Alpha Bank named “CSR Corporate Brand of the Year” at the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2022
Alpha Bank was presented with several awards at the recent Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2022, in recognition of its responsible business activity and its initiatives to promote sustainable environmental and social development. The Bank garnered 6 awards in total and was also named “CSR Corporate Brand of the Year”, winning the top distinction of the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards institution. The Awards are held under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and Investments, the Ministry of Environment and Energy, and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). The title of “CSR Corporate Brand of the Year” was also accompanied by the awarding of distinctions for its programs and initiatives in the areas of Responsible Banking, Equitable Access, Digital Innovation and Female Empowerment.
In particular, Alpha Bank received:
- 2 Gold awards in the categories “Responsible Product / Affinity Marketing / Cause-Related Marketing” and “Sustainable Cities & Communities”, for the Consumer Loan "Alpha Green Solutions - Electric car/bicycle”, which was specifically created to meet the needs of the Greek Government’s program “e-Astypalea”.
- A Silver Award in the category “Strengthening Entrepreneurship”, for the annual international innovation competition “FinQuest by Alpha Bank”, which is addressed to the domestic and international ecosystem of start-ups, in search of innovative digital solutions and applications that could transform the financial industry.
- A Silver award in the category “ESG & SDGs: Life on Land”, for the investment program “Investments with Environmental Impact”.
- A Silver award in the category “Gender Equality”, for the series of initiatives “Female Empowerment: We support Women in practice”.
- A Bronze award in the category “Less Inequalities”, for the Social Responsibility program “All together at the opera”, implemented by Alpha Bank in collaboration with the Greek National Opera (GNO) since December 2021, making available – for the first time – opera performances that are universally accessible by all our fellow citizens.
Alpha Bank and KPMG won a Silver Award at the Supply Chain Awards 2022
The distinction concerns the design and implementation of a new organizational model in the Bank's Procurement Division. Alpha Bank and KPMG received the Silver Award in the "Best Practices in Procurement" category, for the new organizational model they designed and implemented in the Bank's Central Procurement and Outsourcing Management Department.
Two Corporate Responsibility distinctions at the “Bravo Sustainability Awards 2022”
Alpha Bank garnered two major distinctions at the “Bravo Sustainability Awards 2022” event held during the “Bravo Sustainability Week 2022”, organized by QualityNet Foundation. The two initiatives of the Bank that were awarded are the “Together, for the Environment” Program, under the “Environment: Response to natural disasters” category, and the Program “The defacements that hurt”, under the “Society: Partnership between a private sector and a public sector entity” category. Alpha Bank’s programs were singled out among 310 candidate Corporate Social Responsibility actions and were voted by the scientific committees of the Bravo Sustainability Awards, as well as by more than 16,000 citizens.
Alpha Bank’s Project Galaxy named “Transaction of the Year” at the Structured Credit Investor (SCI) NPL Securitization Awards
Alpha Bank's Project Galaxy securitization was named “Transaction of the Year” at the “NPL Securitization Awards” organized by Structured Credit Investor (SCI). Completed in the second quarter of 2021, Project Galaxy was the second largest Non-Performing Exposures (NPE) securitization in Europe and the largest securitization ever to be concluded in Greece.
In judging for the award, SCI’s analysts noted that the Galaxy securitization was a landmark transaction for the Greek banking sector in general, while for Alpha Bank, the completion of the transaction was a key milestone in the implementation of its Transformation Plan, and it also made a significant contribution to the clean-up of the Bank’s balance sheet.
Alpha Bank’s Project Aurora transaction awarded “Best securitisation in SEE” in 2021 by leading international financial publication EMEA Finance
Alpha Bank has been awarded “Best securitisation in SEE” in 2021 by EMEA Finance for its landmark Euro 1.9 billion Project Aurora transaction. Project Aurora, which was recognised as the most innovative and impactful deal of its kind in Southeast Europe last year. Project Aurora, the first synthetic securitisation of performing SME and corporate loans delivered by Alpha Bank, was successful in the “Securitisation and Structured Finance category” of EMEA Finance’s respected “Achievement Awards 2021”. Their widely recognised annual “Achievement Awards” celebrate excellence across the EMEA capital markets, highlighting the most successful deals and dealmakers. Alpha Bank was selected for the award by EMEA Finance’s distinguished editorial team as the Project Aurora transaction was judged to have best exemplified the innovative work taking place in the capital markets of the SEE region.
