At the heart of our culture is a belief in maintaining close, long-term relationships with our customers and developing products and services to meet their changing needs. Similarly, for our employees, we provide the leadership and resources that enable continuous professional development and are proud to have been accredited Investors In People (IIP) Platinum Standard. As a business, the sustainability of our model underpins our active support for growth and opportunity in Nigeria, Sub-Saharan and West Africa. Our commitment to behaving responsibly is embodied in the values that inform our corporate activities and which we share with the Access Bank Group as a whole.
Access Bank Polo Day 2019
With its continued longstanding support of UNICEF, Access Bank Group, along with Fifth Chukker, The Access Bank UK and Access Private Bank, hosted the Access Bank Polo Day 2019 at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor on Saturday 13 July 2019.
The Polo Day is an annual event, which brings everyone together to help raise funds to support education projects in northern Nigeria in particular in conjunction with UNICEF. This year the event was attended by over 1,000 esteemed guests, and during the day over $2m was pledged towards the building and fully equipping of 120 new classrooms over the next 3 years as part of children’s education in Northern Nigeria.
The Access Bank Cup is the culmination of the Fifth Chukker Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament.The day was filled with two exciting polo matches between Fifth Chukker, Kangimi Resorts, Shoreline and Malcomines.
The event was a huge success and its sponsorship provides a platform for supporting orphaned and vulnerable children in Nigeria.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal – City Giving Day 2020
The Access Bank UK Limited is proud to have supported the Lord Mayor’s Appeal through the City Giving Day 2020 initiative which forms part of The Access Bank UK’s corporate social responsibility activities, an area of key importance for the Bank.
Every year The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and its supporters celebrate the value of the City to society and show how businesses can make a difference. It champions activities – whether corporate social responsibility, philanthropy or volunteering initiatives – that companies undertake as part of their commitment to supporting charity, society, the community and the environment in which they work.
In accordance with tradition, proceedings began when Lord Mayor William Russell opened the London Stock Exchange – but virtually this year.
He said: “City Giving Day shows the philanthropic side of the City. We know that so much good work goes on in the Square Mile, and it’s been a delight to take part in the fundraising by City businesses today. Being able to see so much great work in action – online and offline – makes me so immensely proud of the city that I live and work in.”
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal aims to have a transformational impact on people’s lives by bringing together businesses, neighbouring communities, employees and charities to find solutions to some of London’s most pressing societal issues.
This year’s Appeal raised money for charities such as Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and the Samaritans. The collaboration with Place2Be delivers a transformational programme equipping school leaders with the skills to support their pupils’ emotional and mental health. The partnership with OnSide Youth Zones is helping to build state of art Youth Zones in areas of high deprivation and the association with Samaritans is aiming to develop a revolutionary online wellbeing programme for employees in London and beyond.
Retail Banking – Project L.E.A.D
In 2019, the Retail Banking Division of Access Bank Plc embarked on Project L.E.A.D (Leadership, Enterprise and Academic Development) in partnership with Project REVAMP Africa. The project’s aims were to promote leadership and moral skills in children and equip them with the necessary skills to thrive and achieve academic excellence. Project L.E.A.D had a dual focus, with the Group contributing towards the total wellbeing of the children, by instilling in them the requisite knowledge and upgrading the facilities within the schools.
In addition, Project L.E.A.D adopted public secondary schools across five geo-political zones (South-West, South-East, South-South, North -East, North-Central) in the country and provided the students with knowledge on values, morality, time management, goal setting and financial literacy. The project has had an impact on over 9,450 students and the school libraries were upgraded with new books.
Information Technology – The Science Set Initiative
In 2019, the Information Technology Group of Access Bank Plc embarked on “The Science Set Initiative”. This aimed to provide a solution to the challenges of poor science laboratories in seven selected government secondary schools across Lagos. The initiative exposed the students to practical science, using the science set that was later donated to the schools. In addition, the project has improved access to quality educational facilities with over 200 public school students benefitting from it.
Corporate Operations – Adopt a School Initiative
In 2019, the Corporate Operations Group of Access Bank Plc adopted Ogudu Nursery and Primary School, Ogudu, Lagos. The project focused on the provision of a conducive learning environment for the students, of both the nursery and school. The school classrooms, roof structure and windows were renovated. In addition, the Group equipped the classrooms with furniture and fittings, ceiling fans, boards and floor tiles. The renovation of the school classrooms has contributed to the infrastructural development of the school which hosts over 210 pupils.