At the heart of our culture is a strong belief that, by forming close relationships with our customers, and developing products and services that are flexible and still relevant as their own needs change, we can build for the long-term.
As a bank, the sustainability of our business model underpins active support for growth and opportunity in Africa, the MENA region and our UK and international communities. The commitment to being a good corporate citizen which acts responsibly is embodied in the values that inform our corporate activities and which we share with parent.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal – City Giving Day 2022
We are proud to have supported the Lord Mayor’s Appeal through the City Giving Day 2022 initiative, one of the Bank’s most important corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The Appeal is aligned with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide a framework for both business and the City of London to work in partnership for the development of a sustainable businesses agenda, thereby creating a Better and more sustainable City for All.
The underlying objective of A Better City for All is that it is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair. In addition to funds raised for its partner charities, the Appeal’s leadership initiatives – Power of Inclusion, This is Me, We Can Be and City Giving Day – continued to offer excellent learning, development and engagement opportunities for employees throughout the Square Mile.
The Appeal also continued its partnership with four charities, each a leading expert in addressing social issues and pioneering programmes for change. The Appeal has helped Place2Be train Mental Health Champions for over 180 schools in London and is currently funding Place2Think sessions, giving staff a place to reflect with a Place2Be practitioner.
OnSide Youth Zones opened three new Youth Zones – Future in Barking & Dagenham, Unitas in Barnet and Legacy in Croydon – to support the young people of London.
In partnership with Samaritans, the Appeal has reached more than 25,000 people with Wellbeing in the Workplace, an online training tool in which businesses upskill their employees in discussing mental health issues.
Finally, the Appeal is also supporting The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which is aiming to reach 10,000 more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Access Bank Polo Day 2022
Access Bank Plc, Access Private Bank, the Bank and Fifth Chukker maintained their support of UNICEF by hosting the ‘Access Bank Polo Day’ at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor in July.
More than 850 guests watched two exciting polo matches between Fifth Chukker, Malcomines and Delaney, raising $1.7million that will be used to build and equip 100+ classroom blocks in the less developed areas of Nigeria.
The hugely successful event follows the Access Bank Plc/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament, which has so far raised more than ₦200 million for UNICEF in support of projects to alleviate the plight
of underprivileged children in Kaduna State and its environs.
Climate Leadership Fellowship, Nigeria
Glow Initiative, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which helps communities to become economically viable, partnered with Access Bank Plc to develop the Climate Leadership Fellowship, whose goal is to provide young people with expert training on climate action and increase awareness of climate change.
Some 30 students completed the Adopt A School and Teach Climate Change Programme and 30 secondary schools worked as partners with the team.
Employee Volunteering Programme – “Instil the Reading Habit in Children”, Ghana
The “Instil the Reading Habit in Children” project provided reading materials for 12 deprived schools in six regions across the country and allowed for the refurbishment of Library/ICT rooms to give the schools a facelift and ensure a pleasant learning environment for the children.
The objective was to instil the reading habit in children and support Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), which calls for action to provide quality education for all children. More than 2,000 children have benefited from the initiative to date.
Malaria Programme Intervention, Nigeria
The Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA) is a GBC Health-led initiative aimed at driving partnerships to control and eliminate malaria.
Access Bank Plc is both a CAMA member and its co-Chair, leading and supporting innovative malaria prevention, control, and treatment activities, as well as activating programmes that serve the needs of malaria-affected people and communities in Africa.
Access Bank Plc partnered with CAMA to deliver malaria intervention programmes in Ebonyi, Kano and Lagos states. Key activities involved the distribution of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials to increase awareness of malaria and COVID-19 prevention.
Girl Child Empowerment, Nigeria
Access Bank Plc and HACEY Health Initiative collaborated on implementing the Girl Child Empowerment programme which aims to promote the rights of girls to education, health and economic empowerment in Nigeria.
The programme included a girl-child essay competition; a safe space (leadership and health) workshop; mentoring sessions for young girls with women in high level management positions in different careers; and media engagements in Lagos, Oyo, Kaduna, and Ebonyi states and Abuja.
More than 1,000 young girls in each state were empowered with information, technical skills, and resources to ensure their voices would be heard and to advance their rights. Some 5,000 girls were trained as leaders and health champions.
Child Labour Programme, Nigeria
In Nigeria, many children’s health, education and, ultimately, their childhoods are lost to child labour, prompting Access Bank Plc, in partnership with Xploit Consulting, to develop and implement a child labour prevention programme for children in Abuja.
This involved capacity building for private and public-school teachers on psychosocial care and the support of vulnerable children. Community sensitisation meetings were held in three Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area councils, while 30 out-of-school children were enrolled into public primary schools in the area councils and given school materials.
The programme has served to increase awareness of the damaging health and psychological effects of child labour.