In 2020, Covid-19 has created enormous and unforeseen challenges for society as a whole. Given this unique situation, the judges this year placed particular emphasis on banks that have led the way in meeting client needs and maintaining resilience in the face of the pandemic.
CEO Max Jadot stated: “This award is recognition of our teams’ extremely hard work to serve our customers and support the Belgian economy during the pandemic. Covid has forced us all to switch abruptly to remote services. I’m delighted that our investments in digitising our business in recent years have enabled us to continue serving our customers with sound products and advice. Looking towards 2021 and beyond, we cannot underestimate the pivotal role we bankers will have to play, especially in these difficult times. We have a key part to play in enabling the economy to overcome the current crisis. I thank our customers for the trust they place in us, and our Positive Bankers for their dedication.
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BNP Paribas Fortis (www.bnpparibasfortis.com) offers the Belgian market a comprehensive range of financial services for private individuals, the self-employed, professionals, companies and public organisations. In the insurance sector, BNP Paribas Fortis works closely, as a tied agent, with Belgian market leader AG Insurance. At international level, the Bank also provides high-net-worth individuals, large corporations and public and financial institutions with customised solutions, for which it is able to draw on the know-how and international network of the BNP Paribas Group.
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 71 countries, with approximately 199,000 employees, of which more than 151,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.