Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, through its Sustainability Centre, FirstBank Sustainability Centre (FSC) has partnered with the Lagos Business School to host a Sustainability workshop for SME practitioners in Nigeria. The objective of the workshop is to drive home the need for SME entrepreneurs to embed sustainable practices into their operations.
The two-day workshop, scheduled to start today from 9am to 5pm daily, will hold at the Lagos Business School – Km 22, Lekki-Epe Expressway Ajah, Lagos. It is designed to enlighten participants that sustainability is not just about the environment, but an important step towards an efficient business model that reduces waste, cuts costs and increases profit. It will be a veritable platform to discuss how sustainable practices can improve SME practitioners’ bottom line as well as elaborate on ways to assess and implement more sustainable business methods. The workshop will also explore various funding options that support sustainability & innovation in small businesses.
FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, describes the workshop as one of the Bank’s initiatives that aim to engage and support the business enterprises of its stakeholders towards ensuring optimum performance. “We believe that SMEs are at the heart of national development, contributing greatly to the gross domestic product (GDP) of our country.”
“As Nigeria’s leading SME bank, we are focused on empowering SMEs and SME entrepreneurs towards capacity building and development to contribute to the growth of our economy in providing employment to people, adding to our GDP and repositioning the national economy for sustained growth”, she says.
The Sustainability workshops for SMEs is a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiative of the FirstBank Sustainability Centre, established in collaboration with the Lagos Business School to create, disseminate and apply knowledge, build capacity and promote best practice in Sustainability in Nigeria.