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LBS, Stanbic IBTC advocate sustainable practices in corporate organisations

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The Lagos Business School and Stanbic IBTC Holdings have reiterated the need for businesses to embrace initiatives that promote environmental sustainability.

The charge was made during the presentation of a case study on the Holding Company’s Environmental, Social & Governance initiatives at the LBS campus in Ajah, Lagos.

The case study, titled ‘Beyond the Buzzwords: Concrete Sustainability Measures in Corporate Strategy,’ was authored by Chris Ogbechie, a professor and dean of the Lagos Business School, and Segun Jones, the lead of the LBS Management Hub.

It was presented during a joint session to participants of the Owner-Manager Programme of the Lagos Business School and the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.

During his presentation, Ogbechie underscored the vital importance of sustainability for every corporate organisation’s existence.

According to him, the success of any business entity no longer consists of merely revenue targets, but in its efforts to promote environmental sustainability.

He said, “Sustainability is a headache that is keeping many CEOs awake today. In Nigeria, climate change is a big risk, causing us headache because we are facing what we call a food crisis, driven by climate change.

“In all businesses, we must think of climate change. We must think of sustainability. We must think of how to preserve the environment. There is an adage that says that we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it. When you borrow something, you must preserve it so that our children can have a better life.”

On his part, Demola Sogunle, the chief executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, highlighted the company’s continued focus on adopting its ESG benchmark.

Sogunle emphasised that the company’s sustainability initiatives are designed to align with global best practices and recommendations.

He further stated that pursuant to its sustainability roadmap, the company had planted 43,928 trees in the last three years, and plans to hit the 100,000 benchmark by 2025.

Commenting further on the case study, Sogunle said, “Our motivation stems from our top leadership’s recognition of the critical interdependence between Stanbic IBTC’s success and the welfare of the communities we serve. As market leaders in various sectors, and with the substantial trust placed in our Group, we have embraced sustainability in all its facets. We have set ambitious targets for ourselves, and based on our current progress, we are confident in our ability to achieve these goals.”

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, has diverse environmental problems such as air pollution, water pollution, oil spillages, deforestation, desertification, erosion, and flooding.

In 2022, devastating levels of flood affected 3.2 million people, with over 600 lives lost, 100,000 people displaced, and over 300 hectares of farmland destroyed.

At the global climate conference — COP27, former minister of environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, lamented that the country lacks the public finance required to fund energy transitions and climate action.

Despite experiencing the effects of climate change, experts have expressed worry that adopting a net zero strategy to curb carbon emissions is still largely viewed as a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must have.’

With the current economic austerity in the country, less priority has been placed on environmental commitments by both governments and businesses whose primary focus is economic growth, profit generation, and cost savings.

By undertaking initiatives to protect the environment, Stanbic IBTC hopes to support the government’s sustainability initiatives and also inspire other corporate organisations to prioritise environmental conservation.