MTN Ghana won two awards at the recently organised Ghana CSR Excellence Awards in Accra, after coming tops in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Company of the Year and Best CSR categories.
Other award winners at the event were Tigo Ghana (CSR Telecom Company of the year), Unilever Ghana (CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year), Huawei Technologies (CSR ICT Company of the Year), Vodafone Ghana (Best CSR in Health), Airtel Ghana (Best CSR in Education) and Access Bank (CSR Bank of the Year).
The rest of the winners were: New Crystal Hospital, Melcom Group, Wire Weaving Industries and IPMC Ghana.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, James Asare-Adjei, president of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) observed that there was a paradigm shift in Ghanaian businesses’ attitude to CSR saying, “Many now understand that long term success means committing to a broad-based approach to socio-economic development”.
The approach, he said, included job creation, skills development, gender equity and positive environmental impact, stressing that, for every business to thrive, stakeholders’ inclusion was key.
Mr. Kojo Williams, Lead Project Manager for the event, said this year’s edition attracted close to about 120 entries and was the most competitive compared to previous events.
He said only 12 entries met the criteria and finally got awarded after thorough vetting and verification process, based on the European CSR Awards format.
Mr. Williams observed that businesses were beginning to appreciate social responsibility and sustainability, as they respond to the needs of society and environment in a pragmatic and impact-driven manner.
The Ghana CSR Awards was organised by the Centre for CSR West Africa, the sub-region’s leading CSR strategy development, policy and advocacy institute.
By Lawrence Markwei