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A Model of Excellence

Equity Bank's business model has attracted both local and international recognition. On many occasions the Bank has been invited to various international forums and bodies to share on its successes. Equity has also become a hub of other institutions worldwide keen on learning and exchanging insights on the Equity model of extending financial services to the low income segment and the un-banked population.

A number of international luminaries have paid a courtesy call on Equity Bank on their mission to study poverty reduction initiatives in Africa. Among the dignitaries who have visited us are UN Advisor HRH Princess Maxima of Netherlands, former UN First Lady Nane Annan, CGAP President Elizabeth LittleField, WWB President Nancy Barry and Melinda French Gates.                

Kenyan Shillings
2016
Africa’s Best Bank

Africa’s Best Bank

Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2016

Africa’s Best Bank

 

2016
  Kenya’s Best Bank

Kenya’s Best Bank

Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2016

Kenya’s Best Bank

2016
Africa’s Best Bank for SMEs

Africa’s Best Bank for SMEs

Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2016

Africa’s Best Bank for SMEs

 

2016
Case Study on Bank Operations- 3rd place

Case Study on Bank Operations- 3rd place

Catalyst Awards 2016

Case Study on Bank Operations- 3rd place

2016
 Best Practice in Sustainable Finance-3rd place

Best Practice in Sustainable Finance-3rd place

Catalyst Awards 2016

Best Practice in Sustainable Finance-3rd place

2016
Best Bank in Mobile Banking-2nd Runners Up

Best Bank in Mobile Banking-2nd Runners Up

Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Mobile Banking-2nd Runners Up

2016
Fastest Growing Bank-2nd Runners Up

Fastest Growing Bank-2nd Runners Up

Think Business Awards 2016

Fastest Growing Bank-2nd Runners Up

2016
Best Bank in Customer Satisfaction-1st Runners Up

Best Bank in Customer Satisfaction-1st Runners Up

Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Customer Satisfaction-1st Runners Up

2016
Best Bank in Asset Finance- 1st Runners Up

Best Bank in Asset Finance- 1st Runners Up

 Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Asset Finance- 1st Runners Up

2016
Best Bank in Internet Banking- 1st Runner Up

Best Bank in Internet Banking- 1st Runner Up

Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Internet Banking- 1st Runner Up

2016
Best Bank in Mortgage Finance-1st Runners Up

Best Bank in Mortgage Finance-1st Runners Up

Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Mortgage Finance-1st Runners Up

2016
 Overall Best Bank in Kenya

Overall Best Bank in Kenya

 Think Business Awards 2016

 Overall Best Bank in Kenya

2016
Best Bank in Product Marketing-1st Runner Up

Best Bank in Product Marketing-1st Runner Up

 Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Product Marketing-1st Runner Up

2016
Winner Best Bank Tier 1

Winner Best Bank Tier 1

Think Business Awards 2016

Winner Best Bank Tier 1

2016
Best Bank in Retail Banking

Best Bank in Retail Banking

 Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Retail Banking

2016
Best Bank in Micro-Finance

Best Bank in Micro-Finance

Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Micro-Finance

2016
Best Bank in Agency Banking

Best Bank in Agency Banking

Think Business Awards 2016

Best Bank in Agency Banking

2016
The Banker Top 1000 World Banks

The Banker Top 1000 World Banks

 The Banker

 Fastest Growing Large Bank in Africa 2016

 

2016
Excellent Financial Reporting Standards- 1st Runners Up

Excellent Financial Reporting Standards- 1st Runners Up

Fire Awards

IFRS Category for excellent Financial Reporting Standards- 1st Runners Up

 

 
 
2016
Best Performing Broker in Africa

Best Performing Broker in Africa

Ai AfricaInvestor 2016

Equity Investment Bank/Exotix Partners- Best Performing Broker in Africa

 

 

2016
  Most Innovative Bank

Most Innovative Bank

The Banker Awards 2016

Most Innovative Bank

 

2016
 Best Mobile Banking Service

Best Mobile Banking Service

 The Banker Awards 2016

 Best Mobile Banking Service

 

2015
Social Media Awards (SoMA)-Corporate category

Social Media Awards (SoMA)-Corporate category

Eyeballs Media 

Using social media platforms for economic development while adding value to audiences through social media

2015
Best Bank (Tier 1)

Best Bank (Tier 1)

Think Business

Overall performance in the market

2015
Best Bank in SME banking

Best Bank in SME banking

Think Business

Supporting the rapidly growing SME sector as a key segment in wealth and job creation.

