President Khama, Others To Grace 2016 SERAS CSR Awards
The curtain finally falls on the 2016 edition of The SERAS CSR Awards Africa, which holds on 11th November at Shell Hall, MUSON Centre Onikan at 6pm. The SERAS, which is the prime platform on the African continent promoting corporate social responsibility and sustainability, marks it 10th anniversary with this edition.
There are 27 awards categories to be decided by the distinguished panellists that constitute the jury. The award categories would be in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the dignitaries gracing this year’s awards ceremony include Lt. Gen. Khama Seretse Ian, Khama, President of The Republic of Botswana- who is billed to receive the 2016 ‘sustainability champion’ awards for the leadership role he played in ensuring that Botswana posted one of the most outstanding results amongst African countries in the millennium development goals targets that ended on 31st December, 2015.
Also billed to grace the event is H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the executive governor of Kano state who would be showcasing his government’s interventions in SDGs 2 (zero hunger) and 4 (quality education) respectively. The former governor of Cross River state and presidential aspirant, Mr. Donald Duke would deliver the keynote address entitled- Innovation and the future of sustainability in Africa. Others include Dr. Christopher Kolade (CON), pro-chancellor and chairman governing council of the Pan-Atlantic University and Senator John Owan Enoh -Chairman, finance committee of the Nigerian Senate.
To commemorate this milestone, the organizers of the awards also announced a special category of awards for the top three participants at The SERAS over the last decade. Their ratings would be based on their overall position per year as well as total number of individual categories won over same period under review. These companies would receive for the first time in the history of the awards a prestigious all-gold statuette designed by R.S Owens, makers of The OSCARS and Golden Globe awards statuettes.
The SERAS – CSR Awards is an annual project which aims of promoting as well as raise awareness about the roles organizations play with emphasis on their responsibility towards stakeholders and the social development of Nigeria and Africa. The SERAs, Nigeria’s first and premier Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards which now also features participation from countries around Africa, aims to substantiate the case that corporations who are socially responsible stand to gain huge benefits in regards to the triple bottom line – economic, social and environmental capital.