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Centre for CSR launches seventh CSR Excellence Awards

By GNA Reporter

Accra, July 06, GNA – The Centre for Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR), West Africa, and its local and international
partners, have launched the seventh edition of the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards,
GHACEA 2017.

A statement issued by the Centre for CSR, West
Africa, and Copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Awards was launched at
the fourth National CSR & Sustainability Conference, in Accra.

It said the event was attended by many local
and multinational companies, aid agencies, academia, civil society and the
media.

It said the fourth National CSR and
Sustainability Conference was sponsored by Guinness Ghana, Tigo, Odebrecht
Ghana and supported by Ecoligo, a company that raises capital to finance low
cost solar energy to local businesses in emerging markets.

The Centre for CSR, therefore, urged small and
medium-sized enterprises; as well as large companies to submit details of their
CSR activities and projects they implemented between July 2016 and June 2017.

These would be vetted by a team of CSR
professionals and experts drawn from academia, regulatory agencies, business
associations, civil society organisations and the media.

The GHACEA is modelled after the European CSR
Awards with multi-stakeholder-participation and it measures companies’
compliance to best practices in CSR and Sustainability, especially their
impact-driven interventions and projects across Ghana.

The Association of Ghana Industry (AGI), a key
partner of the Awards, noted that the Awards scheme had contributed to the
improvement in the level of commitments and number of projects being
implemented by companies in Ghana to support society, the statement said.

The Director of Finance and Administration, Mr
Nathaniel Quarcoopome encouraged all socially-responsible companies to
participate in the Awards.

Mr John Kojo Williams, the Lead Project
Manager and Co-Founder of the Centre explained: “The GHACEA is one of the most
important awards any organisation should aspire to win”.

“This is because the Awards scheme measures an
organisation’s commitment to the triple bottom-line: People, Planet and
Profit,” he explained.

“It is no longer acceptable for businesses to
only consider profit as the main rationale for being in business; they have to
start giving accounts of their commitments to people, the environment and
society at large by implementing sustainable projects that address the needs of
society. This is the new acceptable way to do business.”

The Chief Representative of the Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr Hoshi Hirofumi, commended the
Centre’s efforts at ensuring that companies engaged in sustainable practices
towards people and the planet.

He mentioned that the popular Japanese KAIZEN
industrial philosophy which means: “change for better”, and which is being
deployed across Ghana by JICA to help the private sector improve, had
sustainability embedded in it.

Recently, the Centre for CSR, West Africa, was
acknowledged by the University of Cambridge, UK, for its contribution to the
University’s global research on “New CSR Model” which studied more than 400
firms.

Last year, MTN, Kosmos, Unilever, Guinness,
Tigo, Vodafone, Airtel, PwC, Samba Foods, Prudential Life, Odebrecht Ghana,
Huawei Technologies, Databank, Coconut Grove Hotel and Fidelity Bank made the
winning list.

The Centre announced that Business and CSR
newspaper; a business-oriented and CSR-focused bi-weekly publication, would hit
newsstands and offices across the country in July.

GNA

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