Career Centre in Qatar
One of the Bank s most prominent initiatives has been the BNP Paribas Career Centre MEA in Qatar, established in 2011, to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace.
In the first phase of the initiative, which ran from 2011 to 2013, the centre provided guidance and training for over 1,300 students aged 18 to 24, who aspire to international careers in finance. Services included interview training, seminars by motivational speakers, career aptitude tests, careers counselling and mentorship.
The centre operated in close partnership with government agencies and also established in its first year key relationships with non-government organisations, schools and univer- sities.
Frequent on-campus sessions helped guide students on issues such as interview skills, social media, networking, personal branding, and understanding the labour market. The centre was also an active participant in the annual Qatar Career Fair, where it ran training sessions on areas such as emotional intelligence, job search strategies and personal profiling.
The Bank is currently in the process of relocating this project, which will be supported by a government partnership.
Employees in the community
BNP Paribas encourages its employees in the Gulf to participate in projects through the Bank s I Volunteer programme, which combines charitable giving with personal commitment of skills and time.
An example of I Volunteer in action was a campaign held in the holy month of Ramadan in 2010, when BNP Paribas volunteers raised over $50,000 in just two weeks to fund the Office Training Incubator (OTI) project, through an auction, a bazaar, individual donations and the sale of Iftar boxes of food to break the daily fast.
BNP Paribas employees regularly organise activities at the OTI. For example, in 2013, the Bank s I Volunteer team held Edu Art at the centre, an event that encouraged the centre s students to take part in arts and crafts and sporting activities.
During mid-2013, the Bank began a successful regional initiative to collect clothing for orphans, vulnerable children and the elderly in Uganda. Large collection bins were placed at the entrance to every floor of all its offices, reminding employees to make regular donations.
The Bank s employees in Abu Dhabi were also active in Green Abu Dhabi an initiative by the emirate to support its strategy to combat climate change. In 2010, BNP Paribas hosted
As a bank with a global footprint, BNP Paribas employees are highly aware of events unfolding around the world, and the issues that matter to colleagues in other countries.
In particular, when large-scale natural disasters have struck, the Bank has acted quickly to mobilise fundraising support among its employees.
A prime example was the Indian Ocean tsunami, which wrought havoc in a dozen countries from Indonesia to the eastern tip of Africa on 26 December 2004, leaving over 100,000 dead and millions without water, food or shelter.
BNP Paribas launched an initiative to match employee donations on a one- for-one basis, in order to raise funds for the Tsunami Victims Aid Fund. In the Gulf region alone, US$20,000 was raised by the Bank and its employees.
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