Dr Ken Egbas, CEO, Trucontact
TruContact CSR Nigeria, organizers of the annual Nigeria CSR awards otherwise known as The SERAs have announced that they have received a total of forty-seven entries from participating organisations for the 2015 Awards. Entries were received from ExxonMobil, Nigerian Breweries, Lafarge, Total, Cornerstone Insurance, Etisalat, BATN, Airtel, DHL, Nigerian Stock Exchange, FCMB, Promasidor, First Bank amongst others
The award billed to hold on November 14, 2015 at Shell hall, MUSON Centre at 6pm is Nigeria's top CSR and sustainability honour is in its ninth year. The awards process is designed to integrate principles and framework of the Global compact, global reporting Initiative and ISO 26000.
The SERAs is reputed to be the major promoter and force behind galvanizing businesses across various sectors and industries in Nigeria to imbibe the ethos of CSR and sustainability in Nigeria.
The theme of the 2015 awards is - Building partnerships for a sustainable future; business leadership as a catalyst for development. This seek to highlight the lessons learned from Nigeria's inability to completely attain the millennium development goals targets and building on the lessons of the MDG's to begin a move towards attaining the sustainability development goals (SDG's), and also promoting the vital roles that cooperation and partnerships will play in efforts to achieve the SDG's.
All is set for the commencement of verification and facility visit to projects and locations entered by the organizations. The SERA involves the production of an annual Nigeria Social Enterprise Report that documents the CSR and sustainability interventions of corporate organizations countrywide.
Meanwhile, the organizers have released a call for entry for the Tunmise Adekunle Awards for CSR reporting, a category introduce in 2009 to promote media excellence in reporting CSR and sustainability in Nigeria. Entries for this category close on September 21st, 2015.
To date the SERAs, which began in 2007, has registered more than 520 applications from 92 organisations from 13 different sectors of the Nigerian economy.