The organizers of the sustainability, enterprise and responsibility awards otherwise known as The SERAs CSR Awards Africa have unveiled a list of eighty-four organizations that beat the deadline for the submission of entries for the 2017 edition.
The corporate organizations include Fidelity bank, GTbank, Diageo, Lafarge, Sahara Energy, Shell, Chevron, Tolaram group, 9Mobile, FCMB, FrieslandCampina, Multichoice, Access Bank, NetCare SA, SOSA SA, Airtel, Nigerian Breweries, NCC, Safaricom, iSON group, Coca-Cola amongst so many others.
According to media officer of The SERAs, Mr. Michael Ogunbanwo, “We are indeed delighted at the quality of participation thus far. Noteworthy for us is the fact that we have so many first time entrants for The SERAs this year. For us, this clearly is an indicator of the wide acceptability of the works TruContact CSR Nigeria- initiators of the awards, in promoting and standardizing corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Nigeria and Africa. We have continued to receive enquiries from organizations from other parts of Africa seeking to participate.
This informed our decision to extending the deadline for entries coming from the southern and eastern Africa regions till September 10th, 2017. Next stage would be the verification exercise which would see us going to the fields to verify and authenticate claims made by entrants and also gather visual materials for the judges panel.”
The annual SERAs CSR Awards, which first held in 2007, has grown to become the prime corporate awards promoting and measuring corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Africa. Key industry stakeholders rate it as the industry gold standard recognition for impactful investment in CSR and sustainability. Though in its eleventh cycle, the tenth edition saw participation from organizations from across Africa such as Angola, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Ghana for the first time.
It is the biggest event on the CSR & Sustainability calendar in Nigeria and Africa. From inception to date, the SERAs has registered 710 entries from 115 organizations (87 of them rate top in their industries)
The theme for the 2017 awards is ‘Transformational Sustainability: From Social Responsibility to Social Impact’.
This edition of the awards seek to uncover the brands that have walked their talks in the real sense and unravel the links between investments/interventions and the actual impacts of these in communities where organisations do business and the general society at large.
The award is open to large, medium and small scale, not-for-profit organizations, as well as public sector organizations. Twenty honors would be up for grab in line with the sustainable development goals as set by the United Nations.