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Top telecommunications companies, fast-moving commodity goods manufacturers, industrialists, banks, engineering and construction companies, consultancies, airlines, hoteliers, local and international businesses in Ghana are ready for the 7th edition of the Ghana Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Excellence Awards (GHACEA) on 27th October in Accra.
Vodafone Ghana, Tigo, Guinness Ghana, Unilever Ghana, Odebrecht Engineering, Fidelity Bank, Unibank, Access Bank, Accra City Hotel, Coconut Groove Hotel, Wire Weaving Industries, Stratcomm Africa, Kingdom Concepts, Olam Ghana, MTN, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Delta Airline, Berock Ventures, Interplast, Puma Energy, Blow group and others have been shortlisted for various categories of the Awards.
The GHACEA is Ghana’s biggest social responsibility event bringing together all major players within the CSR and Sustainability platform in the country. The Awards is supported by the Association of Ghana Industries, the Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Integriti PR, Westkomm and many local and international media organisations. It is modeled after the European CSR Awards scheme with multi-stakeholder jury drawn from academia, media, civil society, business associations and regulatory agencies.
According to the Lead Project Manager, Mr. Kojo Williams, “Since its inception, the GHACEA has helped increase the level of awareness of the responsibility of corporate organisations to their stakeholders, environment and the society at large. There is a cumulative 53% increment in the number of companies that are participating or have participated in the GHACEA over the years. It means more companies are engaging in more sustainable socially-responsible practices, which is the major criterion for participating in the Awards scheme.”
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 rms.
At this year’s GHACEA, the Centre’s latest sector-focussed, but widely circulated newspaper, Business and CSR, will be officially launched. The bi-weekly publication will contain enviable CSR projects, initiatives and achievement of companies, scholarly articles, research findings, exclusive interviews and other business-friendly information. It will be circulated widely across Ghana, the West African sub-region and to other parts of the world where the Centre’s international stakeholders are located.