Circular Economy Awards 2022
Our Bank was honored with a gold award in the Waste Reduction category of the Circular Economy Awards 2022, for the Corporate Social Responsibility Program "Waste Reduction". This distinction recognizes our effort to reduce our environmental footprint by applying the principles of the circular economy by reusing office, technological and electronic equipment.
In addition, by donating equipment in excellent condition, which has reached the end of its life cycle for the Bank, we create the conditions for the provision of equal opportunities in education, work and entertainment to institutions, local communities and vulnerable social groups (special schools, associations for the disabled, etc.).
The "Waste Reduction" Program has been implemented continuously since 2010, in collaboration with the Property and Security Division. In 2021, we responded to 96 agencies, satisfying their requests for office equipment with 591 items and for technological equipment with 936 items. The direct beneficiaries of the program for 2021 amount to 4,960 and the indirect ones to 6,829, while from these donations a total emission of 38.9 tons of CO2e were avoided, 9 tons more than the previous year.
HRIMA BUSINESS AWARDS 2021
Double distinction for Alpha Bank at the HRIMA Business Awards 2021
At the 19th Awards Ceremony held on February 11, 2022 ALPHA BANK won the 1st business award in the category "Corporate Social Responsibility" as well as the 2nd business award in the category "Best Bank".
“HRIMA Business Awards” are well-established in the business and investment market as an event for the annual evaluation of companies listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
The companies’ assessment criteria are their growth rate, investments, innovative actions, global orientation, positive results of their market strategies and their conduct in the stock market and towards investors.
In the evaluation participated the retail investors, the readership of HRIMA magazine and the weekly online newspaper HRIMA Week. A total of more than 10,000 people, in order to ensure the participation of the public and market experts (professionals of the wider financial sector, executives of companies listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, business consultants etc.)
Alpha Bank was named Superbrand at this year's "Business Superbrands Greece 2021-2022" awards, confirming its leading position in the financial services sector, after a vote with the participation of marketing experts and professionals as well as thousands of Greek consumers.
Alpha Bank's brand was voted as one of the leading in the Greek market, receiving high rating in several criteria, such as Brand Awareness & Strength of Reputation, Reliability and Long-Term Consistency, Quality, Price and Safety of Products and Services, Corporate Responsibility.
4 distinctions at the Mobile Excellence Awards 2022
Four distinctions for our mobile banking applications at the Mobile Excellence Awards 2022! At the award ceremony held on December 9, we were honored with:
- Gold Award for myAlpha Mobile app, in the "Integration of Mobile in a Multi-Channel & Omni-Channel Strategy" category.
- Gold Award for myAlpha Mobile app, in the "Mobile Digital Transactions" category.
- Gold Award for bizpay app, in the "New Business Services through Mobile" category.
- Bronze Award for myAlpha Wallet app, in the “UI / UX” category.
In a year when banking has become more mobile than ever, we have offered our Customers modern solutions and improved our services, in order to enable everyone to make their transactions easily, quickly and securely from their mobile devices.
Alpha Bank named “Best Private Bank in Greece” for the 4th consecutive year
Alpha Bank’s Private Banking has been named “Best Private Bank in Greece” for 2021 for the fourth consecutive year at the "Global Private Banking Awards 2021” by the internationally acclaimed publications “Professional Wealth Management (PWM)” and “The Banker” of the Financial Times Group.
This distinction is a recognition for the high quality of Alpha Bank’s Private Banking services (‘Alpha Private Bank’), which consistently enjoy the trust of the Bank’s Customers, as they are aligned with their individual goals and needs. Furthermore, it highlights Alpha Bank’s commitment to excel in providing high quality services, by incorporating new technologies and constantly improving its wealth management operations.
