Success through diversity

Throughout our growing network in the Middle East and Africa and indeed around the world, our strength is routed in a culture of diversity. This applies to the markets in which we are active, to the broad range of clients we serve and the diverse individuals we employ to effectively meet their needs across borders and sectors.

We actively work to develop our organisation along these lines and make the recruitment, development and retention of talented and committed men and women from varied backgrounds and experience a top priority.

We also employ a Diversity Roadmap dedicated to ensuring an environment of equal opportunity regardless of origin, age and gender. We place a particular emphasis on the diversification of our senior management roles, ensuring that we have good representation of local talent in these roles.

By empowering all of our people, we are better placed to serve our clients and offer them unique perspectives and world-class strategies and solutions. We take enormous pride in our culture of diversity and value the role it plays in our success.

Civic responsibility: Combating exclusion, promoting education and culture

The Bank s commitment to community investment is founded upon the core principles of designing locally relevant, innovative, strategic and sustainable activities across the region, and upon forging valuable relationships within the community. The Bank has successfully implemented key community investment initiatives to promote education in partnership with local government and NGOs.

Education and culture

Education and culture in the Kingdom of Bahrain

In the Kingdom of Bahrain, BNP Paribas educational initiatives include establishing La Maison Jamsheer, in co-operation with the Alliance Fran├žaise de Bahrein, the Shaikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research and the Jamsheer family.

This Bahraini-French cultural centre, located in a beautiful house in Muharraq, provides resources in the fields of architecture, urbanism, heritage preservation and archaeology. It also houses a branch of Alliance Fran├žaise de Bahrein, which offers French language courses, a library and a hall for cultural exhibitions.

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