Advans Ghana Savings and Loans has picked up two awards at this year’s Sustainability and Social Investment awards.
The CEO of the financial institution, Mr. Olivier Bailly Béchet, also received an individual award — Foreign Personality of the Year — for his undying efforts in creating positive change in societies through the company’s enormous initiatives to support clients and potential customers as well as the communities in which they operate.
Having been nominated in five top categories, Advans Ghana walked away with ‘Best Company in project promoting & supporting Agriculture and Agribusiness’; a reward which recognises the company’s growing and innovative value chain activities in supporting the development of agriculture in Ghana, especially in the area of financing smallholder farmers.
Since 2017, Advans Ghana has disbursed GHC 4.3million to over 17,000 smallholder farmers for inputs, with the aim of increasing productivity and yield for farmers, thus, making the company a key financial institution for financing agriculture in Ghana.
Advans Ghana’s second award for the night was the Social Investment Project of the year (Environment), an award which was relatable to the institution’s Tree Planting Project.
Commenting on this particular award, Mrs Barbara Odei, Chief Sales and Distribution Officer of the company noted that “As global warming festers on, we as management, saw the need to embark on reducing our paper consumption. Our Tree Planting Exercise aims at compensating our yearly consumption of paper to reduce its negative impact on the environment.”
“More so, we also partnered with Royal Seed Orphanage and in November 2019, to institution plant over 350 fruit trees in the orphanage home. An initiative which would later help the orphanage to regularly provide fruits to the children, improve their health, but also generate additional income by selling part of the production”, she added.
Several outstanding Individuals were not left out but also rewarded for their special individual efforts, which in one way or the other has a footprint of great impact in societies.
The 4th Sustainability and Social Investment Awards is an award scheme that recognises the efforts of corporate Institutions in pushing for the Social Development Goals. This year, the awards night came off at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Accra, on November 13th.
About Advans Ghana Savings and Loans Ltd
Advans Ghana Savings and Loans Ltd is a subsidiary of the Advans Group head-quartered in Paris with presence in 9 countries in Africa and Asia and serving more than 1 million clients. In Ghana, Advans operates in 20 branches across 8 regions with the head office located in Accra-Newtown. Advans Ghana’s mission is to provide client centric financial services to small businesses and under-served populations in a sustainable and responsible manner.