Business News of Monday, 12 November 2012

Source: thebftonline

17 companies to be honoured

Seventeen socially-responsible companies will on Friday, November 16 receive recognition for the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities they implemented between 2011 and 2012.

The annual Ghana CSR Diary, a free CSR magazine that catalogues corporate social responsibility activities of companies in Ghana, will also be officially outdoored.

The Ghana CSR Diary and Awards is endorsed by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), the Ghana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) with support from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Last year, Hanna Tetteh, Minister for Trade & Industry together with Nana Owusu-Afari, the AGI President, assisted by Mr. Jiro Inamura, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched the first edition of the Ghana CSR Diary & Awards.

Since then, more than 5,000 free copies of the Ghana CSR Diary have been distributed to government agencies, development partners, companies, media-houses, NGOs, and airlines among others.

Mr. Kojo John Olabode-Williams, Lead Project Manager for the Ghana CSR Diary & Awards said: “The concept of CSR is gradually getting demystified in Ghana. Many companies are beginning to appreciate the fact that CSR goes beyond mere donation to orphanages and that it includes adherence to standards and best practices that guide each company’s field of endeavour.”

He said: “This year, through the partnership of the two most influential business associations in Ghana (AGI & GCCI), we are recognising companies on the basis of the CSR activities they have implemented and submitted to us for verification.”

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Ghana CSR Diary & Awards…making CSR more meaningful and impacting’.