In recognition of its innovative contributions to the finance and sustainability sector, Access Bank PLC was honoured with the ‘Best Bank Nigeria’, ‘Best Private Bank Nigeria’, and Pan-African ‘Sustainability Award’, during the 2021 EMEA Finance African Banking Awards.
Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO, Access Bank Plc, while commenting on the awards, said: “We, at Access Bank, are dedicated to setting the bar for responsible business practices, demonstrating corporate brand commitment to tackling social, economic, and environmental challenges as part of our relentless endeavor to offer more than banking. This, combined with our vision of becoming the world’s most respected African Bank, has led us to take the lead in promoting sustainable banking practices, financial inclusion, and the diversification of our local economies through altruistic CSR initiatives that have impacted the lives of many people,”
“Today, we are one step closer to that vision, and we are honoured to have received these awards as we continue to work towards offering value to all our stakeholders,” he affirmed.
In keeping with its ethos of advancing catalytic opportunities to deliver financing for sustainable development by advocating for approaches such as blended finance and green investment, Access Bank issued Africa’s first Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) certified corporate green bond ($41 million). The landmark issue, earmarked as an instrument to support the transition to a low carbon economy, also served as the first green bond cross-listed between the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Luxembourg Green Exchange.