Gender parity: Stanbic IBTC reiterates equal opportunity credential

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Stanbic IBTC has pledged to continue to advance the cause of its women workforce as it strengthens its equal opportunity policy. This pledge was made at the 2018 Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network (BWN) event in Lagos to commemorate the International Women’s Day, themed “Press for Progress”. According to the financial institution, women constitute over 42% of its workforce.

The Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr Yinka Sanni, in his opening speech at the BWN event, said Stanbic IBTC has shown, through its women-rich leadership, that it is indeed an equal opportunity employer. “I am pleased to note that our female colleagues continue to rise up to leadership roles across the Group,” Sanni said. According to the CE, “Stanbic IBTC remains an equal opportunity organisation where anyone can attain heights that their education, talent, performance, leadership, skill, experience and determination can take them.” Such attainment is generally a function of ability and preparedness, he added.

The Stanbic IBTC Blue Women Network is a platform established to provide the women in Stanbic IBTC the opportunity to engage and share knowledge among themselves and in the process gain new insights that will enhance their professional skills. The platform is also expected to support their all-round growth through information sharing, best practice and mentorship to help develop their leadership skills and advance their career prospects.

The event had two panel sessions where practical steps women needed to take to press for progress were discussed. Mentorship and support among women resonated among participants at the event. According to the panellists, who were drawn from within the Stanbic IBTC Group, knowledge and experience transfer through mentorship is imperative if the younger female members are to appropriately channel their talents and skills in a way to maximise opportunities for leadership and growth.

In her opening speech as chairperson of BWN, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Trustees, Binta Max-Gbinije, said women have a responsibility to ensure relevance in their sphere of influence. She said she was proud that Stanbic IBTC is a shining example of an equal opportunity employer, and that women who occupy very strategic roles in Stanbic IBTC continue to fly the flag admirably. She, therefore, encouraged the women to take advantage of this to aspire to leadership positions in their various business segments and across the Stanbic IBTC Group.

The 2018 Edition of the Blue Women Network Magazine was officially unveiled at the well-attended event. The BWN is an initiative of Stanbic IBTC – with a focus on deliberately driving career growth and development of Stanbic IBTC women.

Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC is a full service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. Standard Bank Group, to which Stanbic IBTC Holdings belongs, is the largest African Bank by assets and market capitalization. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa. Standard Bank has been in operation for over 154 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institution in chosen countries in Africa and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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