THE
SERAS VISION

To remain the gold-standard recognition in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability.

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HOW
THE SERAS BEGAN

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ABOUT
THE SERAS STATUETTE

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MEET
THE SERAS 2017

JUDGES

Deborah Leipziger/President

Deborah Leipziger advises companies, governments and UN agencies on corporate responsibility (CR) issues.

She is the author of The Corporate Responsibility Code Book and SA8000: The Definitive Guide to the New Social Standard, among other books and publications. Her books have been translated into Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean. She has served on the board of a number of organizations, including Aviva Investors’ Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investment, and is a Member of the International Board, Instituto Ethos, Brazil.

Ms. Leipziger has worked in the field of corporate responsibility in the UK, the US, and the Netherlands. She is a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at the Lewis Institute at Babson. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Simmons School of Management and for two years has been a Lecturer at the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. She is a Professor at Hult International Business School and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship. Deborah had previously worked with TruContact CSR Nigeria to deliver high-level trainings on CSR and sustainability in Nigeria and also serves on the advisory board of The SERAS CSR Africa Awards.

Tunde Arogunmati/Vice–President

Tunde Arogunmati was former president of the Nigeria-Britain Association, with responsibilities for building and sustaining multi-lateral relationships between individuals and corporate entities in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

He is a specialist in business strategy, project management, international trade partnership development and management. He is also very involved with the Nigeria Economic Summit group.

Jonathon Hanks/Member

Founder and Director of Incite, Jonathon contributes to best practice sustainability / shared value strategy and reporting initiatives around the world. He has more than 20 years in the business sustainability field, Strategic, auditing and reporting advisory to wide range of clients – including listed corporations, NGOs and multinational organizations.

He is the Convener of international multi-stakeholder team responsible for drafting the ISO global standard on social responsibility (ISO 26000) and qualified ISO 14 001 auditor. He is a member of the Working Group of the South African Integrated Reporting Committee and of an Advisory Group to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) He is a visiting lecturer at UCT Graduate School of Business, the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and other academic institutions.

Maria Silanpaa/Member

Maria Silanpaa is an internationally recognized corporate social responsibility and sustainability leader. Prior to founding Sustainability Advisory Group (SAG), she held pivotal roles at The Body Shop International, KPMG and Accountability, and during her 20-year career in this field, has made pioneering contributions in the areas of strategy development, stakeholder engagement, human capital development, supply chain management, reporting and assurance.

Maria has made instrumental contributions to various sustainability standards and initiatives notably AccountAbility and its AA1000 series of standards. She sat on the founding board of Ethical Trading Initiative and on Global Reporting Initiative’s Technical Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2010. A selection of her clients includes AVIVA, BBC, Besix, The Co-operative Group, The Gap Inc., ING Bank,  Nakheel, Nike, Novo, Nordisk, Pfizer, Samsung, Shell, Siemens and Westfield. Maria’s publications include – The Stakeholder Corporation- A Blueprint for Maximizing Stakeholder Value, endorsed by global leaders as a seminal work. In 2009 she was ranked number three in advisory category of CSR international’s Top 100 CSR leaders. In 2011 she was nominated as one of the top 100 sustainability thought leaders in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

In Nigeria, she had also worked with TruContact CSR Nigeria in delivering bespoke mentorship CSR and sustainability leaders in many top Nigerian businesses.

Adesuwa Onyenokwe/Member

Adesuwa is a successful broadcaster who has spent the last 35 years in the industry promoting the rights of girls, women and children. It was her passion that led her to establish Todays Woman magazine, which she used in championing the causes of women and giving life to several of the issues facing the gender in Africa.

She is one of Nigeria’s most famous, respected and influential persons and till date she continues to use the power of television to draw attention to not only the plight of women, but also how to engender sustainable development in Africa.

Scott Walker/Member

Scott Walker is the founding Director of Nylon Consulting which provides public policy, public affairs and corporate sustainability advice to a range of clients – corporates, charities, and consultancies – across different sectors, both in the UK and overseas; he is also a Director at the award winning agency, Sermelo, which advises global clients on corporate affairs and strategic communications; and is an associate consultant for Kaleidoscope Futures, a strategy think tank working on future related issues.

He is also an Advisory Director at AudienceNet, a research firm that specializes in providing audience insight, data segmentation, building online communities, and producing rich data visualization. He uses design thinking in his work as the Social & Public Director at Matter Innovation, a specialist innovation consultancy.

