Corporate & Institutional Banking - BNP Paribas United Kingdom
BNP Paribas UK Engagement

Corporate & Institutional Banking

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Statement from Patrick Hayes Head of UK, Middle East and South Africa, BNP Paribas Securities Services and Sponsor for Women in Finance Charter:

Having a diverse and inclusive workplace improves productivity, innovation, engagement and creates an even better place for our staff to work. Being a senior executive and business leader in the bank, I’m proud to champion gender equality and help all of our team members thrive here

Looking ahead

At BNP Paribas we are proud to advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We recognise that more needs to be done to achieve full equality and in 2018 we refreshed our UK Diversity and Inclusion strategy and introduced a roadmap for improving our gender balance. We aim to have 30% women in senior positions by the end of 2023 , and believe that with sustained focus and leadership drive, we will achieve this.  Key to our success is tracking our progress, with a suite of measures underpinning each aspect of our plan, including in the following areas:


  • We are launching a returnship programme to help mid- to senior-level women re-enter the workforce after a career break
  • We are partnering with our recruitment providers to diversify our recruitment pipelines and support us in having gender-balanced shortlists
  • We are looking at new ways to encourage men and women into non-traditional roles as part of our HeforShe commitments


  • Our existing development programmes allow us to provide a strong foundation for additional support for women at key points in their careers to help accelerate their progress
  • We will establish a sponsorship programme to ensure that both men and women are able to benefit equally from senior leader support
  • We are reviewing our people processes to identify and manage potential biases that might affect how we view the performance and potential of women and the opportunities offered


  • We are relaunching our New and Expectant Parents programme to ensure that both our employees and their managers have the right support
  • Inclusion is being built into our Manager and Leadership Development programmes to reinforce the value of having an environment that fosters success for everyone
  • We are refreshing our proposition on flexibility and agile working, focusing on making it accessible and available to all where possible