Guinness Receives Top Awards

Peter Ndegwa (L), MD, Rita Rockson (Communications Manager and Richard Ahiagble (Citizenship manager) with the Awards

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Ghana’s only total beverage business, on Saturday 24 November received two top awards at the maiden edition of the Ghana Industries Awards.

The event, held at the Banquet Hall of the State House, organized by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).

The awards seek to recognize, celebrate and reward deserving industrial businesses that excelled in 6 categories for the year 2011.

GGBL received the top awards for Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing and Best Company – Corporate Social Responsibility. This was in recognition of the company’s adherence to world class best practice in sustainable manufacturing across its entire operations – from sourcing to packaging – and for its community investment initiatives which have and continues to enrich lives and empower local communities across the country.

Nominations for the awards are made and voted for by AGI member companies. The other four categories were Overall Best Industrial Company, Best Employer of the Year, Fastest Growing Business of the Year and Young Enterprise Award.

Receiving both awards, Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of GGBL said, “Sustainability is central to our operations and cuts across everything we do as a business – from sourcing raw materials to packaging, from reducing our environmental impact to the sustainable impact we make in the lives of communities. Our commitment to adopt and adhere to the highest standards in sustainable manufacturing is one of the reasons why we remain the market leader in all the 5 drinks categories in which we compete – endearing us to the hearts of our cherished consumers”.

He continued, “The business is investing £26.4m to expand the production capacity of our flagship Kaasi brewery and a further £2.5m to revamp its Effluent Treatment Plant in the Kaasi brewery – to further improve the quality of waste-water discharged from the brewery — and a Biogas facility for the Achimota brewery”.

He thanked organizers of the awards and Corporate Ghana for nominating GGBL.

Speaking at Awards, AGI President, Nana Owusu-Afari, said, “This Awards will be positioned as the topmost industry awards to celebrate and recognise member companies who have excelled in the 6 categories.

“Through this, the AGI aims to promote high standards within its member companies.”

He continued, “On behalf of the AGI, I wish to congratulate all companies who were nominated and especially those who won in the various categories.”

GGBL has in recent times received multiple awards for its community investment initiatives. The company was in September awarded Second Best company in CSR at the prestigious Ghana Club 100 awards and its Water of Life programme – a commitment to enable sustainable access to safe drinking water to Ghanaians in vulnerable communities – was recognised at the Ghana CSR Diary and Awards 2012 on 16 November.

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