First Bank Nigeria Limited has said it will be reaching out to over 5,000 individuals, asides from its outreach to orphanages and less privileged homes in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom as part of activities to mark its Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility week.
The bank in a statement said it will be providing free vision screening and eyeglasses, career counselling to students and empowerment for widows across 800 business communities during the CS&R week which will run from June 19 to 23, 2018.
Themed ‘Touching Lives; You First’, 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, would offer FirstBank employees the opportunity to give their time and resources in the service of humanity.
Executive management and staff of the bank are expected to deliver impactful career counseling sessions with secondary school students across the regions to inculcate financial literacy and inclusion in young students.
Asides this, the bank said it 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.
Also 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.
Speaking on the initiative, the managing director and chief executive of 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.