GCB rolls out initiative to plant 7,000 trees

Environment Gcb Initiative
Environment Gcb Initiative

GCB Bank PLC (GCB) has rolled out the “GCB Greens Ghana for Life” initiative, which aims to plant 7,000 trees in commemoration of the Bank’s 70th anniversary.

It is also to serve as its contribution towards the Green Ghana Project, which is under the auspices of the Government of Ghana, specifically the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission.

The roll-out of the “GCB Greens Ghana for Life” formed part of the celebration of Green Ghana Day and involved the active participation of the Board of Directors and Management staff of the Bank, who joined President Nana Akufo-Addo, at the University of Ghana, for the national tree planting event which 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 at securing a sustainable environment.

The “GCB Greens Ghana for Life” initiative therefore is a key CSR contribution of the Bank which aligns with the Government of Ghana’s Green Ghana Project which aims to plant 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 who were 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.

Mr. Sam Aidoo, Executive Director, Wholesale and Investment Banking, spearheaded the effort to plant trees at other locations of the Bank, including the GCB Learning Centre at Nungua,

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 which undertook the tree planting exercise at the GCB 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, 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 support 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 towards 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 initiative dubbed “GCB Greens Ghana for life” which would see GCB contribute 7,000 trees to support Ghana’s tree population thereby significantly improving our chances in the fight against climate change and to secure 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 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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