BHD León, Access Bank Honored for Gender Equity, Women’s Economic Empowerment

Wednesday 7th February 2018

GBA members are dedicated to helping women reach their economic potential, and two of our banks have recently been recognized for their key roles in these efforts.

Banco BHD León Igualando RDBanco BHD León in the Dominican Republic this year became the first organization in the country to receive an Igualando RD Certification from the Women’s Ministry. The bank’s Mujer Mujer program, in place since 2015, has positioned BHD León as the go-to bank for women in the Dominican Republic. The bank’s strong internal diversity and inclusion policies were part of the evaluation to qualify the bank to receive this classification, which was developed by the country’s Women’s Ministry with support from UN Women. BHD León was awarded the highest possible level, a Gold certification, based on the following criteria:


  1. Leadership and Organization
  2. Work Life Balance
  3. Recruitment processes
  4. Profesional Development
  5. Compensation
  6. Work environment and quality of life
  7. Moral and Sexual Harassment policy and procedures
  8. Communication

Access Bank Women Empowerment AwardNigeria’s Access Bank recently received an award from the country’s central bank for Excellence in Women’s Economic Empowerment, alongside three other awards for sustainability – including Sustainable Bank of the Year. The honors were given at the inaugural Central Bank of Nigeria Sustainable Banking Awards. One of the five biggest banks in Nigeria, Access Bank rolled out its W Initiative in 2014 and has received numerous national and international recognitions for its financial products and non-financial services for women since then.

Congratulations to both these outstanding banks for their honors.