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Access Bank clinches five awards at Global Brands Magazine Awards

11 Jan 2023, 12:36 pm
Financial Nigeria
Access Bank clinches five awards at Global Brands Magazine Awards

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Mozambique subsidiary receives ‘Best Banking Brand’ and ‘Best New Micro Loans Product’ awards.

Access Bank CEO Roosevelt Ogbonna

Access Bank PLC's commitments to sustainable banking and its contributions across various sectors of the African economy have been recognised as the lender emerged winner in five categories at the 2022 Global Brands Magazine Awards, for the fourth consecutive year.

The bank was appraised across critical metrics spanning digital innovation, customer service, customer satisfaction, as well as new business developments, winning the Best Mobile Banking App (Africa); Best Digital Banking Brand (Nigeria); Best CSR Bank (Nigeria); Best Bank for Investor Relations (Nigeria); and Best Agro Banking Brand (Nigeria) awards. Access Bank’s Mozambique subsidiary also received awards as the ‘Best Banking Brand’ and for having the ‘Best New Micro Loans Product’.

“These awards are testaments to our relentless drive towards achieving our vision to be the World's Most Respected African Bank by carving a niche for ourselves as the dominant universal gateway across every customer and banking segment in Africa,” said Roosevelt Ogbonna, Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, while commenting on the recognitions. “Access Bank PLC has blazed the trail in providing services through disruptive innovations that have transformed our customer service and the general outlook of possibilities in the African banking landscape.”

He added that the sustainability commitments of the bank have seen it making intentional and strategic efforts to foster development and prosperity in communities where it operates. He said Access Bank pledges to deepen the scale of its targeted initiatives to support the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in Africa.

In a statement sent to Financial Nigeria, Access Bank said it is leveraging its ‘Access More’ mobile banking application, and that the bank has been at the forefront of emerging trends within the banking industry and the ever-evolving customer needs by introducing features such as Nearby Payments via Bluetooth, an instant reward scheme for gamification, an e-commerce marketplace, and near-instant international transfers (AccessAfrica). Since its launch, Access More has logged over 1 million users and over 126 million transactions with a value in excess of $28 billion.

Access Bank has over the years prioritised health, education, sports, arts, the environment, and social welfare as key focus areas for its CSR efforts, investing about $38 million in various impactful initiatives. According to the statement, the lender has so far reached 1,519 communities and impacted 30,623,790 individuals and 834 NGOs through its sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, Access Bank has reported that its employees have committed a combined 2.7 million hours of their time, and resources, through its Employee Volunteering Scheme, positively impacting over 530 communities across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

“Access Bank has high-performance ESG policies ingrained as fundamental components of its growth plan,” the statement said. The efforts have earned the bank numerous local and international awards and recognitions. Some of the awards include the World Finance Award for Most Sustainable Bank (eleven-time winner), and the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Award for Outstanding Business Sustainability Achievement (seven-time consecutive winner).

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