The Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) West Africa has announced the submission of entries for Ghana’s leading and longest-running corporate social responsibility (CSR) awards scheme, the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards, GHACEA.
GHACEA is open to all Ghanaian and foreign companies operating in Ghana. The Awards scheme, organised by the Centre for CSR West Africa, is supported by the Association of Ghana Industries, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, Plan International, Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters, FAGE, WestKomm PR, Integriti Media and more than 30 media organisations.
The GHACEA is structured like the European CSR Awards scheme with multi-stakeholder jury drawn from industry, business associations, academia, civil society organisations, government agencies and the media. It has grown to become the most coveted CSR awards scheme and is being replicated in other parts of West Africa namely Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal and the Gambia.
According to the Centre for CSR West Africa, entries will be accepted from any company registration in Ghana that has fulfilled the criteria for submission. The critical for submission include implementation of sustainable CSR interventions in education, heath, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, manufacturing standardization, corporate governance, support for the needy, any of the 17 SDG goals and in other areas. These interventions or projects must have been implemented between January 2018 and August 2019. Call of entries is open between Tuesday, 24th September to 18th October, 2019. Free entry forms, criteria and other information could be obtained via firstname.lastname@example.org or www.centreforcsr.com.
According to the Lead Project Manager and Co-Founder of the Centre explained, Mr. John Kojo Bode Williams: “The Centre for CSR is recording some considerable progress in its quest to educating the private sector and the general public about the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. More companies are beginning to treat CSR as a business concern, moving it from the corporate back-burner to the centre-stage in boardrooms.”
He posited that: “Companies can no longer make excuses for not giving meaningfully and sustainability to society. Doing business is no longer about just making profit, it is about creating meaningful value and sustaining it. Any business that jettisons its responsibility to its stakeholders and society at large, is denying itself the inbuilt benefits of social responsibility and its longevity as a business could be hampered.”
Nestle, SC Johnson, McDan Group, Fidelity Bank, MTN, Kosmos Energy, QNET, DataBank, Unilever, Guinness, Vodafone, Airtel, PwC, Odebrecht Ghana, Barclays, Huawei Technologies, Coconut Grove Hotel, Access Bank, Wire Weaving Industries, Accra City Hotel, Delta Airlines, Stratcomm Africa, Prudential Insurance have made the winning list in previous edition.
Companies will compete for awards in the following categories: CSR Company of the Year, CSR Practitioner of the Year, CSR SME of the Year, CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year, CSR Hospitality of the Year, CSR Non-bank Financial Institution of the Year, CSR Bank of the Year, CSR Consultancy of the Year, CSR eCommerce of the Year, CSR Award for Health, Education, Safety & Well-being, Greening & Environmental Protection, CSR Initiative of the Year, CSR Oil & Gas Company of the Year, CSR Real Estate Company of the Year, CSR Aviation Company of the Year, CSR Product Standardization, CSR Extractives Company of the Year, CSR Engineering Company of the Year, CSR ICT Company of the Year, CSR FMCG Company of the Year, CSR Telecom Company of the Year, CSR CEO of the Year, among others.