As a business, EBL is guided by the objectives to expand and deepen client relationships, and invest consistently on technology. As a bank, we operate according to the fundamental principles of the company, which include putting our clients first and adhering to the highest standards of integrity. Over the past 20 years our excellent culture and a focused long-term strategy have contributed to our outstanding track record. One of our core strengths is our fortress balance sheet and our adherence to ethical banking. Our sincere efforts in bringing international standards in accounting have been well-appreciated and gotten recognitions from local and international institutions like The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), South Asian Federation of
Accountants (SAFA), The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB).
EBL was awarded the 2nd Prize at 12th ICAB National Awards for the Best Presented Annual Reports 2011 and also awarded same position for Annual Report 2009. EBL is a recipient of ‘Certifi cate of Merit' in the Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2011 by South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA). Last year our Annual Report 2011 got the 3rd Prize at the ICMAB Best Corporate Awards. Employee first is our bracing motto. We believe that the source of our competitive advantage lay deep inside our company, in our people. Our core brand has always been our employees, appreciated for their passion to perform. For us employees are the best brand. We do not off er our employees a job, we offer them a career. We have highest per employee productivity in the banking industry for last 6 years.
Last year our HR policy and practices got international recognition when we were awarded the Asia's Best Employer Brand Award at World HR Congress in Singapore. Our Human Resources Division is also the first Bangladeshi bank to achieve ISO certification for its commitment to quality HR Practice in People Management.
Our Trade Service Department and Service Delivery Department are regarded among the best in the market for our commitment to quality delivery and trade service operations. Our ISO 9001:2008 certifications for Trade Service Department and Service Delivery Department speak volumes about our best practices.
We are consistently achieving recognition from World Bank. We have been awarded twice as the best GTFP issuing Bank in South Asia.
The crowning glory of EBL's commitment to perform with passion has been winning the Best Financial Institution 2010, the most coveted award of the country at the DHL-Daily Star Bangladesh Business Awards 2010.
As we are striving to achieve international standards in all our products and services, international recognition is natural to follow. The Global Brand Congress held in Mumbai conferred EBL Awards for Brand Excellence in the “Best Banking and Financial Services” category.
One of the most significant awards for EBL last year was the CEO of the Year award to our CEO Mr. Ali Reza Iftekhar by Asian HR Leadership Award held in Dubai. This award carries a symbolic signifi cance for us. Out of 45 nominations from Asia he was selected by the Jury board for his significant contributions to the Bangladesh banking sector. As an ardent promoter of the concept of sustainable development he has successfully introduced international best practices and ethical banking and transformed EBL into the most valuable financial brand in the country.