Standard Chartered Nigeria Ltd. has been recognized for its continued effort to accelerate the net zero emissions campaign in Nigeria at the annual Environmental Sustainability Conference, Exhibition and Awards, ECOSEA by 2022.
The bank’s Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing Director, Dayo Aderugbo, said this in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
The statement says the bank was recognized at the inaugural ECOSEA Award event with the theme: “Only One Earth: Towards a Safer Environment.”
He said the bank was honored with the Green Brand Campaign of the Year award for its Net Zero campaign.
The statement quoted ECOSEA coordinator and editor of Brand Communicator, Mr. Joshua Ajayi, as saying that the event was the first step in an exciting journey that would continue for many years.
Ajayi described the event as a convergence of environmental sustainability stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as development agencies in the sustainability space.
He took the time to highlight the goals of the annual conference: “Our goal for ECOSEA is to create an annual platform that will consistently become the foremost thought leadership platform championing the cause of environmentally sustainable action in Africa.
“We also want to create an aspirational space where people come together annually to showcase innovative and environmentally friendly products, services and initiatives.
“We also want to be the most prestigious recognition platform for champions of environmental sustainability in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa, while also serving as an inspirational tool for others.”
Commenting on the award, Aderugbo said it was a testament to years of various initiatives and campaigns to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We are excited about the award that is 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 of the SDGs aimed at protecting the environment.
“We are optimistic about the impact this recognition will have on other corporate organizations that have not yet fully embraced Net Zero acceleration.
“We believe in driving collective impact through advocacy and public-private partnerships and invite everyone to join us in our push for a greener, healthier environment for all of us,” said Aderugbo.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, was also quoted as saying that there was an urgent need for the human race to act collectively against further anthropogenic gas emissions.
He noted that in recent times, the earth’s natural system has been struggling to keep up with man’s endless demands in terms of food provision, clean water, medicine, climate regulation and protection against extreme weather conditions.
According to him, “a healthy environment is essential for our continued survival and the achievement of the 17 SDGs”.
Source Credit: NAN