Ecom, a leading global commodity merchant and sustainable supply chain management company, picked up three awards at the 18th Edition of the Ghana Club 100 Awards in Accra.
The company’s subsidiary, Agro-Ecom Ghana Limited, was ranked the 10th Best Company in Ghana as well as the Best New Entrant into Ghana Club 100. Its logistics subsidiary, KITEKO Ghana Limited, was adjudged the 26th Best Company in Ghana.
The awards ceremony was organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre under the theme ‘Agriculture: The Bedrock of Ghana’s Economy’.
Commenting on the awards, Country Director of Ecom Ghana, Muhammadu Muzzammil said: “We achieved this because of our passion for working toward building wealth for farmers and our entrepreneurial spirit that continuously brings innovation to our business practices”.
The awards were received on behalf of the company by Muhammadu Muzzammil S-Country Director of Ecom Ghana; Onyina Acheampong Akwasi Gyamfi, General Manager of KITEKO Ghana; and Andy A. Bonsu, Acting General Manager, Agro-Ecom Ghana Limited.
The company operates five subsidiaries including AgroEcom Ghana Limited; Crop Doctor Ghana Limited; KITEKO Ghana Limited; Sustainable Management Services; and UNICOM Commodities Ghana Ltd. 6,000 people work directly and indirectly with Ecom Ghana.
Over 150,000 farmers are presently benefitting from the company’s entrepreneurship initiatives, which are geared toward helping build rural prosperity. Ecom Ghana provides advisory services, training and support to farmers on productivity, quality, certification, crop diversification, environmental and other broader social issues.
The company is a long-term trade partner to Ghana Cocoa Board. Its subsidiaries – Agro Ecom Ghana Limited and Unicom Commodities Ghana Ltd. in partnership with COCOBOD – operate the largest sustainability programme in Ghana to provide traceable and sustainable cocoa from Ghanaian farmers to chocolate manufacturers in Europe and USA.
Ecom actively invests in farmer capacity-building to move them from subsistence farming into farming as a business through coaching on best practices. The company also engages in additional livelihood projects which support income diversity. Ecom, through its subsidiary Crop Doctor, provides High Quality Agro Chemicals and Farm implements at affordable prices to enhance farm productivity.
In 2009, KITEKO Ghana Limited was incorporated as a subsidiary of Ecom Ghana to provide transport and logistics services. KITEKO Ghana Limited runs a large logistics fleet of 200 trucks, and has 60,000/m2 of warehousing space for efficient operations. It hauls for AgroEcom Ghana Limited and UNICOM Commodities Ghana Ltd.
Through its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, Ecom Ghana has provided infrastructure developments in Health, Access to Potable Water and Education. The company has refurbished 7 hospitals and 35 schools, installed over 300 boreholes, distributed 50 computer classrooms, and invested GH¢1.4million with the Otumfuo AgroEcom mobile learning platform, providing ICT training to rural kids.
The Ghana Club 100 is an annual compilation of the top-100 companies in Ghana which have excelled in growing their business operations in the year under review. The Ghana Club 100 is about corporate excellence. Companies making it into the Ghana Club 100 are to serve as role-models for the private sector and provide a forum for corporate Ghana to interact with government at a high level.
Its mother company, Ecom Agroindustrial Corp., is celebrating its 170th year in the agriculture sector, and next year marks 20 years of its association and presence in Ghana.