First Bank of Nigeria Limited is commemorating the second edition of its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Week scheduled for June 19 – 23, 2018. The event themed ‘Touching Lives; You First’ would offer FirstBank employees the opportunity to give their time and resources in the service of humanity. The week-long event which is being commemorated across its business communities in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal is a reflection of the Bank’s brand promise to always put stakeholder needs first, while it reinforces the Bank’s role in driving sustainable development in the communities where it operates.
The CR&S Week would witness the culmination and consolidation of the Bank’s interventions in social responsibility, promoting random acts of kinds across 800 communities to reignite acts of kindness in our society. The events are tailored towards re-orientating the society along the right values; encouraging the citizenry to intentionally create positive impact in their immediate environment.
Major Highlights of the 2018 commemoration include:
Promoting Acts of Random Kindness in over 800 Business Communities– This initiative launched in 2017 as Staff Promoting Acts of Random Kindness has been expanded to give opportunities to everyone who wants to participate. Consequently, it has been tagged ‘Start Promoting Acts of Random Kindness’ (SPARK) and a Giving platform has been put in place to encourage all interested parties to donate to humanitarian causes. All stakeholders are encouraged to nominate people they believe are deserving of kindness. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with supporting reasons in not more than 100 words; entries close on June 23, 2018.
Giving and Visits to Orphanages/Less Privileged Homes Across Sub-Saharan Africa and United Kingdom: FirstBank staff would drive welfare through visits to homes of the less privileged and elderly across the Bank’s footprints in Sub-saharan Africa and the United Kingdom to present the items which have been procured based on a prior needs assessment at the chosen locations.
Career counseling for over 3000 students: Executive Management and staff will deliver impactful career counseling sessions with secondary school students across the regions to inculcate financial literacy and inclusion in young students.
Provision of Vision Screening and Eye Glasses for 2000 People: The Bank is partnering with VisionSpring to provide vision screening and affordable eye glasses for consumers earning less than $4 per day. This initiative is structured around three social impact themes: See to Earn, See to Learn, and See to be Safe to impact the lifestyles of their communities.
Empowerment for over 500 Widows: As part of the week’s activities, FirstBank will also commemorate the International Widows Day (IWD) on June 23, 2018 and is partnering with the International Women’s Society (IWS) to empower women, especially widows that will be present at an event organised to commemorate the IWD.
FirstBank’s CR&S Week is the first of its kind in the Financial Service industry in Nigeria and it is tailored to spotlight the Bank’s corporate citizenship interventions to drive positive impact across various communities all in one week. The Bank is encouraging people everywhere to step out of their comfort zones, perform a random act of kindness, post a picture and tag FirstBank on social media using the hash tag #FirstBankCRSWeek on Facebook – facebook.com/firstbankofnigeria; Twitter – @firstbankngr and Instagram – @firstbanknigeria
Speaking on the initiative, the MD/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan stated that The 2018 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability week will amplify the Bank’s Employee Giving and Volunteering scheme as we all collaborate across our business communities to create sustainable impact, touch lives and make our societies a better place to live.
ADEDUNTAN, FIRSTBANK MD HEADLINES UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN (UI) MAIDEN GRADUATE CAREER FAIR
Nigeria’s premier financial Institution, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced its sponsorship of the University of Ibadan (UI) Graduate Recruitment/Career fair which took place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 at the University’s Conference Centre in Ibadan, Nigeria. The Graduate Recruitment/Career Fair is part of the activities lined up for the commemoration of the institution’s 70th Foundation Day Anniversary and 2018 Convocation Ceremonies.
The Career Fair was convened to promote the engagement between organisations, spanning diverse industries and exceptionally talent among the final year students of the University on career mentoring and ready for work tips. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan – Professor Abel Olayinka delivered the welcome address whilst the Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr Adesola Adeduntan who is an alumnus of the University gave the keynote lecture.
Other activities lined up for the event were the syndicate and coaching speed sessions. The Syndicate Session comprised four activities namely; Employability Skills, The Future of Work, Academic Pursuit – What and How? and Entrepreneurship/Startups. These sessions were driven to ensure the preparedness of the young graduates towards their career pursuit.
