Access Bank plc has demonstrated leadership in the responsible business practice and sustainability by collaborating with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Focal Point South Africa, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, (SIDA) and Thistle Praxis on sustainability capacity building in Nigeria.

The session held at the Access Bank Head Office in Lagos, tagged G4 Sustainability Reporting Guideline Training Workshop, was designed to empower participants with the requisite knowledge of sustainability reporting, help them manage the reporting process and benefit from the transparency of adopting such standards.

Additionally, the programme provides a strategic opportunity for advancing the shared mission of mainstreaming sustainability reporting into business practices Nigeria and Africa as well as enhancing the presence of the Global Reporting Initiative in Nigeria at the national and regional levels.

Speaking at the occasion, Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director, Access Bank said that the “ the collaboration with GRI, SIDA and Thistle Praxis presents the Bank with another opportunity to demonstrate its leadership in the areas of responsible business practices and sustainability”. In the presentation made on his behalf by the Bank’s Chief Risk Officer, Gregory Jobome, Herbert stated that issues around the subjects of sustainability and responsible business practices are important to the Bank and consistent with its pedigree in championing and supporting sustainability initiatives across Africa.”

Access Bank as part of its quest to entrench best practices in the different facets of Nigerian life has organised several workshops and conferences, notable amongst which are the Nigerian Sustainability Banking Principles (NSBP) Steering Committee Meeting in partnership with IFC and AccessConference2103 where global leaders deliberated on the theme “Embracing Sustainable Leadership. These corporate actions are a testimony to the Bank’s sustained efforts at nation building and support for the Nigerian financial services sector in achieving a seamless integration of sustainable business practices into the core of its business operations.