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Corporate Social Responsibility

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The Humanization of Capital

 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is in Byblos Bank’s DNA. Long before most people had even heard of the term “Corporate Social Responsibility”, we were already fully engaged and having a positive impact. After all, effective banking naturally provides several crucial building blocks for the advancement of any society, including faster economic growth, more job opportunities, and greater surpluses available for reinvestment.

 

 

We call our approach the “humanization of capital”. For our customers, this involves offering dependable products and services that meet their specific needs while shielding them from unnecessary risk. For our employees, this manifests itself in how we lay out career paths that help each individual realize his or her real potential through personal and professional growth and prosperity. For the communities we are part of, it shows in our dedication to working together to achieve balanced and sustainable growth. This same philosophy applies to our governance: we adhere to the highest international standards and practice maximum transparency. It is also expressed in our Social and Environmental Policy.

 

To have real impact and create tangible value, Byblos Bank concentrates on four areas: Education, Culture, the Environment, and Community. 

Areas of Interest

  • Education
    Education

    We know education is a powerful force for change in our society. Hence, we strive to broaden access to education but also to empower individuals and communities at large through financial literacy initiatives. Our CSR work involves a multi-faceted Financial Literacy Program, supporting beneficial activities, offering vital scholarships, and funding much-needed campus facilities at major schools and universities in Lebanon. Indeed, Byblos Bank enjoys longstanding partnerships with Lebanon’s top universities. The Bank believes that modern campus facilities contribute to the improvement of academic education and help universities better serve their students:

     

    1999: Contribution to construction of new buildings at Notre-Dame University 
    1999: Semaan Melkan Bassil Hall at the Lebanese American University’s Jbeil campus
    2009: AUB Byblos Bank Art Gallery, American University of Beirut
    2011: Dr. François Bassil Auditorium, Saint Joseph University, Innovation and Sports Campus 
    2017: Contribution to the construction of Dr. François Bassil Medical Building at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik 

  • Culture
    Culture

    We believe culture is a vital contributor to social cohesion and national stability. Our efforts to uphold culture in Lebanon are focused on supporting emerging Lebanese photographers and contributing to the preservation of our country’s rich heritage. The Byblos Bank Photography Program and the Jbeil Souks Façades Renovation are two examples of Byblos Bank CSR initiatives that bring culture into your life. 

  • Environment
    Environment
    Byblos Bank’s environmental CSR activities reflect a genuine commitment to the preservation of the historic Cedars of Lebanon. Our Byblos Bank/Shouf Reserve Bio-corridor Initiative is especially noteworthy as it implements an innovative reforestation concept that will help protect Lebanon’s most recognized national symbol.
  • Community
    Community
    The rise of Byblos Bank has coincided almost entirely with the emergence of modern Lebanon, and throughout this period we have never forgotten our roots as a local enterprise in a neighborhood much like yours. We have shared the experiences of all Lebanese and reinforced an institutional outlook that emphasizes participation in the communities we serve.

    The Fidar highway bridge in the Jbeil region is a case in point: after it was destroyed by an Israeli air raid during the 2006 war, Byblos Bank stepped in to fund the reconstruction, and work was completed in a record time of just six months instead of the four years that had been estimated by the government.

    We also honor this tradition by celebrating the spirit of so many Lebanese who have overcome great challenges to pull off even greater achievements, notably through the Reghem Kel Chi segment that we sponsor on MTV and all the activities that we conduct in various regions of the country.

Major Programs

  • Financial Literacy

    Empowering people with life-enhancing monetary knowledge is so important to Byblos Bank that we established a Financial ...
  • Photography

    Launched in 2012, the Byblos Bank Photography Program is aimed at helping emerging Lebanese photographers take their careers ...
  • Heritage

    Byblos Bank’s Heritage Program aims to protect, renovate, and showcase Lebanon’s unique surviving historical monuments as a ...
  • Cedar Reforestation

    Byblos Bank is determined to protect nature on several fronts, including our actions to ensure Lebanon is always known as the ...
  • Reghem Kel Chi

    “Reghem Kel Chi” is part of Byblos Bank’s boundless belief in Lebanon and its people. The daily segment has been airing since ...
  • Byblos Christmas Tree

    Each year, Byblos Bank lends it support for a signature Christmas Tree in Jbeil, site of the ancient town of Byblos, ...

Apply for Support

Before submitting your request for support from Byblos Bank, please keep in mind the following key criteria that your project needs to meet in order to qualify for funding:

  • Your project must fall within Byblos Bank’s four Areas of Interest 
  • Your application form should be completed in full and include all the requested information to ensure timely processing
  • Once you submit your form, it will take us a minimum of five working days to get back to you with our feedback

 

The Support Application Form must be filled in as comprehensively as possible in order to ensure a timely answer. You may be asked to submit a presentation and/or other supporting materials at a later time, but at this stage, the information included in the form is crucial to an orderly decision-making process.

 

Recommended Deadline for Applications

 

If you wish to submit a request for funding, please keep in mind that we select most of the projects we sponsor for the coming year each September. After that date, there’s a lower chance of receiving funding because usually, our financial and human resources have already been allocated for planned projects.