A changing world offers many opportunities. It also comes with challenges that develop our abilities and test our ambitions, perspectives and determination.
The global economic and financial system is interconnected like never before; new technologies are changing the way we interact, and the decisions that we make. The digital revolution affects everybody. There are many complex issues which influence the way we work with our clients and with each other through to the evolution of our beliefs and values – and they influence the objectives of those who entrust us with the allocation and management of their investments. More than ever, our clients expect us to suggest solutions that cater to their specific needs; solutions that are more responsive to change, that provide perspective to a complex mosaic of information, and that are both responsible and transparent. And they are right.
“As the world changes around us faster than ever, we will maintain an unwavering focus on achieving long-term sustainable returns for our clients. This single-minded philosophy has shaped our firm and directs all we do: our strategy, our culture, our structure, our products, our processes; the way we engage with our clients and our role in influencing the companies and the markets we invest in. This is why we say, ‘investing means the world to us’.“
Frédéric Janbon, CEO BNP Paribas Asset Management Holding
To achieve this we manage assets across the globe on behalf of our clients. We stay close to our clients to better understand their needs and in order to always act in their best interests. We manage our clients’ assets by keeping an open mind and by staying true to our convictions and close to our clients’ investments.
Investing is about preparing for a better future
By working together with our clients we can help shape a better world, not just better financial outcomes. That’s why we choose to invest responsibly, with the world in mind.
Only a company where people work together can embrace this changing world. We’re the sum of our people – a company of interesting individuals with interesting backgrounds. We appreciate the contrarian, independent thinkers who – with trust, integrity and hard work – strive to develop and implement innovative, relevant and sustainable investment solutions.
We’re a company with a clear focus on delivering results, where expectations are high and success is fairly rewarded and aligned with our clients’ objectives. We’re also a company that values initiative and where everyone is held accountable to each other. And finally, we’re a company in which everyone understands their ability to make a real difference to the lives of the thousands of people that rely on our investment decisions, every day. This is why investing means the world to us.
Our story is closely intertwined with that of our parent company, BNP Paribas, Europe’s leading financial services Group operating today.
The BNP Paribas Group is deeply rooted in Europe’s economic history. In France, the predecessors of the BNP, the Comptoirs nationaux d’escompte (discount banks) of Paris and Mulhouse, were created in 1848 to foster the economy hit by crisis.
As soon as 1860, Comptoir national d’escompte de Paris set up a pioneering network of branches for financing international trade. Paribas, created by several European bankers in 1872, soon became the great French investment bank. Established in 1913, BNL joined the Group in 2006. It has been a key player of the Italian economy, with a unique speciality for financing the cinema industry since 1935. Société Générale de Belgique, born in 1822 and joined the Group under the name of Fortis in 2009, is the leading Belgian bank which invented the “mixed” bank (deposit/investment) in the 1830s in Europe.
Since 2000, as well as growing organically, we’ve acquired a number of companies to enable us to reach new markets and offer our clients a broader range of solutions. The result is that today we’re one of the world’s leading asset managers. But throughout our history we’ve never lost focus on what really matters to us: our passion for investing and for helping our clients meet their goals.
Key information as of 31 March 2020
BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions.
- Managing EUR 408 billion in assets(1)
- A comprehensive range of active, passive and quantitative investment solutions covering a broad spectrum of asset classes and regions
- More than 500 investment professionals and around 500 client servicing specialists for individual, corporate and institutional investors
- More than 3000 employees(2) in 36 countries(2)
- A major player in sustainable and responsible investing since 2002
- We manage, as of 31 December 2019, EUR 278 billion in assets that integrate ESG analysis
- Backed by BNP Paribas Group, one of the best rated banks in the world (A+)(3)
Sources: BNP Paribas Asset Management
(1) Managing and advising EUR 553 billion
(2) Joint Ventures included
(3) Standard & Poor’s, 23 April 2020