Accra, August 21 2014: Airtel Ghana, Award winning CSR Company of the Year has partnered with a Local recyclingcompany called Akosombo Paper Mill, a leading producer of tissue papers to collect and recycle waste paper generated by Airtel Ghana.
The sustainability initiative falls under Airtel Ghana’s Flagship internal Corporate Social Responsibility project called Make a Difference Day (MADD), which encourages its employees to get involved in their local communities by identifying and supporting sustainable projects within their communities or lending a hand towards a charity project which they are passionate about.
Akosombo Paper Mill will collect the paper through one or more of its logistics partners and will recycle them into specialty paper production at its plant in Akosombo.Airtel will support this and utilize its contacts across the value chain in order to make its suppliers and vendors aware of this new opportunity. The initiative will increase the recycling options available in the market and will help divert paper waste from landfills and other dumping sites.
“Thanks to the collaboration, this program will offer end-users an opportunity to increase their overall environmental performance” says Michael Sarkodie, Managing Director of Akosombo Paper Mill. “Such programs also reinforce the position of paper as a uniquely sustainable material for the country” he added.
Airtel Ghana supports this initiative, as engaging its employees and value chain partners in driving self-sustaining waste recycling programs.The initiative is a comprehensive recycling program that makes recycling and waste reduction options available to all employees.
Donald Gwira, Head of Corporate Communications, External Affairs and CSR said “We are committed to environmental sustainability and are proud that we are collaborating with our employees to make a positive impact.”
He added that notwithstanding, staff should not generate more paper waste with the aim of meeting the needs of this initiative but to be mindful of also savingthe treesof which we are committed to as well. He therefore, urged staff to print when necessary and red all official waste paper which will become the inputs for the recycling initiative. .
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel crossed the 300 million customers across its operations at the end of July 2014. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com
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