“The supreme reality of our time is ...the vulnerability of our planet." -John F. Kennedy
We, at ICICI Bank, are responsible corporate citizens. We believe that every small 'GREEN' step taken today would go a long way in building a greener future and that each one of us can work towards a better global environment.
'Go Green' is an organisation wide initiative that moves beyond moving ourselves, our processes and our customers to cost efficient automated channels to building awareness and consciousness of our environment, our nation and our society.
As the first step towards going Green, we looked at our day to day functioning to identify and implement ‘Green’ measures. These measures ranged from reduction in consumption of energy and paper to employee engagement.
Encouraging turning off and/or unplugging all lights and electronic equipment (computers, monitors, photocopiers, cell phone chargers, printers, radios, etc.) when not in use, and fully utilizing power-saving settings when in us
Recycling and refilling ink cartridges for our printers
Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs when they need to be replaced, internally and externally
Utilising online "Webinars" for shorter meetings that involve people who might otherwise have to travel a long distance
Encouraging use of carpool and use public transportation
Employees are encouraged to turn off taps when not in use and ensure that leaky faucets are fixed
Our Mumbai and Hyderabad towers have water treatment plants for recycling sewage water. The recycled water is then used in washrooms, used for irrigation and will soon be used in water-cooled chillers for air conditioning, which are more efficient than air-cooled chillers
Some towers also have sensor based taps to avoid water wastage
ICICI Bank’s Green initiatives aimed at customers are driven by the objective of collaborating with each of our customers and making ‘Green’ a part of all our lives. These initiatives range from Green offerings/ incentives, Green engagement to Green communication to our customers.
Green Products & Services
‘Instabanking’ - It is the platform that brings together all our alternate channels under one umbrella and gives customers the convenience of banking anytime anywhere through Internet banking, i-Mobile banking, Tab banking and IVR banking. This reduces the carbon footprint of the customers by ensuring they do not have to resort to physical statements or travel to their branches.
‘Electronic Branches’- Fully electronic branches have also been set up where customers can conduct all their banking transactions.
‘E- Drive’- We have sent nearly 200 thousand annual reports in electronic form. In the last quarter we have saved more than 60 tonnes of paper by sending e-statements to over 6.5 million Bank accounts and 300 thousand credit card customers.
'World Environment Day'- June 5, 2014: On the occasion of 'World Environment Day' ICICI Bank employees undertook several activities to show our commitment towards 'Go Green'. A Pan India sapling plantation drive was conducted across all ICICI Bank towers and branches, along with PUC drive where employees were encouraged to get their vehicle's PUC checked and vendors were set up at select towers for the same.
As a continued effort to reduce use of paper, ICICI Bank has undertaken an e-statement and e-registration drive where customers are encouraged to switch to email based statements and bills through Branch banking and Phone banking staff.
'Go Social' campaign was launched for employees where every individual could post pictures of their green initiative on facebook and twitter, and spread the word to families and friends to join in the journey to Go Green
'World Environment Week' - continued from June 09 to 13 with each day of the week representing a different green theme: No plastic day, Reuse paper day, Carpool day, Duplex printing day and Save energy day. Employees have been sensitised on the Bank wide goal taken to save paper, energy and water and it's importance.
'Solar Branches'- As part of the Bank’s Go Green initiative, about 294 rural low cost branches have been fitted with solar panels, with a plan to extend the same to 122 more branches by July 2014. Solar power is a source of renewable and non-polluting clean energy. As a result of this initiative, 1440 Units of solar energy is generated per branch annually and the energy consumption cost has reduced considerably.
ICICI Bank has extensively capitalized on the existing internal media- statements, inserts, Credit Card Charge slips- to reach out to the customers and seek their collaboration in the ‘Go Green’ movement. The communication on Online Bill pay, Online Funds Transfer and Subscribing to e-statements are aimed at migrating customers to ‘paperless’ and ‘commute-free’ mode of conducting some of their banking transactions During the 'World Environment Week' June 09 to 13, Phone banking has also introduced a Go Green message on the IVR encouraging customers to switch to e-statements
Plant or help plant more trees and preventing the cutting of the existing ones, contribute towards the making of a healthy planet, at no extra cost.
Pay your bills online. For every 38,000 bills paid online, 5,058 pounds of greenhouse gases are avoided and two tons of trees are preserved.
Use Car pools to go to work. Avoiding 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
Drive responsibly. Every gallon of gas burned emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, so make the most of your tank.
Use CFL lights. Compact fluorescents produce the same amount of light as normal bulbs, but use about a quarter of the electricity and last ten times as long.
Unplug electronics. Cell phone chargers, TVs, DVD players, stereos, microwaves and other electronics with transformers continue to draw power, even when they're off or not charging anything, as long as they're plugged in.
Turn off the tap while brushing teeth.
Always use a cloth bag. Do not use paper or plastic bags for your grocery.