Access Bank’s Progress on the SDGs
Over the past decade, Access Bank, as part of its overall business strategy, and in line with local and global strategies, has contributed to the achievement of global goals through strategic investments and initiatives aimed at driving the social, environmental and economic development of the world. Today, Access Bank has grown from a business simply operating on ethical standards, to one of Africa’s leading Bank’s driving sustainable development in Africa and in the world.
At Access Bank, we believe that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are important to achieve sustainable development, and we understand that we have a crucial role to play in helping the governments of the countries where we operate to achieve these global goals. Because of continuous dialogue with our stakeholders, we continually take steps to ensure that we supported all the global goals.
We also realize that we cannot succeed in achieving these global goals on our own. Therefore, we strategically partner with various organizations both local and international as specified by SDG 17 to help us in achieving these global goals.
All our strategic investments, efforts and collaborations over the last eleven years have enabled us support vibrant and successful communities in every market we work in, including helping to drive out corruption, promote and protect human rights and ensure a healthy and rewarding working environment for our employees. Through these strategic investments, we have been able to lead the way on financial inclusion and education. We have also helped to develop enterprises and stayed at the forefront of sustainability regulation and thought leadership.
Furthermore, we now have a competitively low environmental impact for a bank in our markets. We have achieved this feat by successfully improving the efficiency of our operations, minimising energy and resource consumption and mitigating any impacts on our environment.
These efforts in different permutations yielded immense global and local recognition for the Bank. In 2018 alone, we received over 20 awards on sustainability, becoming the first Nigerian bank to win the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards for ‘Outstanding Business Sustainability’ three times in a row. Access Bank also became an 8-time winner
of the World Finance award; we were awarded winner of all categories of the Central Bank of Nigeria Sustainability awards for the second consecutive time. These awards and recognitions reaffirm the effectiveness of the Bank’s sustainability strategy in driving the sustainable development of the industry, nation and the world at large.
As we now mark over a decade on our sustainability journey, we remain committed to setting standards for sustainable business practices, adopting innovative solutions to build a future that is desirable, as we become the World’s most respected African bank. We have aligned our corporate objectives with our sustainability strategy by reviewing our corporate philosophy (vision/mission/core values) in line with our sustainability agenda. Thus, we achieve our sustainability strategy along the triple bottom-line of people, profits and planets, through the implementation of strategic initiatives.