ChangeNOW 2021


Laurence Pessez

BNP Paribas

Group's Corporate Social Responsibility Director


Laurence Pessez has been leading the Corporate Social Responsibility of BNP Paribas since 2010. Under her leadership, the bank became in 2017 the n°1 bank in Europe for its sustainability performance, according to the extra‐financial analysis V.E (formerly Vigeo‐Eiris). In 2019, she contributed to obtaining the “World’s Best Bank for Corporate Responsibility” award by Euromoney and to positioning the bank as the n°1 bank in Europe and n°3 worldwide in Corporate Knights’ “Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the World” ranking. In 2021, she contributed to the decision of BNP Paribas to be among the first signatories of the Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) and to take at this occasion a “net zero” commitment by 2050. Prior to her current role, she occupied a variety of positions in Communications, Marketing, and HR in several other corporations. Laurence graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She is a Board member of both the French think tank Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and ‘Finance for Tomorrow’, the Sustainable Finance arm of the French financial hub .

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