NBB starts ISO 14001 certification process

The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) is taking steps to get the ISO 14001 certification, which would help the organisation reduce its environmental impact.

The initiative is in line with the bank’s three-year sustainability roadmap, which has seen the bank take active efforts to reduce waste and the use of natural resources to minimise its direct environmental footprint.

And as a first step towards obtaining the certification, NBB has enlisted HA Consultancies to enhance their existing Environmental Management System (EMS) and align it with international standards, reflecting the bank’s commitment to ongoing ESG activities that fall under one of the seven key pillars of NBB’s sustainability framework; ‘Preserving Natural Resources’.

During the first half of the current year, the bank has reduced its direct environmental footprint with a 30 per cent year-on-year (YoY) reduction in energy consumption, a 20pc YoY reduction in water consumption, and a 45pc YoY reduction in paper consumption.

NBB Group chief human resources and sustainability officer Dana Buheji said: “As a sustainability leader in the banking sector in Bahrain and as a responsible corporate citizen, we at NBB strive to implement the best international practices in all our activities. We aim to live up to our brand promise of enriching the lives of generations by preserving natural resources for future denizens, reduce our operational costs in a sustainable manner and support the kingdom’s strategy to foster a thriving sustainable economy for years to come.”

HA Consultancies senior consultant and partner Munther Al Arayedh said: “ISO 14001 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems designed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to help businesses and other organisations reduce their environmental impact. This standard allows businesses to set up an EMS that will help them to reduce waste, improve resource efficiency and cut the cost of waste management. It gives us great pleasure to be able to contribute to NBB’s continuous endeavours to promote sustainability and lead by example as they shift their focus towards a more responsible method of operation.”


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