This particular initiative which involved the planting of trees across all 16 bank territories, was greeted with enthusiasm by the bank staff, as was evidenced by the number of them who attended the symbolic ceremony, undertaken in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Forestry, Mr. Trevor Thompson, Acting Chief Agriculture Officer stated; “the Ministry is very happy to partner with bank to plant these special trees in the Botanical Gardens, we are always willing to work with partners, especially within the private sector to advance the issue of proper land management on the whole. The trees will be well taken care of, to ensure that we have a healthy environment for present the future generations.” He concluded by thanking both the Tourism Authority and Forestry’s for enabling the collaboration with the bank.
CIBC FirstCaribbean Country Manager, Andre Cadogan who welcomed all and spoke to the significance of the event said; “this year we are celebrating our parent company CIBC’s 100th anniversary in the Caribbean. Though COVID continues to impact our ability to have any huge celebrations, we have still found some meaningful ways to mark the occasion in a safe manner across our 16 territories. The term “branch” by which we commonly refer to our various in-country service centres, is fitting as it has a synergy with the fact that we have chosen to commemorate the centenary milestone of our parent institution by this symbolic tree planting. Each sapling is a nod to those very first branches CIBC planted in the region back in 1920; but importantly, each one is a promise of life, of clean air and water, more stabilized hillsides and riverbanks, food security, assured habitat for birds – indeed, all the reasons why we, and the rest of the world, are responding to the threat of desertification and drought, with positive action, “ he concluded.
The bank continues to encourage its clients in the move towards paperless statements and the use of online services, such as mobile and internet banking, to assist in the elimination of paper based products traditionally used to facilitate banking services.