- January 30, 2020
- Posted by: CSR-in-Action
- Category: News
For displaying excellent financial performance, leveraging technology for business growth, creating a universal payment gateway and advancing efforts towards creating a sustainable future, Africa’s largest retail bank, Access Bank Plc, emerged winner of the Best Bank in Nigeria and Best Product Launch (Pan Africa) categories at the 2019 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Finance Awards.
The ceremony held at the Law Society in London, sought to showcase the innovative work of companies, banks, and advisors in the EMEA region’s capital markets. EMEA Finance is a leading global organisation which recognises financial institutions that exemplify the sound management of the market’s best banks, executive teams that have balanced expansion with an awareness of risks.
Speaking on the recognitions, Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, said, “These awards are testament to the Bank’s commitment to remain not only profitable but also continue to use a business model that is responsible and sustainable, as well as create shared value for all our stakeholders”.
Wigwe said” We will continue to offer more than banking to our customers, as we remain a reference model in the Nigerian and indeed global banking industry”.
To support the growth and prosperity of African communities, the Bank successfully raised a ₦15 billion Green bond from the local bond market. This issue positioned Access Bank as the first financial institution in Africa to issue a CBI-certified Green Bond, further reinforcing the Bank’s sustainability leadership position.
Representing the Bank at the Awards, the Head of Sustainability, Access Bank Plc., Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan assured that the Bank “will continue to place sustainability at the core of its business strategy and provide sustainable innovative solutions to help address social, environmental and economic challenges”.
She went further to add that “Access Bank is proud to be the pioneer bank to initiate novel technological, operational and sustainability driven innovations across Africa”.
Following the launch of its new brand in 2019, the Access Bank group has continued to deliver solid earnings, underscoring the value potentials of the newly expanded business model.