It was a night of well-deserved recognition for Access Bank as the institution roped in multiple awards at the Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs) including awards for: Best Company In Climate Action; Most Outstanding CSR Practitioner Of The Year – received by Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Head, Sustainability at Access Bank;   Sustainability Champion of the Year – given to Dr. Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO, Access Bank; Best company CSR//Sustainability West Africa; and the highest honour of the night – The Most Socially Responsible Company of The Year (Overall Winner). These awards were presented to Access Bank in recognition of its strong sustainability ethos, and its progress and commitment to embedding sustainability in its business operations whilst driving sustainable development across communities it serves.
The annual event which held on Friday, November 17, 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria and is organized to promote, measure and harmonize the contributions of the public and was attended by Liyel Imoke, Former Governor, Cross River State who gave the Keynote address, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs, CEOs of leading institutions, senior executives and other Sustainability Professionals.
Receiving the ‘Most Socially Responsible Company of The Year (Overall Winner)’, Roosevelt Ogbonna, the Group Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank said that ‘Access Bank has continued to champion responsible investing, innovative health initiatives, environmental protection and financial inclusion. We will remain committed to driving Sustainable development locally and globally as it is a necessity for all institutions to’. 
In receiving the award for ‘Sustainability Champion of the Year’ on behalf of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, Roosevelt Ogbonna, the GDMD, Access Bank said ‘I am honoured to lead a Bank that is committed to building a lasting and profitable financial institution that operates in a manner that will not compromise the ability of future generations to live in healthy environments and prosperous communities’.
In July 2017, Access Bank emerged as the winner of the prestigious Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance award for “Outstanding Business Sustainability Achievement” in Germany, winning for the second time in a row, becoming the first African financial institution to do so. In August 2017, Access Bank was also named the ‘Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria’ at the World Finance Awards 2017, becoming a four time consecutive winner of this award.
These global and local recognitions on sustainability awarded to Access Bank demonstrates the progress made by the institution in leading the Nigerian Financial industry towards sustainable finance whilst driving communities to achieve the global sustainable development goals. 
Access Bank emerged as a major winner at the Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards 2017.
The annual SERAS CSR Awards Africa, which first held in 2007, has grown to become the prime corporate awards promoting and measuring corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Africa. Key industry stakeholders rate it as the industry gold standard recognition for impactful investment in CSR and sustainability. It is the biggest event on the CSR & Sustainability calendar in Nigeria and Africa. This prestigious event will be taking place on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Shell Muson Center in Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Herbert Wigwe will be named the ‘Sustainability Champion of the Year 2017’ – this award has been received by a number of Sustainability champions includingLieutenant General Dr.SeretseKhama Ian Khama, the President of Botswana, AlikoDangote, Tony Elumelu amongst others.
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