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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

During the last Christmas holidays, employees of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) further showed their golden hearts to a Lagos-based non- profit organisation, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), by donating funds to support its initiatives.

This was part of the local bourse’s Employee Give-Back initiative, a scheme designed to encourage workers to make a positive impact in their communities whilst providing them with hands-on experience and learning opportunities on issues that plague the society.

The donation to WARIF builds on the longstanding tradition of donating money, food items and volunteering time by NSE employees in their bid to make a positive impact in the society.

Prior to this donation, NSE employees participated in the WARIF No tolerance for rape walk, which was held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in commemoration of the United Nations ‘16 Days of Activism’ for Gender-Based Violence.

Head of Corporate Communications at NSE, Mr Olumide Orojimi, while presenting the donation to WARIF, stated that, “Giving back by volunteering our time, donating money and other essentials is at the core of our culture at the NSE.

“In addition, we believe that promoting gender equality and diversity is a critical success factor for global economic prosperity.

“At the exchange, we champion an organisational culture that promotes diversity and inclusion as well as the wellbeing and development of all employees through the implementation of gender friendly policies.”

Over the years, NSE employees have raised funds for worthy causes. During the 2018 Easter celebrations, members of staff of the exchange donated money to fund medical bills for 10 children in SOS Children’s Village, Lagos.

In 2017, they donated various food and household items to charities across the country including The Lagos Food Bank Initiative, Agege, Lagos, Total Parental Guidance Orphanage, Ibadan, Oyo State and Christian Relief Fund Motherless Babies Home, Obosi, Anambra State, all selected based on employees’ nomination and were selected via a random ballot system.

The exchange continues to build a thriving capital market by championing sustainability along four key impact areas of Marketplace, its platform for promoting market-based approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) imperatives; Community, where the NSE makes contributions to positively impact lives; Workplace, through which the Exchange facilitates diversity, wellbeing and harnesses the talents and skills of its people; and the Environment as it focuses on reducing its environmental impact.

The latest beneficiary of these gestures, WARIF, was established in 2016 in response to the high incidence of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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