Republic Bank (Ghana) PLC joined Ghanaians to celebrate the National Tree Planting Day dubbed the ‘Green Ghana Day’ as part of the Government’s initiative to plant 20 million trees and in fulfilment of the Bank’s CSR under SDG-13 – Climate Action.
The tree planting exercise was done at the African Union (AU) Square where Republic Bank has adopted greening and beautification as part of its sustainable development goals.
Commenting on the tree planting exercise, Mr. Joseph L. Ashong, General Manager of Commercial and Retail Banking explained that Republic Bank as a corporate entity is deeply concerned about the environment and climate change issues. “In 2020 our parent company, Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) signed on to the UN Principles of Responsible Banking and one of the key SDG areas Republic Bank signed up to is SDG 13 – Climate Action, to contribute its quota to environmental sustainability issues,” he said.
We are aware of the benefits that come with greening and that makes us passionate about this project of tree planting and greening as a remedy to save our climate and our world, Mr Ashong added.
“As a Bank, we believe in protecting lives and influencing the communities we serve. We do this through what we call the Power to Make a Difference (PMAD), which is a focal part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We recently adopted the AU Square for greening and beautification as a sign of our commitment to keeping our environment green, safe and fresh,” Mr. Ashong further added.
The Metro Director for Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA), Mr. Daniel Kingsford Adams who was present at the tree planting exercise expounded on the benefits of tree planting and greening. According to Mr. Adams, tree planting has become crucial and Republic Bank’s gesture of adopting one of the Green areas within the capital is a laudable gesture that requires commendation. He assisted Mr Ashong to plant a number of trees within AU Square.
Present at the tree planting exercise at the AU Square were Mr Tetteh Mamah, Head, Human Resources, Republic Bank and Mrs Genevieve Aboney, Manager, Marketing and Communications who also planted trees in fulfilment of the National Green Ghana Day agenda. In support of the exercise were members of staff from Republic Bank and the project partners from Mullen Lowe.