Standard Chartered Bank recently observed World Environment Day (WED) with activities aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues and encouraging positive action in the wider community to protect the environment, as part of #generationrestoration – this year’s WED global theme.
A series of employee engagement activities spread over a week included webinars discussing themes such as sustainable food choices and sustainable investing. Industry experts shared their views on sustainable eating, and how people can make their investment dollars work harder while promoting good in the world.
The bank also encouraged staff to make pledges of their commitment to show what they can do to positively impact climate change. They also collectively brought home 200 fruit tree saplings to plant at home.
Standard Chartered Bank ended the week with an internal roadshow highlighting the bank’s efforts to reduce waste and carbon emissions, as well as its eco targets for the year.
At the roadshow, a free set of steel cutlery and reusable bags were given out to employees. To support the national effort on ‘No Plastic Everyday’ initiative, the bank handed out reusable shopper bags for clients through the bank’s network of branches. The bank also completed a third-party single-use plastic-free audit on its main office premises, and was certified as a single-use plastic-free building, one of the first commercial buildings of the Standard Chartered Bank group to achieve such status.
Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing Marilyn Graeme said, “Standard Chartered Bank aspires to be the world’s most sustainable bank and we have long been taking steps and actions to work towards that aspiration. The involvement of our employees is crucial in helping us achieve our net zero goals and to promote environmental standards amongst our clients and stakeholders. We encourage everyone to take action whenever and wherever they are to raise awareness, inspire positive action and reduce their carbon footprint on the environment”.