2015
Best Bank in Retail Banking

Best Bank in Retail Banking

Think Business

Supporting the Bank’s principal market-the formerly unbanked, to generate wealth

2015
Best Bank in Agency Banking

Best Bank in Agency Banking

Think Business

Increased and convenient access to financial services through the agency model

2015
Corporate Banker of the Year

Corporate Banker of the Year

Think Business

Provision of services and products tailored to best serve corporate clients and market

 

2015
Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility

Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility

Think Business

Supporting society through initiatives geared towards doing good while doing well

 

2015
Bank with Lowest Charge

Bank with Lowest Charge

Think Business

Providing banking services at affordable pricing

2014
Best Bank in East Africa

Best Bank in East Africa

Think Business Award for commitment and dedication to the course of social economic transformation of East Africans.

2014
The bank with the lowest charges

The bank with the lowest charges

Think Business Award for providing banking services at affordable pricing.

 

2014
Best Bank in product marketing for Bebapay

Best Bank in product marketing for Bebapay

Think Business award for launching a payment solution for commuters in partnership with Google as the country moves towards a cash light system

 

Nov, 2013
Chairman of the Year Award 2013

Chairman of the Year Award 2013

Equity Bank Group Chairman Peter Munga was named Chairman of the Year during the 4th edition of the annual Capital Markets Awards. Munga was celebrated for laying the vision that became Equity Bank and promoting inclusivity in the financial sector.

Nov, 2013
2013 Distinguished Tax Payer

2013 Distinguished Tax Payer

Equity Bank was recognized among Kenya’s Top Tax Payers 2013 by Kenya Revenue Authority: 2013 Distinguished Tax Payer, Top Ten Category. The Bank is committed to continue upholding the highest standards of corporate governance and to make a contribution in building the nation.

Apr, 2013
Best Bank in Kenya in terms of Customer Deposits

Best Bank in Kenya in terms of Customer Deposits

Equity Bank was voted the best bank in Kenya in terms of customer deposits among banks with a deposit base of over Ksh 75 billion from a survey conducted by accounting and consulting firm RSM Ashvir. The banks were ranked based on various assessment faculties which included customer experience, branch network, social impact, risk management and governance for the year ended 31st December 2012.

Oct, 2013
African Business Leader of the Year

African Business Leader of the Year

Dr. James Mwangi was awarded the African Business Leader of the Year by Africa Investor. Dr Mwangi has joined a Pan African initiative that promotes private sector participation in infrastructure and intra-African investment. The Pan African initiative brings together over 150 of the continent's most influential business and government leaders. The award is given to the business leader whose organization is well-run with financial results increasing year on year, and embracing innovation, and model corporate citizen.

Apr, 2013
Think Business Banking Awards

Think Business Banking Awards

Equity Bank was voted the Best Bank in Kenya 2013 during the 8th edition of the Think Business Banking Awards. The Bank also bagged the Best Bank in Kenya Tier 1 (banks with an asset base exceeding Ksh 150 billion) and Bank with Lowest Charges during the annual awards. The Banking Awards recognize and reward best practices in the banking industry based on various parameters including customer service, innovation and reach.

Nov, 2012
Forbes Africa Person of the Year

Forbes Africa Person of the Year

Dr. James Mwangi was named the 'Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2012' at the prestigious Porsche Centre in Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Mwangi won the award ahead of five finalists who included Aliko Dangote, Founder and President, Dangote Group and Joyce Banda the President of Malawi.

Sept, 2012
East Africa Business Leader

East Africa Business Leader

Equity Bank CEO Dr James Mwangi was crowned the East African Business Leader by CNBC Africa in South Africa. The Award recognizes African business leaders who have made a qualitative and quantitative difference to the companies, industries and communities that they serve. On receiving the award, Dr Mwangi said, "I am honoured to receive this award ... This award represents all Africans who are working hard to improve their livelihoods and those of their communities."

June, 2012
Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year

Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year

Equity Bank CEO & Managing Director Dr. James Mwangi was named 2012 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony held in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Dr. Mwangi was picked from among the 59 country finalists shortlisted for the title across 51 countries. With the win, Dr. Mwangi became the first business leader from Sub-Saharan Africa to win this prestigious award. He was also among the finalists who were inducted to the Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame and the World Entrepreneurship Academy.

June, 2012
Best Managed Company in Africa Award

Best Managed Company in Africa Award

Equity Bank won the Best Managed Company in Africa award conferred by Euromoney magazine. The voice of international capital markets, announced its results of 'Best Managed Companies in Africa' based on a survey of market analysts at leading banks and research institutes in Africa. The Bank won the award on a strong brand pull, regional footprint and corporate governance.

June, 2012
Most Innovative Bank in Africa Award

Most Innovative Bank in Africa Award

Equity Bank won the Most Innovative Bank in Africa Award at the African Bankers Awards held in Arusha. The annual awards reward outstanding talent and achievement in Africa's financial sector. Equity Bank staved off competition from three other nominees in the category including Nigeria's Access Bank and FirstBank. The African Banker Awards are organized by African Banker magazine, IC Events and Business in Africa Events to celebrate excellence and best practices in African banking and finance.

