Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development, has applauded winners at the 8th edition of the Ghana Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Awards organised by the Centre for CSR, West Africa at the Marriott Hotel in Accra.
“You have performed well. You have demonstrated you look beyond profit-making and that you are interested in the development of society. I urge you to consider more partnership opportunities with government and among yourselves as corporates.
“There is a disconnect between academia and industry; you can help by having organisational schemes that train and groom young graduates as part of your CSR projects. And you can also collaborate with government in doing this and more,” he said.
The President of the Association of Ghana Industries, Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi, and President of the Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters, Anthony Sikpa, joined the Mminister to thank socially-responsible corporates for their social interventions.
The Senior Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA Ghana – Maki Osawa – reiterated JICA’s committment to empowering the private sector and helping it reduce waste, improve quality and maximise bottomlines, through the National Kaizen Project and other private sector interventions by JICA.
Prof. Martin Gyambrah, Director of the Ghana campus of the University of Applied Management, Germany, agreed with the minister that the disconnect between academia and industry can be fixed through sustainably-designed academia-private sector partnerships.
Winners at this year’s GHACEA are: CSR Award for Greening and Environmental Protection – Unilever Ghana; CSR Award for Health – MTN Ghana; CSR Award for Safety & Well-being – Guinness Ghana; Agrobusiness of the Year – Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying; CSR ICT Company of the Year – Huawei Ghana; CSR Hospitality of the Year – Accra City; CSR SME of the Year – Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying; CSR Award for Education – Vodafone Ghana; and CSR Award for Production Standardization – Unilever Ghana.
Others are CSR FMCG of the Year – Guinness Ghana; CSR Insurance Company of the Year – Prudential Life Insurance; CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year – Guinness Ghana; CSR Telecom Company of the Year – MTN Ghana; CSR Practitioner of the Year – Gabriel Opoku-Asare; CSR e-Commerce of the Year – QNET; CSR Initiative of the Year – Ghana Garden and Flower Movement; CSR Company of the Year– MTN Ghana; and CSR CEO of the Year– Yolanda Cuba of Vodafone Ghana.
Kojo Williams, Lead Project Manager of the Centre for CSR, West Africa, noted that the Awards scheme seeks to encourage companies to do more for society, and when their socially-beneficial activities are given the spotlight it will inspire others to emulate same, or do even better. He clarified that the CSR CEO of the Year is awarded to CEOs who imbibe in themselves the best in their company’s CSR activities and projects, irrespective of the magnitude of their company’s CSR activations.
Centre for CSR West Africa is the sub-region’s leading CSR and Sustainability organisation. The Centre develops CSR and sustainability plans for corporates; organises training courses on CSR and Sustainability in collaboration with major universities; and organises the National CSR & Sustainability Conference and Ghana CSR Excellence Awards.