Alpha Bank named “Best Bank in Greece” for 2021 by the international financial publication “Euromoney”
Alpha Bank has been named “Best Bank in Greece” for 2021 for a second consecutive year, at the “Awards for Excellence 2021” by the international financial publication “Euromoney”. This year’s distinction is based on the successful completion of the landmark transaction “Galaxy” as well as on the Bank’s strategic progress and solid financial resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The award is presented annually to banks whose dynamic profile in the international and regional markets sets them apart from the competition and are chosen following an in-depth analysis of their qualitative and quantitative figures. This is the 4th time during the last six years that Alpha Bank receives the top distinction as the “Best Bank in Greece” by Euromoney, given that this year’s award follows previous relevant distinctions in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Double Corporate Responsibility distinction at the “Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2021”
Focusing on its contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, to SDG10 (Reduced Inequalities), Alpha Bank helps broaden the current offerings regarding the access and equal participation of persons with disabilities in recreational and cultural events.
In this context, it sponsors the installation of suitable accessibility facilities in cinemas for people with disabilities, as well as the availability of audio description for the visually impaired and of special SDH subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing, simultaneous interpretation into the Greek sign language, etc.
Indicatively, through the "Cinema for All" program, more than 10,000 of our fellow citizens have so far had the opportunity to enjoy the cinema experience, in an effort to eliminate the exclusion that they experience in their everyday life due to the lack of appropriate infrastructure and accessible content.
Ε-volution Awards 2021
Alpha Bank's innovative Digital Business Onboarding service was awarded a Gold Award at the E-volution Awards 2021, in the category "User Interface".
The new digital service was awarded for the unique experience it offers companies, so that they may begin their banking relationship easily, quickly and remotely through a modern and simple interface. This distinction is a recognition of the Bank's innovative digital services and at the same time highlights its commitment to deliver modern solutions and tools that will offer business Customers improved experience and even more quality service.
Alpha Bank named Shipping Financier of the Year at Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2020
Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2020 ended with a significant distinction for Alpha Bank, which was named Shipping Financier of the Year.
The award is a major success for Alpha Bank, highlighting the Bank’s commitment to deliver quality services to its shipping Customers, even under the challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic. In particular, the award concerns the new funding that exceeded USD 850 million, provided in order to support existing and new Customers proceed with investments related to the purchase or construction of ships. This resulted in the increase of the portfolio balance to USD 2.9 billion. At the same time, the Bank maintained the high quality in terms of its shipping banking services, by the Shipping Division and Branch, in order to support the activities of its shipping companies and private Customers. The Bank continues to actively support its shipping Customers and meet their needs in the best possible way.
Alpha Bank’s Investor and Analyst Relations Division won the first place, for yet another year, in the “Best IR Team Overall – Sell-Side Only- EMEA Financials” category of the “Executive Teams Research”. Conducted by the credible international business site www.institutionalinvestor.com, the survey highlights the top professionals in the international institutional investor sector.
Moreover, Alpha Bank won third place in the “Best IR Team Overall” category, while it was the only Greek bank to rank first in one of the categories that are part of this prestigious international survey, which features the participation of thousands of capital managers and analysts from around the world.
These distinctions are indicative of Alpha Bank's strong recognition among the investors community, given its steadily high performance in the investor relations sector.
Alpha Bank named “Best Bank in Greece” for 2020 by the international financial publication “Euromoney”
Alpha Bank has been named “Best Bank in Greece” for 2020, at the “Awards for Excellence 2020” by the international financial publication “Euromoney” due to its adaptability, robust capital position and commitment to social responsibility throughout the recent COVID-19 crisis.
According to the selection committee, Alpha Bank was recognized for maintaining prudent capital management with the ambitious launch of one of the largest NPE securitizations in the European market this year, which aims to almost halve both the group's NPE and NPL ratios.
Alpha Bank has also proven its resilience and ability to adjust to a changing world through its digitalization transformation strategy. This has already brought significant progress in the bank's retail and business on-boarding. Finally, Alpha Bank is proud to have offered a range of measures to support its Customers through the economic uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included – on top of state supported loan programs - a financing of Euro 2.3 billion to Businesses, year to date, as well as a variety of loan extensions and payment deferrals to our Customers.
Best Issuing Bank in Southern Europe for 2019
Alpha Bank was named “Best Issuing Bank in Southern Europe” for 2019 by The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, rewarding its consistently high performance in promoting international trade.
This distinction recognizes Alpha Bank's leading position in promoting international trade, as part of its highly efficient participation in the Global Trade Finance Program – GTFP.
Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) 2020
Alpha Bank was included, for the second consecutive year, in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) one of the most important indices for businesses around the world, for its commitment to the reinforcement of gender equality and advancement of women in the workplace.
e-Volution Awards 2020
The new Bonus Program application (Bonus App) of Alpha Bank was awarded with three prizes, for its high popularity and the innovations it introduces in the mobile business sector, at the annual e-Volution Awards 2020.
- Gold Award in the category “Mobile app”
- Gold Award in the category “User Interface”
- Silver Award in the category “Redesign – Relaunch (Website | e-shop | App)”.
Global Private Banking Awards 2019
Alpha Bank was named “Best Private Bank in Greece” for 2019 at the "Global Private Banking Awards 2019” that were held in London, on October 31, 2019, organised by the internationally acclaimed publications “Professional Wealth Management (PWM)” and “The Banker” of the Financial Times Group.
Distinctions for Alpha Bank Group in the Extel Survey for the fifth consecutive year
Alpha Bank gained distinctions, for the fifth consecutive year in the Extel Survey, the long-standing independent study aiming to highlight the best professionals across the European Equities Investment industry, on a yearly basis.
According to the 2019 Survey results, Alpha Bank ranked 1st in Greece in all categories. More specifically:
Our Chief Executive Officer, Vassilios Psaltis was voted Best CEO in Greece.
Our Chief Financial Officer, Lazaros Papagaryfallou was voted Best CFO in Greece.
Alpha Bank’s Investor Relations was ranked 1st in Greece (Corporate Best for Investor Relations).
Dimitrios Kostopoulos, Head of IR and Elena Katopodi, Deputy Head, were voted at the top 2 positions as IR Professionals in Greece amongst all Greek corporates.
Major distinctions for www.alpha.gr at the Ermis Awards
Alpha Bank’s new, redesigned website www.alpha.gr won the following two major distinctions for its improved design and user experience at the Ermis Awards 2018, Greece’s foremost and oldest institution showcasing creativity in communication:
- Silver Award in the “UI & Usability” category
- Bronze Award in the “Corporate Sites” category
Alpha Bank received the following distinctions at the Hellenic Responsible Business Awards 2019:
- Gold Award in the Business – NGO Collaboration category, for the “Together, for better health” programme.
- Silver Award in the Disaster Relief category, for its “Response to Natural Disasters”.
- Silver Award in the Best Printed Edition / Corporate Responsibly Report category, for its “Corporate Responsibility Report 2017”.
“Voted Product of the Year” 2019
Alpha Bank’s bleep app was named “Voted Product of the Year” in the “Prepaid Card” category, following the national customer survey conducted by the IRI market research company. The “Voted Product of the Year” is one of the largest and most important institutions in product innovation.
e-volution Awards 2019
Alpha Bank received a Gold and a Silver award for the bleep app at the “e-volution Awards 2019”, which reward best practices in Greek e-commerce and business.
- Golden award at the Digital Innovation category
- Silver award for the Mobile app category
In 2018, Alpha Bank won important awards which confirm the quality of the services and products it provides to its Customers.
National Customer Service Awards 2018
Alpha Bank received the “Team of the Year: Customer Service” (Large Organisation Category) award for the bleep app, by the Hellenic Institute of Customer Service, at the National Customer Service Awards.
Global Private Banking Awards 2018
Alpha Bank was named “Best Private Bank in Greece” for 2018 at the "Global Private Banking Awards 2018” that were held in London, on November 7, 2018, organised by the internationally acclaimed publications “Professional Wealth Management (PWM)” and “The Banker” of the Financial Times Group.
Social Media Awards 2018
Alpha Bank was distinguished for its successful social media presence, at the Social Media Awards 2018. Specifically, it won the following awards:
- Bronze Award for the best use of social media in Financial Services (Financial Services, “Corporate Social Media Alpha Bank Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube”)
- Bronze Award for the best use of LinkedIn (“Corporate Social Media Alpha Bank LinkedIn”)
Mobile Excellence Awards 2018
Alpha Bank, continuing to receive awards for its novel and innovative electronic services, received five major distinctions at the Mobile Excellence Awards 2018. Specifically, myAlpha Mobile and myAlpha Wallet received one Grand Award, two Gold Awards and two Silver Awards in the following categories:
- Grand Award for the multiple distinctions of the Alpha Bank Mobile applications
- Gold Awards in the "Mobile Banking Services" and "Mobile Wallet" categories
- Silver Awards in the "Business Process Re-engineering though Mobile" and "Use of Mobile for P2P Payment" categories for myAlpha Mobile.
