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Access bank, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Others Win Big At ECOSEA 2022

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L-R: Joshua Ajayi, Convener, Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA); Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Head, Sustainability, Access Corporation; and the representative of Water Resources Minister, Otunba Olufemi Olayemi Odumosu, Managing Director/CEO, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Abeokuta at the maiden edition of the Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA) held in Lagos last Wednesday.

Apart from a supercharged intellectual conference and the exhibition of some eco-friendly brands and services, outstanding sustainability professionals and organisations were also recognised for their giant contribution to environmental sustainability in Nigeria at the recently concluded Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo, and Awards 2022. Access Bank, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nestle Nigeria, and others won major Award winners at the maiden edition of ECOSEA.

The event themed: ‘Only One Earth: Towards a Safer Environment’ was held at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos on Wednesday, 2nd November 2022.

Access Bank clinched the Most Outstanding Company in Environmental Sustainability while Coca-Cola emerged as the Most Outstanding Beverage Company in Environmental Sustainability and the Award for the Eco-Friendly Food Manufacturing Company of the Year went to Nestle Nigeria.

Other recognised organisation includes The award for the Most Outstanding Agency in Environmental Sustainability (LAWMA); Award for the Most Outstanding Conglomerate in Environmental Sustainability (Dangote Group); Award for the Eco-Friendly Diaper Brand of the Year (Bebem Baby Diaper); Award for the Eco-Friendly Brand Campaign of the Year – Accelerating Zero (Standard Chattered); Award for the Eco-Friendly Media Campaign of the Year – Go Wild (Arise News/Wild Aid); Award for the Most Outstanding Broadcast Media in Environmental Sustainability Reporting (TVC News).

Others are Award for the Eco-Friendly FMCG Manufacturing Company of the Year (Hayat Kimya Nigeria); Award for the Eco-Friendly Cement Manufacturing Company of the Year (Lafarge); Award for the Eco-Friendly Bottled Water Brand of the Year (EVA Water); Award for the Eco-Friendly Bank of the Year (Access Bank); Award for the Eco-Friendly Brewing Company of the Year – International Breweries (AB INBEV); Award for the Eco-Friendly Dairy Company of the Year (Friesland Campina Wamco); Award for the Eco-Friendly Home Appliances Company of the Year (Haier Thermocool); Award for the Most Outstanding NGO in Environmental Sustainability (FABE International Foundation); Award for the Eco-Friendly Mattress Brand of the Year (Mouka Eco-Comfy Fibre Mattress); Award for the Most Outstanding Foundation in Environmental Sustainability (Sterling One Foundation); Award for the Eco-Friendly Dairy Brand of the Year (Peak Milk); and Award for the Eco-Friendly Insulation Manufacturing Company of the Year (Vitapur Limited).

Interestingly, outstanding individuals and players in the sustainability space were also awarded for their great performance for the year.

For the individual category, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan of Access Bank got the Award for the Eco-Friendly Champion of the Year (PRIVATE SECTOR); Nwamaka Onyemelukwe of Coca-Cola Nigeria won the Award for the Environmental Sustainability Professional of the Year (PRIVATE SECTOR; Titi Oguntuga of Lafarge won the Award for the Environmental Sustainability Professional of the Year (EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY); Ibrahim Odunboni of LAWMA also got the Award for the Eco-Friendly Champion of the Year (PUBLIC SECTOR); while Temitope Oguntokun of ABinBEV won the Award for the Environmental Sustainability Professional of the Year (BREWING).

L-R: Joshua Ajayi, Convener, Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA); Amaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria; and the representative of Water Resources Minister, Otunba Olufemi Olayemi Odumosu, Managing Director/CEO, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Abeokuta at the maiden edition of the Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA) held in Lagos last Wednesday.

ECOSEA which is a one-day event had three segments conference, expo, and awards. The conference brought together sustainability professionals to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the sector in three different panel sessions.

The first panel discusses ‘Smarter Waste Management For Safer Cities’ had the following panelists- Bernard Orji, Partner, Deloitte; Ibrahim Odumboni, MD/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); Amaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria; and Daniel Adedokun, Head of Geocycle, Lafarge.

The second panel had Godfrey Adejumoh, Head, Corporate Communications & Sustainability, Unilever Nigeria; Oluwarantimi Olaniyan, Business Lead, Quadrant MSL; Philip Isakpa, Publisher/Executive Editor, Business AM; Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Nestle Nigeria; and Mabel Adeteye, Head, Corporate Communications, TVC Communications with the topic ‘Evaluating The Role Of Communication In Environmental Sustainability’.

For the last panel session, the panelists were; Uchenna Achunine, Director, Business Development and Communication, Nigerian Conservation Centre (NCF), Peju Ibekwe, CEO, Sterling One Foundation; Yosola Onanuga, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager; WACOT Limited; Oluyomi Adodo, Environmental, Safety Manager, International Breweries; and Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Head, Sustainability, Access Corporation discuss on the topic Net Zero Emissions: The Journey to 2060”

There was also an Expo which was designed to showcase the latest innovative eco-friendly products and initiatives in the private and public sectors.

L-R: Joshua Ajayi, Convener, Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA); Ibrahim Odumboni, MD/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); and the representative of Water Resources Minister, Otunba Olufemi Olayemi Odumosu, Managing Director/CEO, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Abeokuta at the maiden edition of the Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA) held in Lagos last Wednesday.

