Ac­cess Bank marks sus­tain­abil­ity

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NIGE­RIAN GLOBAL FO­CUSED lender, Ac­cess Bank is rolling out a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark its 10 years of com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity prin­ci­ples.

NI G E R I A N GLOBAL FO CUSED lender, Ac­cess Bank is rolling out a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark its 10 years of com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity prin­ci­ples.

The bank, in a state­ment re­leased at the week­end, said in or­der to re­in­force this com­mit­ment, be­gin­ning from to­day, Novem­ber 5 up un­til Fri­day Novem­ber 9, it would be mark­ing its own Sus­tain­abil­ity Aware­ness Week.

Ac­cord­ing to the bank, the theme of the CSR Week is ‘The Jour­ney to a Sus­tain­able Fu­ture’ through which the bank said it aims to re­mind staff of the cru­cial role they have to play in cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture. “This week will also en­cour­age them to en­gage in ac­tiv­i­ties that will pos­i­tively im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment as well as touch lives, leav­ing in­deli­ble pos­i­tive mem­o­ries on peo­ple,” it said.

The Sus­tain­abil­ity Aware­ness Week 2018 is to be held in all the sub­sidiaries of Ac­cess Bank, the state­ment noted.

Events lined up to mark the week in­clude the Em­ployee

Vol­un­teer­ing Aware­ness Day that rec­og­nizes the con­tri­bu­tions of em­ploy­ees who have cham­pi­oned vari- ous in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives to bet­ter the lives of peo­ple in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, the bank ex­plained, adding that dur­ing the week, it would also re­ward sus­tain­able ac­tions of em­ploy­ees and groups across the bank.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, var­i­ous im­pact­ful train­ing ses­sions and work­shops will be held to ed­u­cate peo­ple on the im­por­tance of embed­ding re­spon­si­ble prac­tices in busi­ness op­er­a­tions and ev­ery­day life. They will highlight the ef­fect on the triple bot­tom line - Planet, Peo­ple and Profit,” the bank stated.

Other events dur­ing the week will in­clude the fi­nanc­ing by Ac­cess Bank, of the treat­ment of 100 women with fis­tula as well as host­ing a Big­gest Loser weight loss chal­lenge.

Her­bert Wigwe, group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and CEO of Ac­cess Bank, said of the “Sus­tain­abil­ity Aware­ness Week”: “Pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is the duty of ev­ery hu­man be­ing and busi­ness; there­fore, look­ing at the world through a sus­tain­abil­ity lens helps us ‘fu­ture proof’ our present ac­tions and their con­se­quences in the fu­ture.”

Wigwe said the bank is not only in busi­ness to max­imise share­hold­ers’ value, but that it con­sid­ers the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of ev­ery as­pect of its bank­ing op­er­a­tions and chan­nel its re­sources to achieve sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment in Africa. “As we carry out our busi­ness, we put the com­mu­nity at the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing we do. We will con­tinue to live true to the prom­ise in our mis­sion to set stan­dards for sus­tain­able prac­tices that de­liver value to the mar­kets and com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” he said.

Look­ing at the world through a sus­tain­abil­ity lens helps us ‘fu­ture proof’ our present ac­tions and their con­se­quences in the fu­ture

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