SUSTAINABILITY: Enter in the Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards
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THE ENTRY process for the 2017 edition of The Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility Awards, otherwise known as The SERAS CSR Awards Africa, is now open.
The awards, first held in 2007, The SERAS have grown to become the largest and most respected awards event aimed specifically at promoting and rewarding corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Africa.
Originally focused on West Africa, the 2016 edition of the event saw the awards extended into Southern Africa with entries received from organisations in various countries including Angola, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Ghana.
In fact, Investec Bank South Africa took home the overall prize and capped a beautiful night with multiple wins in various categories including, Best Company in Affordable and Clean Energy, Best Company in CSR/ Sustainability (Southern Africa), and Best Company Overall ( Most socially responsible company in Africa). Investec’s entry was for their clean energy Aurora wind farm project on the West Coast of South Africa that produces enough energy to power 50 000 homes. During construction it project created 450 local jobs, and it will remove 5.6 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
With the success of Investec in the 2016 edition of the awards, South African businesses are encouraged to enter what are now, truly pan-African awards.
Real World Results with Transformational Sustainability
In 2017, the SERAS are excited to open the competition further, with East African businesses now also eligible to enter. The team at the SERAS recognises that East Africa is one of the fastest growing, and most stable regions in Africa and has a well developed corporate and NGO sector, and all organisations from the region are encouraged to enter the awards within the various categories.
Widely acknowledged as the largest and most respected event on the CSR and Sustainability calendar across Africa, from inception to date the SERAS has registered 710 entries from 115 organisations.
The theme for the 2017 awards is Transformational Sustainability: From Social Responsibility to Social Impact, a theme that challenges corporates to ensure their social responsibility investments yield real world results.
At the onset of the millennium, world leaders launched an ambitious global mission to reduce poverty and enhance human development. Sadly, Africa has been able to attain only a little under 15% of expected target impacts.
Brands Championing Sustainability
There can be no doubt that brands and organisations are hurling themselves at sustainability and corporate social responsibility as if it is the answer to everything. Not a day passes without new announcements and claims of brands championing environmental and social issues on our behalf. Sales of ‘green’ products in stores have doubled between 2010 and 2012 and green advertising tripled in Africa between 2011 and 2014. Unfortunately however, a huge percentage of these advertising claims are actually ‘green washing,’ the term given to any marketing or brand claim around environmental or social issues that is false, misleading, or exaggerated.
This edition of the the SERAs seeks to uncover the brands that have walked their talks in the real sense, and to highlight and reward those investments and interventions that lead to actual impacts in communities where organisations do business and in the general society at large.
There are 25 awards categories that businesses can enter including, Best Company in Poverty Reduction, Best Company in Eradication of Hunger, Best Company in Promotion of Gender Equality, Best Company in Provision of Clean Water and Sanitation, Best Company in Affordable and Clean Energy, Best Company in Industry and Innovation, Most Sustainable Cities/Communities Award, as well as the regional award for Best Company in CSR/Sustainability East Africa.
The competition is open to large, medium and small scale, not- for- profit organizations, as well as public sector organizations.
Further details on how interested organizations can participate can be found on the awards website www.theseras.com. The SERAS CSR Awards will be held on November 17th 2017 at the prestigious Eko Hotel, Lagos.
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