Other award winners included Tigo Ghana, the CSR Telecom Company of the year, Unilever Ghana, CSR Manufacturing Company of the year, Huawei Technologies, CSR ICT Company of the year, Vodafone Ghana, best CSR in Health, and Airtel Ghana as best CSR in Education, while Access Bank won the CSR Bank of the year.
The rest were the New Crystal Hospital, Melcom Group, Wire Weaving Industries and IPMC Ghana.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was recognised for its support to the private sector, Theovision International was also recognised for rural development, Plan International for community development and sustainability, and the University of Applied Management for developing human capital for leadership and sustainability.
The Awards were organised by the Centre for CSR West Africa, and supported by the Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, JICA, Plan International, Westkomm and the Ghana CSR Diary Magazine.
Mr Kojo Bode-Williams, Lead Project Manager for the Awards, said this year’s edition was competitive because 120 entries were submitted and after a thorough and competitive vetting and verification process, 12 companies got awarded.
He noted that the Awards sought to identify, verify, evaluate and reward socially-responsible activities of companies in the country and across the sub-region, as they contributed to national and sub-regional growth, sustainability and prosperity.
Mr Bode-Williams said companies were beginning to understand and appreciate social responsibility and sustainability as well as the effort to respond to the needs of society and the environment.
Mr James Asare-Adjei, President of AGI, commended the organisers for the event saying their efforts demonstrated their commitment to supporting CSR programmes and not only focusing on profit.
Mr Asare-Adjei said the Millennium Development Goals had given way to the Sustainable Development Goals and that was a clarion call for businesses to do more for businesses to keep thriving.
He urged companies to consider CSR as a long term investment and commended organisations, who in spite of the economic hardships engaged in CSR activities and expressed the hope that they would serve as inspiration for companies to emulate.