Alpha Bank named “Best Bank in Greece” for 2018 by the international financial publication “Euromoney”
Alpha Bank was named “Best Bank in Greece” for 2018, at the “Awards for Excellence 2018”, held by the international financial publication “Euromoney”, at a special event in London, on July 11, 2018.
The award is presented annually to banks whose dynamic profile in the international and regional markets in which they operate sets them apart from the competition and are chosen following an in-depth analysis of their qualitative and quantitative figures. According to the selection committee, Alpha Bank was distinguished for its superior performance in 2018 ECB’s Stress Tests among Greek systemic Banks, as well as its solid operational profitability, the highest in the sector for another consecutive year.
Major distinctions for Alpha Bank Group on “Extel Survey 2018”
Alpha Bank gained significant distinctions in the annual international survey conducted by Extel, aiming to highlight the best professionals at a Pan-European level.
More specifically, Alpha Bank's Managing Director – CEO, Mr. Demetrios P. Mantzounis was voted 2nd Best CEO in Greece and 19th in Europe, out of a total of 97 CEOs of European Banks.
Alpha Bank's General Manager – Chief Financial Officer, Mr Vassilios E. Psaltis was voted Best CFO in Greece and 7th in Europe, out of a total of 92 CFOs across European Banks.
The Bank's Investor Relations professionals, Mr Dimitrios Kostopoulos, Head of Investor Relations and Mrs Elena Katopodi, Deputy Manager of Investor Relations, reached the top 2 positions amongst all Greek corporates as IR Professionals in Greece, occupying positions within the top 10 IR professionals for Banks on a Pan-European level, out of a total of 328.
More than 11,300 investment professionals participated in the Extel Survey 2018, from a total of 2,923 buy-side and sell-side firms and 1,531 listed companies, covering a broad spectrum of industries, such as banking, pharmaceuticals, automobile, oil industry, telecommunications, transportation, utilities and others.
The results above are indicative of Alpha Bank's strong recognition among the investment community, with foreign institutional investors comprising 81% of our total shareholder's base.
Alpha Bank won more major distinctions in 2017, for its performance in the field of financial services and for the implementation of new, innovative technologies.
Extel Survey 2017
In the framework of Extel's annual survey of leading professionals in the financial services sector in Europe, Alpha Bank and the Investor and Analyst Relations Division ranked respectively:
- 1st in Greece (Corporate Best for Investor Relations - Greece), for the fourth consecutive year, out of 30 companies
- 9th (Corporate Best for Investor Relations - Banks) among 139 European banks
- 38th among the 100 leading companies in Europe (Top 100 Corporates Best for Investor Relations - Pan Europe).
E-banking / digital presence
- Grand Award for the multiple distinctions of the Alpha Bank mobile applications
- Gold Awards in the “Mobile Banking Services”, “Mobile App Usability” and “Mobile Wallet” categories
- Silver Award in the “Security Solution” category for the Alpha Mobile Banking app.
Lighthouse e-volution awards 2017
Alpha Bank received six important distinctions –two Gold and four Silver Awards– for myAlpha Wallet, Alpha e-Commerce and the Alpha Bank electronic payment services, in recognition of the Bank's successful design of new, innovative services to meet the needs of its Customers, both Individuals and Businesses, in the best possible way.
More specifically, Alpha Bank received the following awards:
- Gold award in the “Innovative Banking Services” category for myAlpha Wallet, the new digital wallet by Alpha Bank
- Gold award in the “Electronic Payment Systems” category for myAlpha Wallet
- Silver award in the Usability category for myAlpha Wallet
- Silver award in the “e-business Application Redesign” category for the upgraded Alpha e-Commerce platform
- Silver award in the ”Digital Strategy (e-Strategy)” category for its electronic payments strategy
- Silver award in the “B2C Payment” category for the Alpha e-Commerce service.