The organizers of the sustainability, enterprise and responsibility awards otherwise known as The SERAS CSR Awards Africa have announced a list of sixty organizations that beat the deadline for the submission of entries for the 2018 edition.
The list of organizations include Ikeja Electric, NLNG, Audrey Park, FCMB, Shell, Union Bank, MTN Nigeria, First Bank, Century Energy, DHL, iSON Group, Lagos Food Bank Initiatives, Lekela, Brand Communicator, amongst others.
According to Founder of The SERAS, Mr. Ken Egbas, “We are indeed delighted at the quality of participation thus far. Noteworthy for us is the fact that we have so many first time entrants for The SERAS this year.
“For us, this clearly is an indicator of the wide acceptability of the works of TruContact CSR Nigeria-initiators of the awards, in promoting and standardizing corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Nigeria and Africa. We have continued to receive enquiries from organizations from other parts of Africa seeking to participate. This informed our decision to extend the deadline for entries coming from the southern and eastern Africa regions till August 17th, 2018. Next stage would be verification exercise which would see us going to the fields to verify and authenticate claims made by entrants and also gather visual materials for the judges’ panel.”
The annual SERAS CSR Awards, which first held in 2007, has grown to become the prime corporate awards promoting and measuring corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Africa. Key industry stakeholders rate the award as the industry gold standard recognition for impactful investment in CSR and sustainability. Though in its twelfth cycle, the eleventh edition saw participation from organizations from across Africa such as Angola, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Ghana for the first time.
It is the biggest event on the CSR & Sustainability calendar in Nigeria and Africa. From inception to date, the SERAS has registered 740 entries from 171 organizations (87 of them rate top in their industries). The theme for the 2018 awards is-Poverty Eradication Through Sustainability: Turning Challenges into Opportunities.
The edition of the awards seeks to uncover the brands that have walked their talks in real sense and unravel the links between investments/interventions and the actual impacts of those in communities where organizations do business and the general society at large.
The award is open to large, medium and small scale, not-for-profit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Twenty two honors would be up for grab in line with the sustainable development goals as set by the United Nations as well as three other broad categories.
The award ceremony where winners will be unveiled will hold on the 9th of November, 2018 at the Eko Hotels and Suites.