SCB recognised for contributing to net zero realisation
Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited has been recognized for accelerating net zero in Nigeria at the yearly ECOSEA 2022 awards.
At the award event with the theme: ‘Only One Earth: Towards a Safer Environment’, the bank was awarded the ‘Eco-Friendly Brand Campaign of the year for the Bank’s net zero campaign’.
In his welcome address, the Convener of ECOSEA and Publisher of Brand Communicator, Joshua Ajayi stressed that the event is the first step in an exciting journey he believes will continue for many years into the future.
He described the event as a convergence of stakeholders in environmental sustainability in both the public and private sectors, as well as development agencies in the sustainability space.
According to the convener “Our goal for ECOSEA is to create an annual platform that would steadily become the largest foremost thought-leadership platform that champions the cause of environmentally sustainable actions in Africa.
“We also want to create an aspirational space people will gather annually to showcase innovative and environmentally friendly products, services, and initiatives. We equally want to be the most prestigious recognition platform for champions of environmental sustainability in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa while serving as a tool of inspiration to others”.
Speaking on the award, Dayo Aderugbo, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria said, ‘We are excited about the award being presented to the Bank today. For us at Standard Chartered Bank, this award is a testament to our years of driving various initiatives and campaigns to raise awareness on the SDGs targeted at protecting the environment.
“We are optimistic about the impact this recognition will have on other corporate organisations yet to fully embrace accelerating to Net Zero. We believe in driving collective impact through advocacy and public-private partnerships and invite everyone to join us in our drive for a greener and healthier environment for us all, as one of the ways we remain here for good in our communities”.
In his keynote speech, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman H. Adamu who was represented by the Managing Director/CEO, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Abeokuta, Otunba Olufemi Olayemi Odumosu, explained that in recent times, the earth’s natural system has been struggling to keep up with man’s unending demands in terms of food provision, clean water, medicines, climate regulation and protection from extreme weather conditions.
According to him, this has necessitated the urgent need for the human race to collectively act against further anthropogenic emissions of gases, as this not only hurts the earth, but everyone living in it because a healthy environment is essential for our continued survival and the achievement of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking on the event’s theme, ‘Only One Earth: Towards a Safer Environment’ the minister further added: “Many people do not understand why we need to worry about the environment. They say that our major aim must be creating economic growth and jobs and that the green (environmental) agenda must take second place.
In the same vein, respected environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman, Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative (LUFASI) said, “We are in the midst of a crisis. Global warming, climate change, and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats that humanity has ever faced”.