Where we stand

As forward-thinking corporate citizens, we take responsibility beyond ethical practice to exceed expectations and make a sustainable impact wherever we do business. Our stand on sustainability is expressed in our CR&S approach, sustainability statement, and sustainability framework.

Our Sustainability Statement

We take a stand for sustainability in our business practices in three ways;

Exceeding Expectations and Making Sustainable Impact

We are an ethical organisation dedicated to doing business in ways that creatively and sustainably add value to all stakeholders. Sustainability is one of our top priorities, and considering environmental and social factors is part of good business and contributes to long-term growth.

As society’s expectations of businesses continue to evolve, we aim to remain ahead of them by concentrating on sustainability as a core theme in our service delivery, partnerships, and governance to make a positive impact.​ We agree that economic development and safe environments are closely intertwined.

Taking Responsibility Beyond Ethical Practice

We have a responsibility to protect and enrich lives together with our clients, teams and communities we operate in. It is a core part of our business and we embed sustainability and ethical practices into all that we do, being accountable for our actions wherever and whenever possible.

We also recognise that financial success calls for us to find, discuss and address environmental, social and ethical problems that present market risks and opportunities, and in doing so;

  • We accelerate the economy and enrich lives.
  • We play our part in protecting the environment and inspire our stakeholders to do the same.
  • We champion and support many initiatives that support sustainability.

Forward Thinking Corporate Citizens

We understand that good corporate responsibility policies and activities have a positive effect on our people, the community, and culture. As a forward-thinking organisation, we prioritise growing our profitability while still being responsible corporate citizens.

We are able to accomplish this by redefining our process, market strategies, and policies following global trends to provide value to our stakeholders. We also concentrate on impact-based solutions, community empowerment, and keeping a track record through sustainability reporting to embed sustainability into our core business areas.

Our CR&S Approach

We follow a Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) strategy that aligns with the broader objectives of our group governance.

Knowledge & Skill Development

Sustainable Finance/Investment

Environmental & Energy Sustainability

Our Sustainability Framework

The Sustainability Framework's premise reflects our corporate values, which exist both in our service delivery and in our dedication to stakeholders in the following key areas:

Governance

We have defined a system of policies, regulations, and procedures for managing, overseeing, and regulating the governance structure at all levels and activities across our businesses.

Workplace

We maintain that the workplace should be fair, effective, and safe. As a result, we have created a number of programs to ensure equitable and ethical operating practices, and also address team engagement and growth.

Marketplace

This focuses on partners and clients, with the goal of increasing CR&S recognition and encouraging participation in key initiatives.

Environment

Environmental preservation is a primary concern for all stakeholders and as a result, takes the priority of our sustainability efforts.

Community

Through this area, we are able to create additional value and contribute in many ways to the well-being of the society at large.

Compliance

We comply with various international and local regulatory requirements including; Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP), Applicable local laws and National legislation ISO 26000, Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility and IFC Performance & World Bank EHS Standards.

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