Corporate Social Responsibility at Rawbank
RAWBANK is involved in the social life in the DRC; whether through the promotion of cultural and artistic activities or by supporting associations that work for the well-being of the Congolese population and for respect of the environment and nature. The bank has intervened and is involved in several projects, some of which are detailed here as examples.
With the aim of eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring the prosperity of all human beings, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched by the United Nations at the end of 2015. To respond to this call and achieve the vision of this universal roadmap, a real movement has been set up, hence the creation of the Global Compact in July 2000 by Mr Koffi ANAN; inviting companies to adopt the universal principles and to partner with the United Nations (UN) to tackle major issues.
The Global Compact has become synonymous with corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Since September 2017, Global Compact has been officially launched in the DRC. RAWBANK joined at the same time, this initiative which encourages companies to adopt, support and apply, within their sphere of influence, a set of fundamental values in the fields of human rights, labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption.
Global Compact helps companies to pre-assess, define, implement, measure, communicate on CSR strategies and develop their knowledge of the ten principles of the Global Compact.
Companies are called upon to contribute to these MDGs by acting responsibly and taking advantage of the investment and innovation opportunities offered. These 17 ODDs therefore define the new CSR vision within RAWBANK.
By capitalizing on all aspects of CSR and SDOs in its various activities and/or interventions, it contributes significantly to the achievement of these objectives and affirms its civic identity as a responsible and profitable bank, as well as its commitment to local development.
For the year 2019, RAWBANK is therefore focusing on 5 ODDs, which are:
- ODD 1: NO POVERTY
- ODD 1: NO POVERTY
- ODD 4: QUALITY EDUCATION
- ODD 5: GENDER EQUALITY
- ODD 5: GENDER EQUALITY
In November 2017, RAWBANK had to present its contribution to the achievement of the Democratic Republic of Congo's sustainable development objectives during its participation in COP23 held in the city of Bonn (Germany).
On 14 September 2018, RAWBANK published its very first COP (Communication On Progress) on the Global Compact website in which it presented the various advances in the fields of CSR (human rights, labour standards, environment, anti-corruption) made. RAWBANK intends to publish, by 2019, the achievements concerning the 5 ODDs on which it is positioned.
Where does the bank come from and where does the bank go?
Created in 2002 with great ambitions, namely to become the best bank in the DRC and a well-known African bank, Rawbank is developing with a corporate project that reflects an active progress strategy. Today, RAWBANK is positioning itself as a strong financial institution and consolidating its banking leadership in the DRC.
Rawbank is there to continue to bring added value to the Congolese economy and best serve all segments of the country's banking customers.
Organized from February 15 to 17, 2019, the 6th edition of the Amani Festival took place in GOMA.
This international festival, which promotes peace in the Great Lakes region, is a major regional cultural event based on four values: environment, building together, entrepreneurship and selflessness.
As an official sponsor of the Amani Festival, Rawbank once again accompanied the organizers of this cultural gathering this year. A very successful event with more than 35,000 festival-goers, the focus was particularly on "the theme related to the involvement of women and girls in reconciliation and peace-building".
In addition to music and dance, festival-goers were invited to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit. Rawbank, official sponsor for the 3rd time of the AMANI Festival, was appointed as one of the members of the Amani Entrepreneurs jury and awarded a special prize of USD 1,000 (US dollars thousand) to the winning project KIBIBON, a solar energy station with a canister as its support. It also presented two winning cheques from the EKIDEN marathon and carried out the work to renovate the stands at Mwanga College to help rehabilitate this school.
RAWBANK, the leading banking institution in the DRC, is committed to achieving the country's sustainable development objectives and to the fight against climate change. It has actively participated in the pilot incubator of the 1 billion trees for climate 2023 initiative. The RAWBANK delegation led by its General Manager, Mr Thierry Taeymans, carried out an important activity of sowing plant seeds in a nursery prepared for this purpose.
For Mr Taeymans: "RAWBANK is committed to the sustainable development of the DRC. It is ready to support this large-scale initiative, which is for the well-being of the Congolese people in general. Through this action, the bank has sent a strong signal regarding climate issues in the DRC and around the world. "RAWBANK wanted to support this initiative, in order to encourage their workforces to become aware of the personal involvement of all for the improvement of the climate. We also encourage other companies to follow our steps. "said Mrs. Mamie Lukusa, RAWBANK's CSR Coordinator. By actively engaging in climate change, RAWBANK affirms its leadership in improving the living conditions of Congolese people.
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