BNP Paribas and RCS

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 190,000 employees. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets, International Financial Services (IFS) and Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB). The Group helps all its clients to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance.

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.

Throughout Africa the bank has an extensive and established network incorporating Retail Banking, CIB and wider IFS offerings. The Retail network, which has been established for over 70 years spans 10 countries providing clients an unparalleled universal banking service,

Our longstanding presence in South Africa, initially in the form of a representative office and later full commercial branch in 2012, has enabled us to continue to enhance our capabilities to meet the needs of South African Corporates.  We have achieved this through a solid on the ground presence, supported by teams of talented and diverse individuals who have developed the role of a trusted advisor and financial partner to our clients. We offer our Corporate Clients local banking services that include Cash Management, Trade, Forex, Working Capital financing and with the help of our global network our clients have access to our Investment Banking services like Advisory, Specialised and Structured Finance, International Debt and Equity Capital Markets and Risk Management.  

In 2014, BNP Paribas extended its footprint in the South African market by acquiring the RCS Group; a provider of credit and insurance solutions. BNP Personal Finance South Africa, trading as RCS, prides itself in offering convenience and peace of mind that affords their clients the luxury of enjoying all the adventures that life offers as well as pursuing their individual goals. This translates into a strong ethos of working towards making things possible for their customers.

RCS is a registered credit and authorised financial services provider, providing specialist consumer finance offerings to both consumers and retailers in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Supporting Arts and Culture

Both BNP Paribas and RCS, a BNP Paribas Group company, pride ourselves in having built a reputation for solid business relationships rooted, in our understanding of our partners and appreciation of the communities in which we operate.  We are immensely proud of our longstanding commitment to South Africa and of the progress we have made over the years. 

We have a strong commitment to social responsibility and philanthropy; this is one of the key pillars of our operating ethos.  It is through this ethos that we believe in the development and support of arts and culture, specifically helping to ensure that every individual has access regardless of their background.

We do this by sharing experiences, which provide access and unique opportunities for all members of the community to participate in different forms of arts and culture and to celebrate diversity.  We consider the inclusion and access to arts and culture as a social necessity and we greatly believe in the benefits of its collective and individual development.  This is why, in 2017, we are proud to be sponsors of Moliere’s Tartuffe; a production which offers unique opportunities for the exceptionally diverse communities within South Africa to experience French heritage and culture. 

We strongly believe in the joy and value that such activities bring to our local communities are proud to work with a number of community projects including; Edu-cape and the Gauteng Opera, under the BNP Paribas Foundation ‘Dream Up Project’

We see many opportunities to develop future initiatives that are focused on the promotion and inclusion of music, arts and culture, throughout South Africa and are putting this in to practice by working together on a number of projects as part of our ongoing commitment to our local communities.