GCB rolls out initiative to plant 7,000 trees

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GCB Bank PLC (GCB) last Friday rolled out the ‘GCB Greens Ghana for Life’ initiative, which aims at planting 7,000 trees in commemoration of the bank’s 70th anniversary to serve as its contribution toward the Green Ghana Project under the government of Ghana’s auspices, specifically the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Forestry Commission.

The roll-out of ‘CB Greens Ghana for Life’ therefore formed part of the Green Ghana Day celebration, and involved active participation by the bank’s Board of Directors and Management staff who joined President Nana Akufo-Addo and thousands of Ghanaians at the University of Ghana for the national tree-planting event that is the highlight of Green Ghana Day. This was replicated across almost 100 branches and offices of the bank by GCB staff nationwide, who planted cash crops and ornamental trees.

This GCB 70th anniversary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is in line with the bank’s environmental agenda – which among others seeks to supports the national effort to mitigate climate change by improving the country’s vegetative cover, thereby increasing Ghana’s chances of securing a sustainable environment. The ‘GCB Greens Ghana for Life’ initiative is therefore a key CSR contribution of the bank – which aligns with government’s Green Ghana Project that aims at planting 10 million trees to replace and improve the country’s lost green environment and strengthen our chances of winning the fight against climate change.

For the tree-planting exercise at the University of Ghana, the bank was represented by Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu and Mr. Daniel Kwaku Tweneboah Asirifi, both members of the GCB Board of Directors, together with the Deputy Managing Director-Operations, Mr. Emmanuel Odartey Lamptey. Other GCB Executives present at the University of Ghana were Mr. Eric Coffie, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer; Ms. Jessie Jacintho, General Legal Counsel; Mr. Linus Kumi, Head of Corporate Banking; and Kofi Osei-Asibey, Executive Business Manager.

The effort to plant trees at other locations of the bank was spearheaded by Mr. Sam Aidoo, Executive Director-Wholesale and Investment Banking, who led one of the teams to GCB’s Learning Centre at Nungua to plant trees – just as similar exercises led by key GCB staff were carried out across almost 100 of the bank’s 186 branches and locations in the country. The team that undertook the tree planting exercise at GCB’s Learning Centre included Mr. John Adamah, Executive Head, Retail Banking; Mr. Francis Danyi, Head of Strategy and Research; Mr. Theophilus Aryee, Chief Risk Officer; Mr. Dominic Cobbinah, Head of Banking Operations; and Mr. Sina Kigmagate, Chief Internal Auditor among others.

Commenting on the GCB Greens Ghana for Life initiative and the bank’s support for the Green Ghana Project, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu GCB Board-member said: “For 70 years, GCB has contributed in significant ways to supporting Ghana’s economic development. In addition to financing projects, our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives have been strategically aimed at responding and intervening in critical social development needs. In our 70th year, GCB is once again contributing toward a solution to a national problem.

“On the occasion of the bank’s 70th anniversary celebrations, we are happy to implement one of our 70th anniversary heritage initiatives dubbed ‘GCB Greens Ghana for Life’; which will see GCB contribute 7,000 trees to support Ghana’s tree population, and thereby significantly improve our chances in the fight against climate change and securing a sustainable environment.”

GCB Bank is a leading bank in Ghana’s banking industry, with 186 branches dotted across the length and breadth of the country. The bank since its establishment in 1953 has been described as a systemic bank with significant contributions to Ghana’s growth in multiple sectors, including oil and gas, agriculture, commerce and others. Over the past quarter of a century, the bank has transformed itself into one of Ghana’s most modern banks in terms of its financial intermediation capabilities, its digital technology-driven payments platforms, and consequently its corporate reputation both at home and abroad.

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