On Saturday 27th March, Bank of Valletta joined other organisations and individuals around the world by symbolically switching off the lights to create awareness for a greener planet. This year, however, BOV employees took Earth Hour beyond its allotted 60 minutes.
The Bank launched an internal ‘Go Beyond The Hour’ campaign encouraging staff members to take-up a green stance in their daily routine, be it at the office, at home or outside. Employees enthusiastically took to the challenge, completing various environment friendly tasks, involving family members in the process.
“Earth Hour is more than just a symbolic gesture, it is another component of a green agenda set out to collectively safeguard our planet,” stated Charles Azzopardi, Executive PR & Marketing at Bank of Valletta. He emphasised the Bank’s vision in aligning to an ESG framework aimed at fulfilling various UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). “Through this initiative our employees once again conveyed a strong message about our drive towards the SDGs for climate action, cleaner oceans and a sustainable life on land.”
From balcony gardens to growing food from vegetable scraps and games and decorations from recycled material, the concept of reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle featured high in the final outcome. The winners of this challenge, Rodianne Farrugia, Pamela Lia and Grace Bellia, will be donating their prize to their favourite green causes - Żibel, Saġġar and Nature Trust Malta.
“There is so much more we can do on a regular basis to better connect to earth,” declared Rodianne Farrugia, one of the BOV employees who participated in this green challenge. “We can be so creative in how we can protect the environment. Creating awareness is valuable, but actions speak louder than words - be it recycling, beach clean-up, cycling to work, re-using old materials to create decorations - the important thing is to start acting now!”
Bank of Valletta thanks its employees and all the local green organisations for their continuous commitment to ensure a greener and more sustainable earth.
Issued by Bank of Valletta p.l.c., 58, Triq San Zakkarija, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1130. Bank of Valletta p.l.c. is a public limited company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out the business of banking in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371 of the Laws of Malta).