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• impact on the natural environment / four levers

COmpLIANCE

Dans le domaine environnemental comme dans

In the environmental field as in other areas,

the Group requires compliance with the most

demanding standards, be they legal, regulatory

or internal to the Group.

Guidelines on the technical regulations applicable

to managing buildings in France are issued to

facilities managers. Outside France, real estate

guidelines are drafted based on the most stringent

regulations, in all countries where BNP Paribas

operates. Construction and renovation projects are

validated based on these guidelines and the buildings

of newly acquired companies are audited.

Arius, the BNP Paribas subsidiary specialised in

IT equipment leasing solutions, has developed

a strict policy for managing the end of its products’

life cycles. When equipment recovered

at the end of a contract is examined, there are

three possibilities. If it is in workable condition it

is resold. Otherwise it is either disposed of by an

approved vendor or taken apart to be used by

maintenance companies.

In accordance with the European directive on

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

(WEEE), Group entities in France are beginning

to collect and recycle electronic equipment

through producers, distributors, brokers and

recycling agencies. They are also setting up formal

reporting procedures to account for these

processes.

RAISING AwARENESS AmONG

EmpLOyEES

The Group uses internal communication channels

such as the intranet, the Ambitions in-house

newsletter and conferences to raise employees’

awareness of environmental issues.

Nearly 100,000 copies of a booklet outlining

everyday gestures that employees can perform

to be more environmentally friendly in the workplace

were handed out to BNP Paribas employees.

The booklet, designed by a working group

composed of managers from several entities,

was printed on recycled paper (in French, English

and very soon Italian), at a sheltered workshop

for disabled persons. A monthly sustainable

development newsletter is e-mailed to all Group

experts in the field of corporate social and environmental

responsibility, and is made available

to all employees in France on the Intranet.

EffECTIVENESS Of INTERNAL

CONTROL

Since 2004, the General Inspection unit has had

access to a social and environmental methodology,

which allows it to assess the extent to

which audited entities apply Group environmental

standards and procedures. Reporting directly

to the Chief Executive Officer, the General

Inspection unit enjoys com-plete independence

in the way it applies this audit methodology

across the entire Group without limita-tion.

These audits round out the controls already carried

out by the managers of the various entities.

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