Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has urged Nigerian businesses to deploy sustainability models in a bid to take their enterprise to greater height.
The financial institution made the charge during a recent sustainable procurement programme for its vendors. The virtual event was themed, “Understanding Sustainability and What It Means For Your Business.”
It featured several industry experts including Partner and West African Sector Lead, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst and Young, Mr. Samuel Agbevem, and Manager, Group Physical Security at Stanbic IBTC, Mr. Oludare Oloyede.
Speaking on the principles of sustainability, Agbevem said that the implementation of sustainability programmes by businesses will have lasting positive effects on the economy.
“Companies or businesses can reuse, recycle and reduce resources like paper, adopt energy-efficient appliances and energy-efficient practices to reduce energy consumption, and implement occupational health and safety procedures in the workplace.”
He also provided a framework that the vendors can use to incorporate sustainability into their businesses.
Addressing the issues of occupational health and safety as they relate to business sustainability, Oloyede stated that the health and safety of workers are important to the current and future success of any organisation.
He said: “Effective management of environmental and social risks is another pillar in building a sustainable business model. Successfully managing these risks can be achieved by developing policies focused on waste generation and disposal, developing and implementing health and safety procedures applicable to business operations, and implementing labour policies aligned to national laws so that people are not overworked.”
Speaking on the rationale behind the event, Omolola Fashesin, Head of Sustainability at Stanbic IBTC said: “The webinar was organised for Stanbic IBTC vendors to promote sustainability awareness and adoption of sustainability frameworks across the organisation’s supply chain.
“This is in line with one of the priority areas of the Stanbic IBTC Sustainability Framework – Sustainable Procurement. As a sustainability-driven organisation, Stanbic IBTC believes that a sustainable supply chain further advances the organisation’s intent to achieve positive Social, Environmental and Economic impact in the society.”
Furthermore, the partnership would foster critical and sustainable capacity building and manpower development; prioritise the acquisition, deployment and utilisation of resources sensitive to threats and issues related to maritime security.
UK Border Force Regional Operations Manager, West Africa, Kris Hawksfield, while commending the Authority for providing a safe environment for port services in the country said he is optimistic that the partnership will enhance Nigeria’s border management capabilities including strengthening the capacity of border law enforcement agencies to protect revenue, to disrupt criminal activities like money laundering, drugs, human trafficking and terrorism.
Other benefits he said is decrease in incidences of illicit trade in and out of the country, better compliance to trade laws, culminating in improved performance of Nigerian Ports and increase in the country’s global reputation.