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DBN attains SSCI Level 5 rating

Development Bank of Nigeria Plc, has been awarded a Level 5 rating, the highest possible rating in the Sustainability Standards Certification Initiative (SSCI) Project. The SSCI has become the reference programme for institutions that intend to take issues of sustainability initiatives seriously. Since aligning with the provisions of the SSCI, DBN has been able to drive a deeper understanding of its already established mandate of serving society, providing financial viability, and environmental sustainability within its operations. As part of DBN’s commitment to sustainability, the Bank recently celebrated World Environmental Day, where it undertook the commitment of restoring green spaces on school grounds in select schools in Abuja and Lagos. The bank also set up a financial endowment fund to “Green Clubs” in these schools, according to statement issued on Tuesday.

This came with announcement by the bank of its partnership with MOE +Art Architecture, a local sustainabilityenabled design and architecture firm focused on creating sustainable practices and methodologies, to research, test, and archive local indigenous sustainable materials from four geographical locations in Nigeria. Having been awarded the SSCI completion cer-tificate, DBN has been inducted into the local and global European Organisation for Sustainable Development (EOSD) family, which houses banks across Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, which are already a member-institutions of the initiative.

The bank’s Managing Director, Tony Okpanachi, appreciated the World Development Finance Forum for the award, assuring that the bank will not relent in efforts to deepen its investments around sustainability standards. “The award shows the strides we are achieving as an organization. Since we were inducted into the SSCI last year, we have realized a lot of benefits. Some of which are increased innovation in key sustainability-related processes, development of high-impact goals and purpose statements, creating an innovation and stakeholder management framework”.

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