Beyond direct financial service, Access Bank is a global brand where you can truly access more.
Access Bank’s vision statement is “To be the world’s most respected African bank”. Some of the core values of this global brand in its pursuit of achieving this title are its sustainability initiatives and the innovative approach towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Asides cementing its place as one of the foremost financial institutions to emerge from the continent, Access Bank has become synonymous with initiatives such as national development, support and public empowerment.
Sustainability is the cornerstone of Access Bank’s corporate philosophy because they believe that only by delivering social, economic and environmental value today can you create shareholder value for tomorrow. The brand’s efforts towards propagating fitness and wellness are visible in the workplace, their marketplace (customers) and the general community.
Home, then abroad
Well, isn’t it said that “Charity begins at home”? This is precisely why Access Bank’s passion towards promoting health is first directed at its staff and customers. They are, indeed, committed to creating a healthy workspace. The head office at Victoria Island, Lagos has a first-rate clinic and all their offices are equipped with defibrillators and other medical facilitations to manage minor conditions and emergencies.
Access Bank staff enjoy the benefits of HMO plans and insurance schemes which cover the slightest ailments up to the most critical conditions. They also implement 1-week paternity leave and 6-month maternity leave for nursing fathers and mothers respectively. The bank has also implemented policies for proper breastfeeding spaces within the working environment and crèches for children of the staff. Many capacity building programmes and even first aid trainings and international certifications are organised for members of staff as part of the emphasis on health awareness.
Their initiatives include fitness and wellness benefits for customers through their health support schemes. This is coupled with consistent campaigns towards health sensitisation on Malaria and HIV for their customers. Because of Access Bank’s immense commitment to sustainability, they work with their clients to ensure that the projects – for which they seek bank funding – remove or mitigate environmental and social risks.
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon
The top-of-mind event in Access Bank’s efforts towards promoting fitness and wellness should be the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Even though the origins trace back to as far as 1983, the event became official in 2016 with Access Bank named as primary sponsor. From 20,000 competitors in 2016, the number has grown incredibly to over 100,000 competitors from across Africa in the 2019 edition.
The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has become the most popular road event in Africa and among the most popular in the world. In the 2019 edition, free HIV testing was provided for all the competitors – a further statement of the brand’s wellness and sustainability goals.
Access To Health
Access Bank has been closely associated with the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and its vision since 2013. Access Bank is a pioneer member of this strategic and impactful coalition. This is evident in the Malaria-To-Zero initiative – an innovative scheme designed to galvanize private sector resources towards the malaria elimination programme in Nigeria. This was the bank’s first step towards complementing the government’s operations in achieving its malaria elimination goals by 2020 – a vision that is also shared by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Access Bank has been committed over the last couple of years in financing activities, supporting research with funding and providing drugs and bed nets. Over 300,000 lives have been saved, over 43,000 nets have been distributed across communities while over 12,537 pregnant women have been impacted in the process.
The ‘W’ Initiative
Quite a number of Access Bank advocacies have evolved into regulatory frameworks by the CBN. Some of these advocacies include initiatives towards women and child healthcare.
The W Initiative was designed to facilitate all empowerment and healthcare activities geared towards women – from financial and employment inclusion to maternal health. Through the Maternal Health Service Support (MHSS) scheme, women access special healthcare and medical procedure, especially related to fertility and natal challenges. Through loans with subsidised interest rates, flexible repayment plans and access to fertility clinics , Access Bank is reducing the financial burden on a lot of families through the MHSS scheme.
Since inception, the MHSS scheme has financed over 102 fertility procedures and recorded successful births of over 50 healthy babies – something that the families involved will remain ever thankful for.
No Limits, Access More
The Hospital Facility Upgrade Support Scheme is a product designed by Access bank to finance the renovation and upgrade of hospitals and their medical facilities. This is also to enable them purchase medical equipment and other necessary assets.
The brand also implements initiatives to support children with special abilities. Over 200 children diagnosed with Down syndrome have been helped through financial and non-financial means.
Access Bank employees also volunteer in providing healthcare services and supporting in communities all across the country. A statement was released that a total of 1.9 million hours have been expended by Access Bank employees in supporting communities.
Awards! Awards! Awards!
The bank’s outstanding efforts in sustainability have certainly not gone unnoticed. This year, among an array of awards, Access Bank was the winner of the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Award for ‘Outstanding Business Sustainability Achievement’. The bank also won a 2019 Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award as ‘Outstanding Healthcare SME-Friendly Bank of the Year’.
In 2017 and 2018 consecutively, Access Bank was named the winner of all four awards at the maiden CBN sustainability awards – a feat which proved them as pioneers and leaders in social responsibility and empowerment.
Access Bank has won World Finance awards nine times. In 2016, the bank won the award for ‘Best Sustainable Bank’. Access Bank also emerged as winner of the 2018 Euromoney Awards for “Africa’s Best Bank for Corporate Social Responsibility”.
Access Bank over the years has also been awarded severally for their efforts towards driving sustainable health projects. In 2018, the bank emerged winner at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) for ‘Outstanding CSR Health Project of the Year’. These and more place the brand at the top of the pyramid in the development of the Nigerian healthcare sector. It only shows that Access Bank is a global brand where, beyond direct financial service, you can truly access more!
Access Bank plc, commonly known as Access Bank, is a Nigerian multinational commercial bank, owned by Access Bank Group. It is licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the national banking regulator.