Sun, 03 Jun 2018

As a major employer in the West Midlands, BNP Paribas Personal Finance is proud to signal its commitment to LGBT equality and a positive and inclusive workplace.

The consumer finance company has a clear vision of being a force for positive change and was delighted to receive Stonewall Top 100 status in 2017 to recognise their commitment to providing everyone with an equal opportunity to succeed.

With 800 people across two UK sites, the company is committed to promoting and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and stimulating work environment where value is given to differences in thoughts, backgrounds and perspectives.

Stephen Hunt, CEO BNP Paribas in the UK, said “We all spend a lot of time at work and it is an important part of our lives.  So creating an environment where everybody feels they belong and can be themselves is not only the right thing to do; it makes clear business sense. I believe that having people who feel confident and relaxed within our environment brings the best out of them and enables us as a business to continue to deliver great things. Our inclusive culture is extremely precious to us and I think makes us a great place to work.”

The Pride network is part of our Diversity and Inclusion programme which was created to enable people to develop and succeed and to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect. The company recognises and supports the diversity of all colleagues and wants to raise awareness on issues that can be faced by LGBTQ people in the workplace and beyond.

Our programme enables people to come together to discuss and share information and give practical advice. The power of the networks is down to the people and what they can achieve through collaborating with each other and networks linking up across BNP Paribas Group companies in the UK.

Lynda Brennan, Director of HR, BNP Paribas Personal Finance said: "We employ talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds and I believe our success is attributed to the diversity of our people and the varied ideas and experience they bring.  It is important to ensure our workplace is free of discrimination and bias. Differences are to be embraced and I encourage businesses to leverage their rich diversity to be a driver for positive change."