Access Bank Plc has emerged the winner of the 2011 edition of the Business in Community “Big Tick” Award for contribution to sustainability through innovation. The announcement was made at the BITC Awards for Excellence gala dinner held in the United Kingdom recently.
The award underscores the Bank’s efforts at promoting the doctrine of responsible corporate citizenship through initiatives and programmes that address economic, social and environmental challenges. The BITC award for excellence is one of the most credible and established independent corporate responsibility awards that recognize and celebrate organizations that have demonstrated innovation, creativity and sustained commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Speaking on the award, Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Access Bank Plc on achieving their ‘Big Tick’. It is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society and are prepared to lead by example. That’s what Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence are all about – celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen and the benefits to the business and society of doing so communities and consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as Access Bank Plc has demonstrated.”
The Bank’s Group Managing Director/CEO, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, also commented, saying; “We are delighted to receive the ‘Big Tick’ award. We have always taken a sustained approach to corporate responsibility and integrated it into our business strategy. For us, it has been of great benefit to our customers, our employees and our wider stakeholder publics. We know that we cannot build a successful sustainable business without constantly demonstrating our commitment to being a better business.”
Access Bank is an international member of the Business in the Community and has made significant level of intervention in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. The “Big Tick” award is in recognition of the Bank’s inspiring and innovative programmes that have positively impacted one or more of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Over the past 5 years, Access Bank Plc has acquired financial strength by adhering to socially responsible goals. The Bank has continuously displayed a strong commitment to global health issues by leveraging its people and financial resources to invest in successful health programmes in Nigeria and other African countries. The Bank has earned numerous recognitions for its commitment to the adoption and implementation of responsible business practice. Notable among these recognitions and awards is the African Banker Magazine’s “Most Socially Responsible Bank Award “conferred on the Bank at an award ceremony held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington DC, United States of America on October 8, 2010.
The Bank recently demonstrated its reputation as a good corporate citizen by donating the sum of USD1 million to the Global Fund “Gift from Africa Project” to support the fight against the triple pandemics of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. This gesture makes Access Bank the single largest African private sector donor to the Global Fund.
With operations in the United Kingdom and nine African countries, Access Bank is firmly committed to deploying an effective CSR strategy that aligns with global standards and adds significant value to stakeholders, particularly its host communities.