrates the fourth focus of the agreement: raise the awareness of all employees. It follows on from previous events and is a vehicle for communication and raising of awareness about all forms of disability, whether visible or less visible. Employees are invited to take part in a round table conference on the theme "Visible or invisible disabilities: what is the reality for the company". The two levers that are essential for establishing an effective Disability policy within the company are freeing the voices of employees and breaking down stereotypes.
BNP Paribas Personal Finance’s disability policy
Key figures: 2014-2016 trend
Employment rate of persons with disabilities: from 2.05% to 3.25%
Number of employees with disabilities: from 148 to 175
Over 90 actions to keep employees with disabilities in employment
1 awareness raising action per year
1 dedicated Intranet site that presents the Disability programme to all employees
(1) ELA: the European Leukodystrophies Association is made up of parents and patients and was created in 1992. It has been a government-recognised public interest organisation since 1996. Leukodystrophies are orphan diseases that destroy the central nervous system of children and adults. They affect myelin, the white matter that acts as a protective sheath for nerves, in a manner similar to an electric sheath.