Management and staff of Ecobank Nigeria over the weekend engaged in a walk and work for sustainable environment in Nigeria. The sustainable environment campaign of the bank operates as an employee volunteer initiative during which staff carry out environmental sanitation in the key communities where the Bank operates. The event ran simultaneously in nine locations including Lagos (Victoria Island and Ikeja), Ibadan, Abuja, Kano, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Onitsha and Calabar.
Addressing the staff, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria,Charles Kie stated that the Bank’s commitment to the protection of the environment is non-negotiable. According to Mr Kie, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is an integral part of the bank’s business. He added that, this year’s focus is on removing non bio-degradable elements from the environment, which includes plastics, polythene and others.
In his words, "sustainability in banking has never been more important than it is today. It’s not just about improving the bank’s products and operations, it’s also about how we integrate the economic, social and environmental factors in our decision-making; and at the same time help our clients to conduct their business in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner."
Kie pointed out that setting a day aside annually to address environmental issues further portrays the Bank as an eco-friendly financial institution and underpins the Bank’s commitment to sustainability.
He emphasized that the bank would continue to participate in initiatives targeted at sustaining the environment, adding that, the CSR activity will be sustained because of the enormous goodwill and support both from staff and other stakeholders.
During the exercise, members of staff of the bank led by senior management team in the selected towns across the country embarked on clearing drainages, picked used plastics and polythene in identified routes and surroundings. Theywere assisted by members of traffic wardens, waste disposals vehicles and medical team. There was also aerobic sessions.