Access Bank Sustainability Awareness Week 2018
Access bank is one of Africa’s most reputable bank operating through a network of about 305 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom.
In 2008, Access bank adopted Sustainability as part of its corporate practice, embedding concerns for the environment, people and the planet to its bottom-line. Access Bank is the first bank in Nigeria to adopt the sustainability practice into its business operation, the bank also laid the foundation for the Nigeria Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP) introduced into the banking sector in 2012 by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
As part of the bank’s effort to reinforce commitment to its sustainability initiative among employee and stakeholder and also celebrate its achievement, the sustainability awareness week was introduced in 2012 and has held annually ever since. A sustainability awareness week is a week-long event filled with different activities geared towards deepening commitment of its staff and other stakeholders to sustainability principles and practices.
The 2018 edition of the Sustainability Awareness week was not just about the usual business of increasing commitment for its sustainability initiative but also celebrating its achievement over the last decade, so we were charged with the responsibility of telling the story of a corporate institution that has not only lead the charge on sustainability in the banking sector but across the private sector in Africa.
Over the last decade, Access Bank has shown practically that embedding concerns of sustainability in the bottom line do not reduce profitability rather it helps businesses position themselves for sustainable growth. This is one of the most important takeouts and stories like this need to be told to encourage other businesses to come on board and contribute to saving our planet. To effectively tell these stories we leveraged on a wide range of media platforms to reach stakeholders, policymakers, business executives and industry experts with the success Access Bank has recorded over the past decade.