The First City Monument Bank Limited has emerged as the Best Environmental Supporting Financial Institution in Africa at the African Clean-up Award for Excellence 2017 held in Ghana.
The award, held recently, was organised by the African Clean-up Initiative and endorsed by Let’s Do It World Clean-up Foundation in Estonia.
The African Clean-Up Award for Excellence recognises and honours outstanding and brilliant environmentalists, health and safety experts as well as philanthropists that are passionate about environmental sustainability in Africa.
This year’s edition received several submissions from various corporate organisations across Africa. The ceremony was attended by distinguished personalities within the public and private sectors in the continent and other parts of the world.
In a statement conferring the award on the bank, the African Clean-up Initiative was quoted as saying, “The bank is an environmentally-friendly financial institution that upholds best sustainable practices and demonstrates administrative excellence in dealing and supporting environmentally sustainable projects and social impact enterprise.”
Commenting on the award, the Group Head, Corporate Affairs, FCMB, Mr. Diran Olojo, said the development was a further confirmation that the impact of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, with environmental sustainability as a core pillar, was being felt and appreciated globally.
He said, ‘’As a responsible corporate citizen, we place a high premium on not just what we achieve as an organisation, but how these are achieved, taking into consideration the impact on the environment.
“Hence, our business activities and operations are designed to ensure that we lend responsibly, promote financial inclusion, encourage diversity, adhere to health and safety standards, create awareness on environmentally friendly activities and reduce (or totally avoid where possible) negative impact on the environment.”
While commending African Clean-Up Initiative for the award, Olojo assured stakeholders that the bank was committed to executing activities that have the capacity to convert environmental challenges into opportunities in line with its values.
“We will continue to do the right things consistently to ensure sustainable development across the various spheres of business and service delivery,” he stressed.