In his welcome address, the Convener of ECOSEA and Publisher of Brand Communicator, Joshua Ajayi stressed that the event is the first step in an exciting journey he believes will continue for many years into the future. After formally thanking everyone present at the event he described as a convergence of stakeholders in environmental sustainability in both the public and private sectors, as well as development agencies in the sustainability space, he took time to highlight the goals of the annual conference.

According to the convener “Our goal for ECOSEA is to create an annual platform that would steadily become the largest foremost thought-leadership platform that champions the cause of environmentally sustainable actions in Africa.

“We also want to create an aspirational space people will gather annually to showcase innovative and environmentally friendly products, services, and initiatives. We equally want to be the most prestigious recognition platform for champions of environmental sustainability in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa while serving as a tool of inspiration to others”.

In his keynote speech, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu who was represented by Otunba Olufemi Olayemi Odumosu, Managing Director/CEO, Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Abeokuta, explained that in recent times, the earth’s natural system has been struggling to keep up with man’s unending demands in terms of food provision, clean water, medicines, climate regulation and protection from extreme weather conditions, hence, the urgent need for the human race to collectively act against further anthropogenic emissions of gases, as this not only hurts the earth, but everyone living in it because a healthy environment is essential for our continued survival and the achievement of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Speaking on the event’s theme, ‘Only One Earth: Towards a Safer Environment’ the minister further added: “Many people do not understand why we need to worry about the environment. They say that our major aim must be creating economic growth and jobs and that the green (environmental) agenda must take second place.

In the same vein, highly respected environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman, Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative (LUFASI) spoke more dramatically. His words, “We are in the midst of a crisis. Global warming, climate change, and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats that humanity has ever faced.

L-R: Godfrey Adejumoh, Head, Corporate Communications & Sustainability, Unilever Nigeria; Oluwarantimi Olaniyan, Business Lead, Quadrant MSL; Philip Isakpa, Publisher/Executive Editor, Business AM; Joshua Ajayi, Publisher, Brand Communicator/Impact Reports Africa & Convener, ECOSEA; Victoria Uwadoka, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Nestle Nigeria; and Mabel Adeteye, Head, Corporate Communications, TVC Communications at the maiden edition of Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA) held in Lagos last Wednesday.

“Humanity is waging war on nature. It’s suicidal. Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. Biodiversity is collapsing. One million species are at risk of extinction. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes …Human activities are at the root of our descent toward chaos. But that means human action can help to solve it.”

Below is the full list of Corporate and Individual Award Winners

Corporate Awards

  1. Award for the Most Outstanding Company in Environmental Sustainability – Access Bank
  2. Award for the Most Outstanding Beverage Company in Environmental Sustainability – Coca Cola
  3. Award for the Most Outstanding Agency in Environmental Sustainability – LAWMA
  4. Award for the Most Outstanding Conglomerate in Environmental Sustainability – Dangote Group
  5. Award for the Eco-Friendly Diaper Brand of the Year – Bebem Baby Diaper
  6. Award for the Eco-Friendly Brand Campaign of the Year – Accelerating Zero (Standard Chattered)
  7. Award for the Eco-Friendly Media Campaign of the Year – Go Wild (Arise News/Wild Aid)
  8. Award for the Most Outstanding Broadcast Media in Environmental Sustainability Reporting – TVC News
  9. Award for the Eco-Friendly FMCG Manufacturing Company of the Year – Hayat Kimya Nigeria
  10. Award for the Eco-Friendly Cement Manufacturing Company of the Year – Lafarge
  11. Award for the Eco-Friendly Bottled Water Brand of the Year – EVA Water
  12. Award for the Eco-Friendly Food Manufacturing Company of the Year – Nestle Nigeria
  13. Award for the Eco-Friendly Bank of the Year – Access Bank
  14. Award for the Eco-Friendly Brewing Company of the Year – International Breweries (AB INBEV)
  15. Award for the Eco-Friendly Dairy Company of the Year – Friesland Campina Wamco
  16. Award for the Eco-Friendly Home Appliances Company of the Year – Haier Thermocool
  17. Award for the Most Outstanding NGO in Environmental Sustainability – FABE International Foundation
  18. Award for the Eco-Friendly Mattress Brand of the Year – Mouka Eco-Comfy Fibre Mattress
  19. Award for the Most Outstanding Foundation in Environmental Sustainability – Sterling One Foundation
  20. Award for the Eco-Friendly Dairy Brand of the Year – Peak Milk
  21. Award for the Eco-Friendly Insulation Manufacturing Company of the Year – Vitapur Limited

Individual Awards

  1. Award for the Eco-Friendly Champion of the Year (PRIVATE SECTOR) –Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan (Access Bank)
  2. Award for the Environmental Sustainability Professional of the Year (PRIVATE SECTOR) – Nwamaka Onyemelukwe (Coca-Cola Nigeria)
  3. Award for the Environmental Sustainability Professional of the Year (EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY) – Titi Oguntuga (Lafarge)
  4. Award for the Eco-Friendly Champion of the Year (PUBLIC SECTOR) – Ibrahim Odunboni (LAWMA)
  5. Award for the Environmental Sustainability Professional of the Year (BREWING) – Temitope Oguntokun (ABinBev)

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