Ghana to host CSR, C’nity dev. forum

The Ghana Edition of the West African Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Development Conference 2015 comes off in Accra on Tuesday, June 23.

It is a sub-regional thought-leadership platform for creating awareness, discussing and sharing best CSR and community development practices across West Africa.

The conference is jointly supported by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Plan Ghana, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ghana CSR Diary and West Komm.

The conference, which is also supported by over 35 local and international media organisations in Ghana and across the sub-region, aims at driving sustainable development of the West African sub-region by aligning CSR and its actors with international best practices locally.

In a brief on the conference, Mr Kojo Williams, a CSR Advocate and Lead Project Manager for the conference, “Responses from stakeholders, especially corporate Ghana, have been very impressive. Our thought-leaders and conference speakers are all set.”

He named the speakers as Professor Ebo Hinson of the University of Ghana Business School; Professor Martin Gyambrah, Director of the University of Applied Management, Germany (Ghana campus); Mr. Prem Shukla, Country Director of Plan Ghana, Mr. Koji Makino, Country Director of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Mr. Seth Twum-Akwaboah, Chief Executive Director, Association of Ghana Industries, (AGI) and other seasoned professionals.

“Stakeholders across the sub-region, including the media, have called for a platform to discuss and learn more about CSR and community development, while demystifying popular misconceptions and weaving CSR around business growth agenda or wider societal impact and compelling competitive advantage. This annual conference is a direct response to that call,”he said

The conference, which is open to companies in Ghana and all stakeholders in the CSR and Community Development spectrum, will host speakers and facilitators from academia, industry, business associations, international development agencies, media and non-governmental organisations.

Registration is currently ongoing. Similarly, the conference will be organised in Nigeria and other West African countries.

This year’s edition of the West African CSR Excellence Awards (Ghana Edition), will be officially launched. The Awards seek to identify, verify, evaluate and reward socially-responsible activities of companies in Ghana and across the sub-region, as they contribute to national and sub-regional growth and prosperity.

Last year, more than 45 local and international media organisations attended the Awards ceremony where MTN, Nestle Ghana, Stanbic Bank, Huawei Technologies, Olam Ghana, Liberty Capital, McDan Shipping, Latex Foam and a few others were awarded.

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