Fidelity Bank commits to sustainability, environmental stewardship
Fidelity Bank Ghana has reaffirmed its commitment to champion sustainability, environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the country.
The bank made the commitment at a groundbreaking sustainability conference in Accra, on the theme "Sustaining our world, collaborating for a greener future." It marked the end of a month-long sustainability drive.
A release issued in Accra yesterday by the bank said; “Throughout the month, Fidelity Bank Ghana engaged its staff, customers and other stakeholders in a variety of activities aimed at raising awareness and fostering a culture of sustainability consciousness among the Ghanaian populace and key stakeholders in government, the corporate sector, and business arena.”
It said the inaugural conference brought together a diverse array of experts, advocates and thought-leaders to engage in discussions on a wide range of sustainability-related topics.
The event saw significant attendance from government officials, civil society representatives, academia, media and the general public, underscoring its broad-reaching impact.
Welcoming the participants, the Deputy Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Ghana, Atta Yeboah Gyan, emphasised the global importance of integrating sustainability-focused habits and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices into daily activities, particularly within the corporate and business spheres.
He called on all stakeholders to unite in pursuit of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stating; "The challenges before us are great but so too is our capacity for invention, teamwork and constructive change. Together, we possess the potential and willpower to set a trajectory that balances economic development with environmental stewardship, promoting peace among people and preserving our shared abode, the earth."
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Charles Abani, in his speech titled "Sustainability as a Catalyst for Transforming the Ghanaian Economy" outlined six key focus areas, including decent jobs, education transformation, food systems, climate change, energy transition and digital transformation, stressing the vital role of the private sector in driving innovation and financing solutions.
He highlighted the necessity for a robust private sector partnership to accelerate development and progress toward the SDGs, noting that active collaboration was required between UN agencies and the private sector to mobilize capital and support innovation.
Head of Partnerships, Sustainability and CSR at Fidelity Bank, Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree, , explained the rationale behind dedicating September as Fidelity's Sustainability Month, stating, "At Fidelity, we are not just talking about change; we are actively driving it. Sustainability is not just a word but a commitment that runs deep within the heart of Fidelity Bank.
We understand that our actions today shape the world of tomorrow, and this understanding fuels our unwavering dedication to this agenda. That is why we deem it necessary to dedicate a whole month within the year to actively propel the Sustainability agenda in partnership with key stakeholders. Together, we can join forces to make a lasting impact on our environment and our communities."