June, 2012
Life Achievement Award

Life Achievement Award

Equity Bank CEO Dr James Mwangi was honoured with the Life Achievement Award at the Banking Awards for his contribution to the banking industry; more so for his role and efforts in financial inclusion for previously unbanked citizenry.

Apr, 2012
Best Bank in Kenya

Best Bank in Kenya

Equity Bank was named the Best Bank in Kenya and also received the Best Bank (tier 1) and the Best Bank in Microfinance awards at the Banking Awards 2012.

Nov, 2011
Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals

Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals

Equity Bank was named by Africa Investor as the 2011 winner of the Best Initiative in Support of SMEs and the Millennium Development Goals.

Sept, 2011
Equity Bank is recognized a New Sustainability Champion

Equity Bank is recognized a New Sustainability Champion

Equity Bank Group has been listed as one of the 16 global emerging Markets New Sustainability Champions by a World Economic Forum Report in 2011. Titled: Redefining the Future of Growth: The New Sustainability Champions, the World Economic Forum lists Equity Bank as the only financial service provider in the Emerging markets covering India, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa, China, Philippines and Costa Rica which meets the threshold of sustainability based on a criteria covering, innovation, growth and corporate sustainability.

Sept, 2011
African Banker of the Year

African Banker of the Year

Equity Bank Chief Executive Officer Dr. James Mwangi has been named the African Banker of the Year for the second year running at the 2011 African Banker Awards in Washington D.C. Speaking after receiving the accolade, Dr. Mwangi pledged to further step up his efforts to ensure financial inclusivity for the unbanked masses as his tribute for the coveted award.

Sept, 2011
EBL lauded at Clinton Global Initiative

EBL lauded at Clinton Global Initiative

Equity Bank has been lauded for extending financial services to the informal sector in a model singled out by leaders attending the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting. Panelists and speakers attending the 2011 CGI Mega Cities, Mega Challenges session noted that Equity Bank’s model which is geared at ensuring financial inclusivity for the unbanked has revolutionized banking in Kenya.

Oct, 2010
African Banker of the Year

African Banker of the Year

Dr. James Mwangi MD and CEO of Kenya's Equity Bank has been voted as the African Banker of the year at the 2010 African Banker Awards. The winners were announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC on Friday, 8 October 2010. He was cited for revolutionising Kenya's banking industry, pioneering the first mobile banking technology in the world to reach out to the unbanked, and for championing the empowerment of ordinary people through inclusive finance.

Jan, 2010
CEO Top 50 Emerging Market Business Leaders

CEO Top 50 Emerging Market Business Leaders

The Financial Times of London named Equity Bank’s CEO Dr. James Mwangi as one of the top 50 emerging market business leaders. Mr. Mwangi was named alongside Mr. Atul Shah, Kenya's Nakumatt Holdings MD, with other business leaders from the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and other emerging market economies. The Chief Executive was named as one among 50 emerging market business leaders by the Financial Times in a survey titled as: 50 emerging markets business leaders.

Oct, 2009
Microfinance Bank of the Year

Microfinance Bank of the Year

For the second year running, Equity Bank has been named the Micro Finance Bank of the Year in Africa during the annual African Bankers Awards ceremony held in Istanbul, Turkey. Equity won the award in a category contested by Accion of Nigeria, Blue Financial Services of South Africa and UBA Nigeria. Equity Bank was named the Micro Finance Bank of the Year in Africa for assisting local communities and aspiring entrepreneurs to raise finance, ultimately contributing to their growth and development.

Sept, 2009
Africa Investor Series Awards

Africa Investor Series Awards

It was a double win at the Africa Investor Index Series Awards 2009 held at the New York Stock Exchange. Equity Bank was named the best performing company in Africa while the Bank’s CEO, Dr. James Mwangi was named Africa’s CEO of the year, in the Africa 100 CEO category Index. The Pan-African Awards ceremony was attended by over 200 senior executives from across Africa and the world. 

Sept, 2009
Equity Chairman Awarded Global Prize in Agriculture

Equity Chairman Awarded Global Prize in Agriculture

Equity Bank’s Chairman Mr. Peter Munga received the 2009 Yara prize at a ceremony organized by the Yara Foundation in Oslo, Norway. Mr. Munga received the Award for his work in transforming the lives and fortunes of thousands of small scale farmers in Africa and empowering them to be creators and generators of employment.

