BisB outlines three-year sustainability roadmap
TDT | Manama
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Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) has recently partnered with Sustainability Excellence, a leading provider of sustainability advisory and research firm in the Middle East specialising in sustainability reporting and ESG assessment services, to support instating the Bank’s ESG initiatives and plans.
Impact-driven player by 2023
After the formulation of a three-year sustainability roadmap, the Bank said it ultimately aims to position itself as a vital purpose and impact-driven player by 2023, all while benefitting from recognised ESG leadership and strengthening its dominant market position as the lender of choice in high sustainability impact sectors.
The strategy has implanted clearly defined Key Performance Indicators assigned to pivotal departments for every year of the strategic roadmap.
By the first quarter of 2022, the Bank plans to embed sustainability at the core of its business; establish an integrated management model, assign the requisite steering committees, and formulate a corporate governance model.
Besides, the Bank will also continue to raise awareness on sustainability practices and update the necessary internal policies accordingly, and determine initial areas of opportunity to further strengthen ESG-led actions, in the likes of exploring eco-friendly solutions and policies to reduce the carbon footprint of the Banks operations, as well as forming a policy to highlight the Bank’s commitment to promoting employee diversity and emerging as an equal opportunity employer.
To ensure the strategic vision of the roadmap is achieved, the strategy has been charted into clearly defined areas of focus and tactical pillars.
The first pillar, Responsible Banking, focuses on achieving sustainability-driven growth within BisB by contributing to driving a shift in markets towards sustainable finance, enhancing the ESG criteria in financing activities, and enhancing processes and policies on financial inclusion.
The remaining pillars tackle various stakeholder priorities, namely, improving the customer experience sustainably, nurturing the internal employee workforce, investing in the community, preserving natural resources, and finally, establishing ESG governance mechanisms and implementing ethical financial behaviour.
CSR platform Jood
Commenting, the Chief Executive of BisB, Hassan Jarrar, revealed, “With our CSR platform Jood, which was launched as a result of the Bank’s ethos of social innovation, we have consistently invested in the local community, leveraging on BisB’s full resources and capabilities to contribute to developing a future-ready workforce and ensuring generations to come are prepared to lead, all the while seeking to create sustainable change and leave a positive imprint on society.
This will continue to be a key focus area going forward.”
With a 93.4% Bahrainisation rate, BisB said it considers its people to be its most valued asset.
As part of the first leg of the Bank’s sustainability roadmap, BisB plans to continue to enhance its ability to attract and retain female, Bahraini talent in leadership roles, train an ESG team, and build internal expertise and capabilities in high impact sectors, consistently assessing ESG risks in financing and investment.