On the other hand, the Speed Coaching Session was used to share knowledge and solve problems quickly. There were experienced Human Resource professionals on ground to help the students in the areas of resume writing; aptitude test, assessment centres and interview preparation as well as searching for jobs.
According to the Group Head, Human Capital Management & Development, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Rosie Ebe-Arthur, “the FirstBank-University of Ibadan Graduate Recruitment/Career Fair is a noble initiative we are pleased to identify with. Interestingly, this partnership is indeed a celebration of Firsts as the Graduate Recruitment/Career Fair is the first of its kind by the premier University and FirstBank, the premier Financial institution in the country. FirstBank’s participation in the event is indeed an avenue to identify young Nigerians with the right skillset that epitomises our vibrant and creative workforce.”
First Bank partners CFA Society for Ethics Challenge
First Bank of Nigeria Limited is partnering with CFA Society Nigeria for this year’s edition of its Ethics Challenge. The Ethics Challenge is a university outreach programme organised by CFA Society Nigeria for university students. It aims to promote the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence in the investment industry. First Bank said in Lagos on Tuesday that the partnership aligned with the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability strategic approach and the objective of the bank’s endowment programme – the Samuel Asabia Chair for Business Ethics at the University of Lagos
Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, its Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, said the partnership would also showcase the bank’s support for education amongst youths and the drive for nation building.
Speaking on the event which would hold between Nov. 2 (Lagos and Abuja) and Nov. 3 (Lagos only), Ani-Mumuney said: “It is part of the bank’s ambition to raise the next generation of financial analysts who will operate under the appropriate guiding principles.
“This partnership is an improvement of last year’s edition of the programme. We realise the need to carry out adequate engagement with students as regards business ethics.
“That way, we will be shaping the future of the investment industry in Nigeria.
“With seven universities competing in the 2017 ethics challenge, CFA Society has set out to increase the impact of the 2018 version by expanding the number of participating universities from seven to twelve, including at least one West African university.’’
According to her, this year, the programme will run regional competitions in Abuja and Lagos before running a National Final in Lagos.
“Also, in line with its ‘Women in Investment Management Initiative’ and to encourage women inclusion, the CFA society has added a requirement that each team must be represented by an equal number of female and male students,’’ she said.
Ani-Mumuney said that she was optimistic that these two strategic improvements would position the competition to enable the bank make bigger impacts through the Ethics Challenge.
“Participating universities for the programme are Babcock University, Bowen University, Covenant University, Ekiti State University, Mountain Top University, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Benin and University of Calabar.
“Others are university of Ibadan as well as University of Lagos for the Lagos preliminary round, while the Abuja Based preliminary round will have University of Abuja, University of Maiduguri, University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria and Madonna University participating.
“The competition will take place in two rounds with the preliminary rounds taking place in Lagos and Abuja.
“Thereafter, two qualifiers from the Abuja region and four qualifiers from Lagos region will converge in Lagos for the grand finale,’’ she said.
UBA Receiving Entries For National Essay Competition
The UBA Foundation is now accepting entries for this year’s edition of the National Essay Competition. The first prize for the competition is a N2 million educational grant for the winner to study in any African university of his or her choice, a 100% increase from N1m which was awarded last year, while the second and third prizes have increased to N1.5 million and N1m educational grants respectively.
Applicants must be secondary school students, schooling in Nigeria and applications close on 2nd November, 2018.
Kindly use URL https://www.ubagroup.com/national-essay-competition
To apply, qualified candidates must:
1. Attach 1 passport photograph, a photocopy of their original birth certificate or a photocopy of international passport data page.
2. Submit their complete contact information (School Name and Address, Residential Address, Phone number and Email Address)
3. Send Handwritten entries (not more than 750 words) should be sent to:
UBA Foundation, UBA House, 57 Marina Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State.
Applications can also be sent to any UBA Branch in Nigeria
The educational grant is only applicable to students who intend to study in an African University.
LATE ENTRIES will not be accepted
Kindly use URL https://www.ubagroup.com/national-essay-competition
#National Essay Competition
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