Kenyan banking and financial sector players were on Wednesday recognized for their outstanding commitment to sustainable financial initiatives. This was during the 7th edition of the Sustainable Finance Catalyst Awards, convened by the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), which highlighted the industry’s dedication to creating lasting value for clients, firms, the economy and the environment.
Co-operative Bank of Kenya retained the overall title, having won it in 2022, for demonstrating outstanding commitment to sustainable financing, with Equity Bank Kenya, and Absa Bank Kenya coming in second and third.
In the category of Best in Sustainable Finance, Absa Bank Kenya emerged as the leader, followed by KCB Bank Kenya and Co-operative Bank of Kenya. These institutions were recognized for excelling in implementing sustainable financial strategies that not only benefit their clients but also contribute to the overall well-being of the economy.
Recognizing excellence in supporting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Equity Bank Kenya, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, and Kenya Women Microfinance Bank secured the top positions and were recognized for their efforts that have significantly contributed to the growth and sustainability of MSMEs in the country.
In the Commercial category, Co-operative Bank of Kenya led the way, followed by Equity Bank Kenya and African Banking Corporation. These institutions demonstrated exceptional performance in providing sustainable financial solutions to commercial enterprises.
Absa Bank Kenya, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, and Equity Bank Kenya received accolades for being the Best Banks in Operations. Their operational practices were recognized for not only demonstrating efficiency but also showing a clear dedication to sustainable and responsible banking.
Meanwhile, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Absa Bank Kenya, and Kenya Women Microfinance Bank were recognized as the leaders in promoting gender inclusivity. They were awarded for implementing initiatives that create an inclusive environment, fostering gender diversity and equality within the financial sector.
At the same time, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank, and Equity Bank Kenya took the lead in promoting accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). These institutions received recognition for implementing measures to ensure financial services are inclusive and accessible to everyone.
The Most Innovative Bank category saw Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Equity Bank Kenya, and Kenya Women Microfinance Bank secure top honors. These institutions have demonstrated groundbreaking approaches and initiatives that push the boundaries of innovation in the financial sector.
The Sustainable Finance Catalyst Awards not only honour achievements but also serve as a catalyst for the financial sector’s ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices. The recognitions come after a comprehensive review of banks’ entries early this month by an independent panel of judges.