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The bank’s employees in Switzerland are volunteering during working hours

3 February 2020

BNP Paribas takes a proactive approach to creating fair and sustainable growth. Allowing its employees to engage in charity work for a greener, more inclusive world, during worktime, is just one aspect of this approach. This is why the Group has made an ambitious commitment to reach one million hours of volunteering in 2020, all during worktime.

This experience allows us to meet people who go to work every day so that the worst-off members of society can eat a meal in a welcoming place. I think that this kind of experience should be mandatory, to remind people of the reality of poverty in Geneva in 2020.”

Antoine Decosterd, BNP Paribas' employee volunteering at Carrefour-Rue

In line with this commitment, BNP Paribas in Switzerland has set itself a local target of 5,000 volunteering hours in 2020, and is offering its staff a personal annual allocation of 16 hours for volunteering.

Alone or as part of a team, each employee can give up his or her time to help local charities with their work on the ground or with their need for skills.

To launch this solidarity movement, an initial Volunteering Week was organised at the Geneva and Zurich sites from 27 to 31 January 2020. Throughout the week, bank employees prepared meals for the homeless, distributed clothes to disadvantaged members of the community, gave blood, and offered coaching to skilled migrant women.

The volunteering week in figures

170

Hours of volunteering

100

Employees volunteering

9

missions