Top telecommunications companies, fast-moving commodity goods manufacturers, industrialists, banks, engineering and construction companies, consultancies, airlines, hoteliers, local and international businesses in Ghana gathered for the 7th edition of the Ghana Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Excellence Awards (GHACEA) on October 27, 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, MTN, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Delta Airline, Huawei Technologies, won various 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 53percent 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-focused, but widely circulated newspaper, Business and CSR was outdoored.
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.
Below is the full list of winners for the 7th GHACEA:
CSR Award for Safety & Well-being—MTN Ghana
CSR Award for Greening & Environmental Protection –Unilever Ghana
CSR Award for Health– Vodafone Ghana
CSR Award for Education—Tigo Ghana
CSR Award for Product Standardization—Wire Weaving Industries
CSR Aviation Company of the Year—Delta Airlines
CSR Consultancy/Service Organization of the Year—PwC
CSR Hospitality Organization of the Year— Accra City Hotel (Winner) (Coconut Grove Hotel -Runner Up)
CSR Engineering Company of the Year—Odebrecht Engineering
CSR Bank of the Year—UniBank (Winner) (Access Bank – Runner Up)
CSR ICT Company of the Year—Huawei Technologies
CSR Manufacturing Company—Guinness Ghana
CSR FMCG Company—Unilever Ghana
CSR Telecom of the Year—Vodafone Ghana
CSR Initiative/Campaign of the Year —UniBank’s One Ghana Project & the bank’s contribution to Operation Smile
CSR Practitioner of the Year—Robert Kuzoe (MTN Ghana)
CSR Partnership Initiative —Tigo Ghana
CSR Company of the Year—Guinness Ghana
CSR CEO of the Year—Esther Cobbah (CEO, Stratcomm Africa)