The heart of our culture is a belief in building and 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. As a business the sustainability of our model underpins our active support for growth and opportunity in Nigeria, Sub-Saharan and West Africa.
Access Bank Polo Day 2019
With its continued longstanding support of UNICEF, Access Bank Group, along with 5th Chukker, The Access Bank UK and Access Private Bank hosted the Access Bank Polo Day 2019 at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor on Saturday 13th July 2019.
The Polo is an annual event, which brings everyone together to help raise funds to go towards education projects in northern Nigeria in particular via a UNICEF project. The event was attended by over 1,000 esteemed guests, and during the day $1,107,879 was pledged for 40 new classrooms to be built and fully equipped 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 2019
The Head of Commercial Banking at The Access Bank UK, Johnson Ememandu, joined other participants at the City Giving Day 2019 Countdown Breakfast, on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 held at The Mansion House. Everyone came together to hear from the Lord Mayor’s appeal team to cover their plans for City Giving Day.
The Access Bank UK Limited was proud to support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal through the City Giving Day initiative which forms part of The Access Bank UK’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities which is an area of key importance for the Bank.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal aims to support three charity partners; Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans. With The Lord Mayor’s Appeal it will enable Place2Be to deliver a transformational mental health programme in 180 schools in London. It will enable OnSide Youth Zones to build 5 new state of the art Youth Zones in areas of high deprivation in London and will carry on enabling Samaritans to develop a revolutionary online wellbeing programme for employees in London and beyond.
City Giving Day provides small businesses, large corporations and charities with a chance to engage with their employees, recruit volunteers, to have fun, raise money and showcase their charity partners/ charitable giving. In a few weeks, the work and success of hundreds of charities and communities that the City supports will be celebrated on City Giving Day 2019.
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.
Community investment and service to the society
The wider Access Bank Group is committed to supporting the growth and prosperity of local communities, therefore deliberate efforts are made to support various projects, organisations and events focused on making a positive difference in the communities. Our priority areas are health, education, sports, arts, environment and social welfare. Since 2015 ₦5.59 billion has been invested in various corporate social responsibility initiatives, thereby impacting 1,038 communities, reaching 28,540,046 lives and 630 Non-Governmental Organisations.
Women empowerment and gender inclusiveness
The Access Bank Group recognises the importance of women’s empowerment and sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. With over a decade of supporting women and four years of Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering, we constantly deploy initiatives that have helped us maintain our position as the Bank of Choice for Women.
The Bank continues to showcase their commitment to the social and economic empowerment of women in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. The Group is committed to maintaining sustainable best practices, and initiatives are deployed that help them achieve this.
Policies are created and resources made available that foster gender diversity and inclusion, as well as ensuring an enabling environment that encourages women’s participation.
Employee volunteering activities
The Access Bank Group highlights the importance of employee volunteering as an innovative way for the Group to invest in their people and local communities. Employees are guided and advised on how to impact communities in these focus areas, donating their time, skills and resources during work hours to tackle local social issues. The past year showed the passion and commitment of our employees to community investment and this was reflected in the calibre of projects various groups embarked on.
In total, employees have volunteered 2,618,280 hours, in over 300 strategic community initiatives across the six geo-political zones since 2015. We have achieved 100% employee participation in the Access Bank’s Employee Volunteering initiative, empowering employees to contribute to the sustainable development of communities.
Access Bank’s strategy has Sustainability Environmental Management embedded in it. At Access Bank, we recognise that a better and prosperous future is linked to the well-being and health of our planet. Thus, the protection of the environment is important to us. This drives us to continue to invest in innovative technologies and techniques that promote the efficient use of resources and address sustainability issues when managing risk. We are committed to a clean environment and the fight against climate change. This commitment is reflected in various aspects of our business process, such as analysis of the social and environmental risks of our financing activities and measurement of our environmental footprint.
In 2018, Access Bank in collaboration with 27 global banks from across five continents formed a Core Group that developed the Principles for Responsible Banking. The draft Principles for Responsible Banking was launched at the GRT on 26 November, 2018 in Paris, France by the CEOs and representatives of the Core Group banks. The banking industry, ably represented by leading UNEP FI member banks, developed the Principles to define the banking industry’s roles and responsibilities in aligning financing with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The Bank is continuously trying to find ways to be more environmentally friendly; from the efficiency of our buildings to our progress in managing energy, water and waste, we have embedded sustainability throughout our businesses.