Heritage Bank has once again proved that it is a financial institution in Nigeria that many will strive to emulate, as evidenced by the lender’s receipt of five separate accolades at two prominent award events.
The bank, which prides itself on being Nigeria’s most creative banking service provider, was the center of attention at both the 2021 Human Resource (HR) People Magazine Awards and the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria’s (FICAN) 30th-Anniversary Conference and Awards.
The company received the HR Champion Award (for the MD/CEO and COO), the Most Outstanding Engagement Strategy for Over 1000 Employees, and the HR Leader Award (for Heads of HR).
It was also recognized at FICAN, where Platinum Awards were given to the MD/CEO, Mr Ifie Sekibo, and Heritage Bank for Outstanding Support for FICAN and Financial Reporting.
The bank also received significant honors in acknowledgment of its Human Capital Development (HCM) leadership for putting employees first and ensuring that its people management and engagement methods are second to none, as well as in celebration of its MD/leadership CEO’s style.
In addition, the bank was recognized for Outstanding Support for Financial Reporting in Nigeria.
Heritage Bank was participating in such an event for the first time as an HR practitioner, and the financial institution had the option to enter three award categories.
Over 20 well-known businesses from various industry sectors were also stated to have competed in the multiple hotly contested award categories, which included all aspects of people management and development. Despite stiff competition and a thorough screening process, Heritage Bank emerged as the winner of a slew of prizes.
Ms Abike Wesey, Divisional Head, Human Capital Management, commented on the awards, thanking the organisers for believing in Heritage Bank and the bank’s leadership for their commitment to employee welfare.
“We are overjoyed to have earned this honor and are tremendously grateful to Executive Management for providing us the wings to fly and for always being open to listen.”
“It was a remarkable moment for us, as we strutted up the dais, heads held high and proud, amidst cheers and accolades from the HR community, which was well represented at the event; especially in an event of such calibre, being recognized in a gathering of doyens & captains of Industries for our exceptional accomplishments in a widely acclaimed, challenging year – it was definitely no small feat,” Ms Wesey said.
“The award and commendations go a long way toward demonstrating that our people management and engagement initiatives are genuinely working, and we are dedicated to doing more in our world to keep the Heritage flag flying,” she says. We relate with our Heritage since winning is in our blood.”
Because of its procedure and organization, the HR Awards are one-of-a-kind. The winners are normally unknown to the organizers until the day of the event, when the results are presented by category and award entries are made on a unique website – comparable to none in West Africa.
The judges are respected and notable former HR chiefs from five different countries and industries, with cutting-edge experience, who judge the contestants on global best practices.