Our Flagship events and initiatives
CSR Excellence Awards (since 2011)
The CSR Excellence Awards is modelled after the European CSR Excellence Awards. It is presided over by a multi-stakeholder jury with reputable representatives drawn from academia, business associations, regulatory agencies, civil society organisations and the media. They evaluate every entry and vet its content against the criteria set out for each category.
The Ghana CSR Excellence Awards in its sixth year, evolved from the Ghana CSR Diary & Awards and was launched in 2011 by then Minister for Trade & Industry, Hon. Hanna Tetteh and the former President for the Association of Ghana Industry, AGI, Nana Owusu-Afari. Since inception, the Awards and its sister publication, the Ghana CSR Diary (magazine) have contributed immensely to creating and encouraging a culture of social responsibility among businesses in Ghana. Both initiatives have also helped demystify common misconceptions about CSR in Ghana, providing education and creating awareness about the global perspective of CSR within a local context. And in Ghana today, the awareness created has compelled almost every Award scheme to have a CSR aspect or category. The Ghana CSR Excellence Awards remains Ghana’s only CSR-focused Award scheme concentrating mainly on how businesses respond to their internal and external stakeholders, environment and society at large. The Awards scheme is extending its tentacles to other countries in the West African sub-region.
Ghana CSR Diary Magazine (since 2011)
The Ghana CSR Diary Magazine is Ghana’s leading Corporate Social Responsibility publication which catalogues the CSR activities of corporate organisations in Ghana and across the West Africa. It also contains articles on sustainability, community development and corporate social responsibility. It is circulated free of charge to captains of industry, business associations, companies, educational institutions, local and international NGOs, government and regulatory agencies, etc.
West African CSR & SDGs Conference 2016
In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) gave way to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as adopted by the United Nations. The Centre for CSR, West Africa is organizing a series of CSR and SDGs Conferences across the West Africa sub-region. The Conference will bring together, stakeholders to deliberate on what the SDGs mean for Corporate West Africa, who the key actors are and what they must do to contribute to the achievements of the goals.
- To understand what the SDGs are
- To identify major stakeholders and key actors for the SDGs in across West Africa
- To identify what needs to be done to achieve the SDGs
- To create more awareness about the SDGs
Attending: Local and international NGOs, development partners, government agencies, academia, think tanks, corporate West Africa, business associations and the media
CSR Reporting for Journalists
CSR Reporting for Journalists (Accra, Lagos, Abuja, Banjul, Abidjan, Monrovia and Freetown)
The media has been identified as a key stakeholder in helping create awareness about CSR and sustainability issues and helping put other stakeholders within the spectrum on their ‘doing or compliance’ toes. Unfortunately, many journalists are not familiar with the concept of sustainability, CSR, greening and how they interplay with the Sustainable Development Goals and what roles respective stakeholders should play in helping achieving set-goals.
Hence, the need for training on CSR & Sustainability. The workshop will be organised in Accra, Tamale, Lagos and Pretoria.
- Equip journalists with relevant information on sustainability, CSR, SDGs and how to measure impact and subsequently report on it.
- Sensitize journalists on their role as watchdogs and possible advocates for sustainability practices.
- Generate more media contents and publicity on CSR and sustainability.
Attending: Reps from local and international NGOs, development partners, government agencies, academia, think tanks and the media