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    Union Bank Trains Primary School Pupils in Upcycling

    Union Bank of Nigeria Plc says it educated 500 primary school pupils in Lagos State on the benefits of upcycling to the environment.
    The bank said in a statement that the training was part of its efforts to positively impact its host communities.

    The statement said the bank joined governments, organisations and individuals across the world to mark the World Environment Day.
    Quoting a statement by the United Nations, the bank said the World Environment Day was introduced in 1974 to facilitate awareness and encourage action across the world for the protection of the environment.
    The lender said it played its part by organising educative training workshops on upcycling for primary school pupils in Lagos State.

    “Union Bank is committed to being a champion for sustainable business practices and the move from a traditional linear economy to a circular economy. Upcycling, a process of converting waste materials into new materials or products of greater use, encourages the extraction of the maximum value from resources by reuse, and is an important pillar of a circular economy,” the statement said.
    It said over 50 of the bank’s employees volunteered to facilitate the workshops, which impacted about 500 pupils in Lagos.

    It added that the students were educated on the importance of preserving the environment and taught how to convert polyethylene terephthalate bottles into pencil cases.
    The Head, Corporate Communications and Marketing, Union Bank, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, said the bank was committed to being recognised as a sustainability champion and a socially responsible bank.
    She said the bank was deploying latest technology for eco-efficiency and development of new processes to ensure accountability across the value chain.

    Ekezie-Ekaidem said, “We will play a more active role in driving the development and long-term sustainability of our immediate and larger societies while continuing to be responsive to our stakeholders’ expectations of accountability and growth. With these workshops, we are teaching the next generation to also have a sustainability mindset.”
    She stated that the bank’s dedication to local communities and contribution to social development had necessitated the investment in talent and education, citizenship, sustainability and innovation.

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