July, 2009
The African Business Award

The African Business Award

Equity Bank was named the African Business of the Year 2009 at the Commonwealth Business Council & Africa Business awards held in London. The award recognizes businesses which returned outstanding returns and growth rates coupled with innovative working techniques, and development of staff and the community it operates in.

May, 2009
Most Sustainable Bank of the Year

Most Sustainable Bank of the Year

For the second year running, Equity has been named the best bank in the Kenya Banking awards. Equity bank was named the bank of the year at the 2009 Banking Awards ceremony. The awards recognize the best financial institutions in Kenya. The annual awards were launched in 2006 by Think Business Limited. The aim of these awards is to encourage prudence and stability in the banking sector by recognising, awarding and celebrating exemplary performers and successes of the sector, therefore encouraging competition.

Apr, 2009
Best Bank in Kenya

Best Bank in Kenya

For the second year running, Equity has been named the best bank in the Kenya Banking awards. Equity bank was named the bank of the year at the 2009 Banking Awards ceremony. The awards recognize the best financial institutions in Kenya.

Mar, 2009
AI Financial Reporting Award

AI Financial Reporting Award

Equity Bank became the first African financial institution to win the inaugural Africa Investor Financial Reporting Award for its leadership and efforts in financial reporting. The Award was presented at a colorful ceremony held at the Paris Stock Exchange and organized by African Investor in association with the New York Stock Exchange. 

2009, 2008
Best Overall Bank - Inter Banks Sports Champions

Best Overall Bank - Inter Banks Sports Champions

Equity Bank emerged the best overall in inter-bank sports in Kenya in 2008/9. The victory was historic, taking the title from the defending champions of 24 years. The sports competition brings together all financial institutions in Kenya in a variety of sporting games. Equity first participated in the inter-bank games in 2005 and has improved in performance, moving from 3rd Runners up in 2007 to take the championship in 2008 and retain in 2009.

2008
Banking Awards - Best Bank in Kenya

Banking Awards - Best Bank in Kenya

Equity Bank was voted the Best Bank in Kenya during the 2008 Renaissance Capital Awards in a survey bench-marked against a series of 12 parameters, chief of which included asset quality, capital adequacy, earnings and liquidity. The indicators are the standard measures internationally used by rating agencies to grade banks. The ratings included 41 commercial banks and two non-bank financial institutions.

2008
Best performing Ai 100 Company in Africa

Best performing Ai 100 Company in Africa

The New York Stock Exchange recognized Equity Bank for its role in business and investment during the African (Ai) Investor Awards held in New York. Equity Bank was named the Best Performing Ai 100 Company.

2008
African Banker Awards - Microfinance Bank of the year

African Banker Awards - Microfinance Bank of the year

Equity was named the Best Microfinance bank in Africa during the annual African Banker Awards ceremony held in Washington DC, USA. According to the organizers, the award went to the micro finance lender who had contributed most to reduce poverty in Africa. The awards reward among other things achievements, record earnings, innovative practices and their commitment to corporate social responsibility and gender equality. They are designed to recognise the reforms, rapid modernization, consolidation, integration and expansion of the African Banking sector.

July, 2008
Best Bank in Kenya

Best Bank in Kenya

For the second year running, Equity Bank has been voted the best bank in Kenya during this year’s Euromoney Awards for Excellence. Euromoney, the world's most prestigious financial publications. The Euromoney Awards for Excellence are to the financial services industry what the Oscars are to film.

Apr, 2008
Equity Bank Enters Uganda

Equity Bank Enters Uganda

Equity Bank and Uganda Microfinance Limited (UML) signed a conditional agreement  to take up 100% of the bank’s share capital. UML is the leading Microfinance institution in Uganda. Equity Bank acquired the microfinance company at a price of Kshs. 1.66 Billion.

July, 2007
Equity CEO Awarded Doctorate

Equity CEO Awarded Doctorate

Equity Bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. James Mwangi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by the Kenya Methodist University (Kemu).  Kemu cited his visionary leadership that transformed Equity Bank from a technically insolvent institution to become one of the leading banks in Kenya, which has made banking affordable and accessible to ordinary Kenyans. He holds a Doctorate in Humane Letters from Kenyatta University (2007) and Entreprenuership from JKUAT University (2008).

Aug, 2007
 EuroMoney Awards

EuroMoney Awards

Once again, Equity Bank's unique business model was recognized when we got voted the Best Bank in Kenya in the Euromoney Awards, 2007. The Euromoney awards for Excellence are the most respected awards in the financial services industry. They are to the financial institutions what the Oscars are to film.

Sept, 2007
MicroCapital Award

MicroCapital Award

MicroCapital is a news and research initiative on international microfinance investment housed under Prisma MicroFinance, a microfinance institution registered as U.S. based international holding company offering financial services in Latin America.