Stanbic Gave Out Ksh 76 Million To Over 400 Green SMEs

by Business Watch Team

Stanbic has affirmed its commitment to ensuring a just transition for clients and the community through financing solutions that enable climate adaptation and mitigation sustainably and inclusively. This is in addition to capacity building, partnerships, and grants for key initiatives in education, health, and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Joshua Oigara, Chief Executive Stanbic Kenya and South Sudan said, “We continue to center our strategic priorities on growth drivers that are sustainable and beneficial for our people, clients, and the entire environmental ecosystem. Through sustainable financing and strategic partnerships, we continue to implement market-specific solutions that drive inclusion, social, economic growth, and environmental (SEE) stewardship.

Stanbic Bank’s strides in green financing in the past year point to a clear focus to channel funds and expertise towards projects and solutions that will have a positive impact on our economy for generations while preserving the environment for future generations. The bank has put in place frameworks and governance structures to ensure accountability and transparency in our operations, which is key for sustainability.

As part of its sustainability aspirations, Stanbic has identified some key impact areas and set goals for the next 3 years, with green financing representing 10% of the total book by December 2023, ensuring 30% of procurement spend is allocated to marginalized groups (women, youth, SMEs) by 2025 and setting up a climate risk framework place by August 2023.

William Khamasi, Stanbic Head of Sustainability said, “We continue to deploy tools, systems, and capabilities to drive sustainability, mitigate risk and create sustainable value for our clients, partners, shareholders, and community. Aligned with our purpose to drive growth in Kenya and South Sudan, we are well equipped to contribute to several sustainable development goals (SDG) priorities through funding, capacity building, and innovation. Climate change remains a key focus area and we will continue to work with our stakeholders to support green projects and the blue economy.”

In the 2022 Sustainability Report, Stanbic Holdings details how the Group and its subsidiaries are approaching sustainability and highlight progress and performance for the financial year 2022 in Kenya and South Sudan.  The sustainability projects focus on the three ESG pillars: social, economic, and environmental.

Some achievements include:

  • 959 MSMEs trained through the GIZ/SKF MSE resilience program. Of these, 437 beneficiaries received a total of Ksh 24.84 million.
  • Ksh 76 million in grants and catalytic funding disbursed to over 400 MSMEs.
  • A multi-year partnership between Stanbic and the NBA (National Basketball Association) to launch the first Jr. NBA League in South Sudan. The NBA program has empowered and supported the youth in fulfilling their dreams by providing platforms and opportunities.
  • A Primary School Feeding Program where 1,200 students were fed daily from July 2022 with 115,000+ meals served.
  • Ksh 5.98 million spent on health care initiatives (cancer screening) in 2022. Through the program, 25,604 total beneficiaries were screened across 10 counties.
  • Ksh 15 billion channeled towards sustainable infrastructure.
  • Attained more than 50% female representation in the current leadership council.
  • Accelerated access to trade finance solutions to the value of Ksh 76.4 billion.

As part of the event, Stanbic also awarded nine winners under 3rd cohort of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and Stanbic Kenya Foundation (SKF) Grant Fund, who will receive a total of USD 450,000. Under the Accelerate Program Stanbic continues to provide funds (grants) and access to markets to position Kenyan businesses for success while addressing the skills gap in the country by boosting entrepreneurship and employability of citizens.

Stanbic has seven impact focus areas under its SEE Framework, aligned to the UN SDGs. During the event, Stanbic Holdings Limited signed on to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. The bank expressed its commitment to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations of its organization. This adds to the bank’s voluntary global standards which include UN Principles for Responsible Banking, Equator Principles, the UN Women He4She initiative, Sourcing2Equal Kenya (S2E), UN WEP, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

“Stanbic’s E&S risk management processes are based on international best practice and aligned to the requirements of the Equator Principles, the IFC Performance Standards, the Principles for Responsible Banking, and the Guidance on Climate-Related Management issued by the Central Bank of Kenya. To measure and disclose climate-related risks and opportunities, Stanbic has adopted a metrics methodology that aligns with industry best practices and incorporates the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), William added.

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