Middle East: Country category winners
The banks in each market that have excelled across a range of core banking activities over the past 12 months.
Corporate banking: Al Salam Bank
CSR: National Bank of Bahrain
National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) allocated a total of BD4.1 million ($10.9 million) to community investment in 2021, with a focus on key partnerships and sponsorships. It wins the award for corporate social responsibility in Bahrain this year.
In January 2022, the bank launched its Education Finance programme – providing a financing solution to manage educational expenses at various academic levels – and developed partnerships with the American University of Bahrain and the British University of Bahrain. The bank invested in Al Hekma International School’s Economics and Career Education initiative, collaborated with Bahrain FinTech Bay to launch a digital banking challenge and partnered with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs’ Lamea Programme to empower the nation’s youth and equip them with leadership skills.
The bank also signed an agreement with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance to offer training opportunities for top graduates and held a ‘Career Compass’ youth guidance and training programme with youth organization AIESEC.