uniBank’s debut as one of the foremost practitioners of CSR in Ghana was affirmed when it received the CSR Bank of the Year and CSR Initiative/Campaign of the Year accolades at the 7th Ghana CSR Excellence Awards, held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel under the auspices of the Centre For CSR West Africa.
The CSR Excellence Awards is a nifty platform modelled on the European CSR Awards with multistakeholder participation which measures companies’compliance to best practices in CSR and sustainability, especially their impact-driven interventions and projects across Ghana.
uniBank (Ghana) Limited beat off strong competition from over 30 banks with its flagship programme on health, the Operation Smile Project.
Through this benevolent act, uniBank partnered with Operation Smile Ghana – an International Medical Charity Organisation – to perform free surgical operations on 150 patients born with cleft-lips and cleft-palates: the third commonest birth defects in the world.
This birth defect, which is increasingly spreading within some rural and urban areas in the country, causes speech abnormalities and breathing problems – sometimes resulting in death.
The bank was also acknowledged for its vivacious One Ghana Project, an inspiring commitment by staff of uniBank to ensure crafted, meaningful change in our communities through monthly donations.
Kojo Williams, Lead Project Manager and co-founder of the Centre, indicated that the GHACEA awards are among the most important awards that all organisations with the aspiration to help Ghana’s development should aim to win, and thus congratulated uniBank for the delightful societal interventions.
He posited that it is no longer acceptable for businesses to concentrate only on profit-making; they must also give accounts of their commitment to the Ghanaian populace, the environment and society by implementing sustainable projects that accrue to the benefit of society.
Acknowledging the certificate of honour, Clifford Duke Mettle – Executive Director – indicated that uniBank is ardent in providing support to entities whose missions anchor on education, youth development and healthcare for the underprivileged, stating that: “Undertaking CRS initiatives are fundamental to us, as it delights us to see lives affected positively,” he added.
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