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Prevention of occupational risks

A number of partnerships have been set up, par- Identifying occupational risk is the first step in

ticularly in poor suburbs, to help young people preventing it. The various risks identified include

enter the corporate world. They are described attacks in branches, musculoskeletal problems,

in the section entitled “A partner in society”. and problems with air-conditioning and heat-

See also box on “6 billion Others”, a partnership ing systems. A cross-disciplinary team set up

with Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

in 2006 pools the skills and knowledge of its

members to prevent these risks and deal with

pROTECTING EmpLOyEE hEALTh

illnesses and their various causes.

The Group’s occupational health policy goes

beyond simply complying with changes in legislation.

The major components of the policy

involve risk prevention and support for vulnerable

employees or those who have become

unfit to work.

Medical assistance to employees that have

been victims of attacks, in particular in the Paris

region, is provided in conjunction with the Paris

medical emergency services. This initiative has

been progressively improved over recent years,

and its effects can be seen in the decrease

in both the number and length of post-attack

stoppages, as well as in requests for transfer

to another position subsequent to an attack.

“6 billion Others”

In 2006, BNP Paribas decided to sponsor a project of renowned photographer Yann Arthus-

Bertrand. It will involve conducting thousands of interviews of people throughout the world,

to try to discover otherness and produce a portrait of humanity in the beginning of the 21st century,

one that highlights the individuality and universality of each person. This project will lead

to exhibitions at BNP Paribas offices in London then Rome in 2007. In 2008, “6 billion Others”

will be a major exhibition in France with screenings of the interviews. Following a request from

BNP Paribas, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his team are working to centre this project around the

issue of underprivileged suburbs in France. BNP Paribas support for this project was born of a

conviction that the diversity of the human race is a source of richness.

In 2006, 156 employees received medical

assistance after an attack. Seven of them were

referred to mental health specialists for further

help.

Special measures have been put in place for

the prevention of other workplace risks. These

include information campaigns, training, the use

of ergonomic design and remedial ergonomics,

and early-warning procedures. The high degree

of vigilance exercised by the occupational

medicine department, team managers, facilities

management departments, the ergonomics

function and works committees has contributed

to the very low rate of musculoskeletal problems

reported in BNP Paribas SA.

84 BNP PARIBAS AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS

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