By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Staff of Access Bank Ghana took upon themselves and offered some volunteerism works by devoting their resources and energy to social projects aimed at improving livelihoods in many Ghanaian communities.
Over 700 employees of the Bank volunteered to successfully implement 13 distinct projects in the areas of Education, Health, Orphanages and social upliftment in line with the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy and among others.
The “Employee Volunteering Programme” of the bank launched in 2010, allows employees to invest in projects of real value to communities in which the Bank operates.
Some 40 communities, institutions and an estimated 10,000 individuals have benefited by these charitable projects of the bank.
Beneficiary communities and organizations for the 2013 Employee Volunteering Programme includes Ridge Hospital; Accident Center, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital; and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi all under the health initiative of the bank.
Institutions benefited from the bank’s education were James Town Sempe Primary School; Kanda Cluster of Schools; and Techiman Senior High School.
Orphanages beneficiaries were Angel of Hope Orphanage, Tarkwa; Children’s Home (Osu, Agbogbloshie Street Girls children, SOS – Tema, Local Community); and Nyohini Children’s Home, Tamale.
The rest are Ghana Blind Union; School for the Deaf, Ashiaman; Attoh Quarshie Boxing Gym; and Street Girl Aid Early Childhood Centre.
The Head of Corporate Communications for Access Bank (Ghana), Mrs. Matilda Asante-Asiedu said “As a Bank, we take our social responsibility as seriously as we do our core business. We are here to build a sustainable banking franchise, and we will continue to partner with the communities within which we operate to develop them”.
Many are of the view that the Employee Volunteering Programme by Access Bank is one of the most impactful policies initiated by Corporate Ghana to directly intervene and provide basic but critical social amenities for the vulnerable and under-privileged in society.
Access Bank (Ghana) Limited is reputed as one of the fastest growing banks in the Ghana, having demonstrated consistent growth in its financial performance since 2009. The Bank is a subsidiary of Access Bank Plc, ranked amongst the top 20 banks in Africa by assets and capital.
Over the last 4 years, Access Bank has invested in healthcare, education, environment and social improvement by leveraging its people and financial resources to do various projects across the country.
These contributions together with its financial performance and business expansion have contributed to the Bank being adjudged winner of several industry awards including 2013 Top Emerging Brand; 3rd Most Respected Bank in Ghana (Ghana Club 100); and 2012 Best Growing Bank in Ghana. Currently, Access Bank operates across 39 office locations covering about 7 regions in Ghana.