For more than two years, Access Bank has proven to be way more than just a financial institution, with practical and industry-defining roles in socio-economic policies and operations that have rewritten the ground rules for corporate brand participation in both social and environmental issues. While global markets continue to titter and organisations try to maximize profit to fulfill their promises to investors, Access Bank has totally committed to leading the conversation on sustainability, especially by being at the forefront of the National Sustainable Banking Principles, which was introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2012.
The CBN Sustainability Awards – a part of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principle (NSBP) - is an award that appreciates the efforts of financial service providers who have been able to successfully integrate social and environmental considerations into their operations (spanning across their processes and strategies). At this year’s award ceremony, Access Bank again garnered the major awards copping a lot of awards, all which were a recognition of the bank’ consistent sustainability practices that have continued to drive both brand and national growth and opportunities, while also promoting innovation and competition.
As one of Africa’s most trusted financial institution, the bank has continued to excel beyond measure through its different practices across Enterprise, Women Empowerment and Sustainability. Even with improvement and expansion to practices and programs across its operations, current practices have been recognized and celebrated for ground-breaking results. Surely, Access Bank is definitely on its way to breaking boundaries in more countries, especially such countries support the adoption of such sustainability practices, creating a healthy and thriving platform for a public-private partnership that can lead to a sustainable environment and successful businesses.
Having recently won in five major categories at the 2018 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs), Access Bank went ahead to bag five more awards. The just-concluded CBN Sustainability Awards held on 8 December, 2018 honoured Access Bank with 5 whooping awards in various categories, recognising the bank's contribution to - not only different industrial sectors - but also in the development of efficient programs for all citizens, especially women.
The award categories won by the bank at the CBN Sustainability Awards include Sustainable Bank of the Year - Access bank won the first position, just as it did in 2017; Sustainable Transaction of the year (Oil and Gas): Access bank wins in the first position just like in 2017; Sustainable Transaction of the year (Power Sector) - not only was Access Bank a first-time winner, it also emerged the first bank to win in this category; Excellence in Women Economic Empowerment: Access bank wins in the first position just like in 2017 and Sustainable Transaction of the year (Agriculture Sector), although as a runner-up.
Access bank continues to be exceptional in its operations, and one way to support and encourage the bank and its unique work is through the award recognitions. Access Bank has continuously developed effective solutions, and such contributions can definitely lead to the national growth and transformation that all Nigerians desire.