Leading socially-responsible companies in Ghana have been awarded at the Ghana CSR Diary & Awards 2014 held on Thursday at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra. The Awards scheme is endorsed and supported Lby the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Ministry of Trade & Industry, Integriti PR and many local and international media organisations across the West African sub-region.
The Ghana CSR Diary & Awards was launched in 2011 by the former Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Hanna Tetteh and the former President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Nana Owusu-Afari.
Since 2011, more than 40 deserving corporate organisations that submitted their CSR activities annually and allow them to be subjected to verification and impact-assessment, have been awarded.
This year, MTN Ghana, Huawei Technologies, Stanbic Ghana, Fan Milk Ghana, Nestle Ghana, McDan Shipping, Melcom Group, Wire Weaving Industries, All Pure Nature, Latex Foam, New Crystal Hospital, Golden Sunbeam Schools, Mohinani Group, Olam Ghana, Interplast, Tech Need Girls (an ICT project for underprivileged female teenagers), were awarded.
Mr. Kojo Williams, Lead Project Manager for the Ghana CSR Diary & Awards explained: ‘This Awards scheme remains the most influential as far as Corporate Social Responsibility is concerned in Ghana. A few years ago, many companies believed CSR ended with donation to the needy. But today, more corporate organisations understand that CSR includes issues relating to staff welfare, adherence to acceptable industry standards, good corporate governance, protection of the environment and many more. We have contributed to the growing awareness on the importance of CSR to businesses and society in general.’
According to the Association of Ghana Industries: ‘We encourage companies to be socially-responsible and also allow their CSR activities to be evaluated so that value, impact and objectivity is enhanced.’
The third edition of the glossy Ghana CSR Diary, Ghana’s leading free CSR magazine was also unveiled. The Diary catalogues the CSR activities of companies that were awarded. The Diary is distributed widely to government agencies, business associations, companies, civil society organisations, the media, selected university libraries, development partners and the general public. More than 10,000 copies have been printed and distributed freely since its maiden edition.
The Ghana CSR Diary & Awards remains Ghana’s leading and most influential CSR advocacy scheme to identifying, interrogating, propagating, and rewarding CSR initiatives and projects implemented by companies across the country. This year edition was attended by captains of industry, government officials, civil society organisations, international development agencies and a host of media organisations spanning print, television, radio and online.
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