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Accra, Ghana. 23rd September, 2016 –Captains of industry, chief executive officers and corporate leaders attended the 6th edition of the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards, the GHACEA, which has become the industry benchmark since 2011 and organised by the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), West Africa. It was held at the Lapalm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra on 23rd September, 2016.

MTN, Kosmos, Unilever, Guinness, Tigo, Vodafone, Airtel, PwC, Samba Foods, Prudential Life, Odebrecht Ghana, Huawei Technologies, Databank, Coconut Grove Hotel and Fidelity Bank made the winning list on the night and were well represented by top management-level directors and chief executives.

Underlining criteria for the Awards included commitment to sustainability, beneficiary-focused initiatives, implementation of result-oriented CSR initiatives within the period under review and proven commitment to the triple bottomline (people, planet, profit). Entries are subjected to stringent verification and evaluation processes presided over by a multi-stakeholder jury drawn from academia, business associations, civil society organisations, regulatory agencies, international development partners and the media.

Speaking at the Awards, Mr Joe Tackie, Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Development Strategy, a portfolio situated at the Ministry of Trade & Industry and the Office of the President reiterated that: “Development is a collaborative effort and a painstaking exercise that requires commitment to standards. We are growing as a nation and our cumulative growth as a people is inclusive of the growth of the private sector. As government is striving to create the enabling environment for businesses, other stakeholders expect that businesses remain socially responsible and embrace sustainable practices.”

“The GHACEA is becoming more competitive every year and we are beginning to receive entries from sectors of industry that would usually not bother so much about CSR & Sustainability. This means that our CSR advocacy with supports from notable organisations like the UNDP, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Chamber of Commerce and others, is pushing companies to be more socially responsible and sustainability conscious,” Mr. Kojo Williams, Lead Project Manager revealed.

The GHACEA has injected a new paradigm into how businesses give back to society. Companies are now becoming more informed about their roles in society and beginning to weave social responsibility and sustainability around their core business mandate. This is a departure from the erstwhile ad-hoc and one-off approach to CSR.

The GHACEA was first held in 2011, when it was launched by then Minister for Trade & Industry, Hon. Hanna Tetteh, supported by the President of Association of Ghana Industries and the Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA. The 6th edition of GHACEA (2016) was launched by the President of the Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters, Mr. Anthony Sikpa, supported by the Chief Representative of JICA, Mr. Koji Makino and officials from the UNDP, AGI and other stakeholders in June, 2016 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra.


The Complete list of winners at the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards 2016:


CSR Company of the Year (MTN)

CSR Practitioner of the Year (GIFTY OSEI-BOAKYE BINGLEY – TIGO)


CSR Telecom of the Year (MTN)

CSR Bank of the Year (FIDELITY BANK)

CSR Insurance Company of the Year (PRUDENTIAL LIFE INSURANCE)

CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year (UNILEVER GHANA)


CSR Engineering Firm of the Year (ODEBRECHT GHANA)

CSR Extractive Company of the Year (KOSMOS ENERGY)



CSR Hospitality Organisation of the Year (COCONUT GROVE BEACH RESORT)

CSR Non-Banking Financial Institution of the Year (DATABANK)

CSR Initiative/Campaign of the Year (TIGO’s SHELTER FOR EDUCATION)


CSR Award for Health (VODAFONE GHANA)

CSR Award for Education (TIGO)

CSR Award for Safety & Well-Being (VODAFONE GHANA)

CSR Award for Greening and Environmental Protection (UNILEVER GHANA)

CSR Award for Production Standardization (GUINNESS GHANA)





The 6th Edition of the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards has been launched by the President of the Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters, Mr. Anthony Sikpa and supported by the UNDP National Coordinator for SDG Philantrophy Platform, Ms Pearl Darko, the Director of the University of Applied Management, UAM, Germany (GH Campus), Prof. Martin Gyambrah, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, Mr. Koji Makino, Mr. Nathaniel Quarpoome, Director of Finance and Administration, Association of Ghana Industries, AGI and Dr. Jemima Nunoo of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA.

The official launch took place at the closing-line of the CSR & SDG Conference held at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra on May 27, 2016.

Top categories for the GHACEA include: CSR Company of the Year, CSR Practitioner of the Year, CSR CEO of the Year, CSR Telecom of the Year, CSR Bank of the Year, CSR Insurance Company of the Year, CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year, CSR FMCG of the Year, CSR Agrobusiness of the Year, CSR Aviation Company of the Year, CSR Real Estate Company of the Year, CSR Engineering Firm of the Year, CSR Mining Company of the Year, CSR SME of the Year, CSR ICT Company of the Year, CSR Hospitality Organisation of the Year, CSR Service Organisation of the Year and the CSR Initiative/Campaign of the Year. There will be CSR Awards in Health, Education, Environment Protection, Community Development, Internal CSR, Health and Safety and a few other categories.

The Ghana CSR Excellence Awards, modeled after the European CSR Awards is now an industry benchmark for CSR and Sustainability in Ghana and gradually replicating same across the subregion. Multi-stakeholder jury draw from academia, media, civil society, regulatory agencies, etc vet every entry submitted for the Awards.

Entries are open from May 27, 2016 to June 27, 2016. For the Application form, Awards categories, criteria and other enquiries, kindly send a mail to: centreforcsr@outlook.com or call +233 242903392 or +233 302789077



Ghana CSR Awards


  • The Centre for CSR, West Africa organizes West Africa’s biggest CSR Excellence Awards in Ghana and soon to be replicated in Nigeria and other West African countries. CSR Excellence Awards is modelled after the European CSR Excellence Awards.
  • The CSR Excellence Awards is presided by a multi-stakeholder jury with reputable representatives drawn from academia, business associations, regulatory agencies, civil society organisations and the media.
  • 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 and across West Africa.
  • The initiative has helped demystify common misconceptions about CSR, providing education and creating awareness about the global perspective of CSR within a local context. In Ghana and Nigeria, the awareness created by the Centre, has compelled almost every notable Award scheme to have a CSR aspect or category.
  • The Nigerian, Gambian, Sierra Leonean and Liberian versions of the CSR Excellence Awards are in the advanced stage of planning and implementation.
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