He has also worked on an ad hoc basis as a training facilitator for an international capacity development organization specializing in delivering training, innovation, and consulting solutions to emerging economies. He has over 17 years professional experience advising a wide range of clients on complex issues covering a broad spectrum of Government Relations, Policy in the UK through working with NESTA (the UL’s Innovation charity), plus has advised Governments and numerous politicians.

Dr. Ini Usoroh/Member

Dr. Usoroh holds a Ph.D. in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development from Nottingham Trent University, U.K. He currently consults for several organizations in Nigeria and the UK.

He is executive direct at Royalmark (UK) Limited. Dr. Usoroh is enthusiastic about CSR, sustainability, sustainable development, social and environmental accountability, corporate communications, stakeholder relations/integration, transformational leadership, corporate governance, strategic policies, global best practices etc. He has published several articles for international journals in these areas.

Olusegun McMedal/Member

Olusegun McMedal is a media entrepreneur, public relations advisor and public commentator. He leads a vibrant team of highly skilled professionals who specialize in creating bespoke communication strategies for their clients in the areas of media relations, new media, branding, leadership, consumer affairs, government relations and entrepreneurship.

He is the current chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), that is the flagship and most populated chapter in Nigeria accounting for nearly 50% of PR practitioners in Nigeria.

He also serves as the chief reputation strategist at Upticomm Marketing Company. He is also involved in philanthropy and community service working as a volunteer and facilitator and mentor with FATE foundation. He is also a leading contributor to the ‘Read4AChange’ and ‘Think4AChange’ initiatives.

Indira Kartallozi/ Advisory & Member

Indira is the founder and director of Chrysalis Family Futures- a social enterprise that stands for protection and empowering of human and socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalized families and children.

Her work with Chrysalis Family Futures has taken her to various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Indira has sixteen years’ experience in advice on welfare, housing and immigrations right and her expertise ranges from issues of forced migration and human rights, to social entrepreneurship and gender equality.

She had previously served as President of The SERAS CSR Awards Africa judges committee from 2014- 2016. Upon completion of her tenure, the board of trustees insisted she remained on the committee to continue to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on the awards. It is also on record that The SERAS went through a series of innovations championed by that has now made the platform the most respected of its kind in Africa and the Middle East.

The SERAs 2017 Theme

Transformational Sustainability: From Social Responsibility to Social Impact

At the onset of the millennium, world leaders launched an ambitious global mission to reduce poverty and enhance human development. Africa and Nigeria was only able to attain a little under 15% of expected target impacts. But with the take-off of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by the United Nations, businesses have been urged to take the driver’s seat in actualizing this huge agenda. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon even describes business as a “vital partner in achieving the sustainable development goals”.

  • “I am very pleased with what I have seen and experienced at The SERAS. I love the effort at verifying everything sent in. This is really good for Nigeria and a model for Africa. This is a journey that has begun well. But we must go deeper in helping organizations to fulfill their roles in society. I am also very glad to have part of the jury process. I am sure as we go along, various aspects will even improve further”.

    Indira Kartallozi, founder/ Director Chrysalis Family Futures and President of SERAS jury

  • “I am very delighted about what I have seen about The SERAS. My team members also gave a very good report. This is a very potent export coming out of Nigeria. I am also impressed with the identities of the personalities I see behind the awards. It can only grow bigger surely. Well done!”.

    Nolan O’Neal, Chairman/ managing director, ExxonMobil Nigeria Upstream companies

  • “This is a very good program. I have been won over by the great depth of though involved in the process. I am sure that in the next few years, this awards would be something that the world would reckon with, as long as the brains behind it sticking with the vision and keep trying to expand its boundaries. Nigeria has so much to share with the rest of Africa, this has always been my view. Keep it up”.

    Mr. Reginald Ihejiahi – Former managing director, Fidelity Bank

  • “I consider The SERAS- CSR Awards to be one of the best things to have happened to corporate social responsibility and sustainability movement in Nigeria. The Social Enterprise Report which is a publication that comes out of the awards happens to rate amongst the very best I have seen not just in Nigeria or Africa, but also around the world. I am full of praise for Ken Egbas and team for a job well done. You guys have surely put Nigeria firmly on the global sustainability map with what you do. Best of luck in the future”.

    Mr. Keith Richards – Chairman and Former managing director, Promasidor

THE SERAs 2016 IN PICTURES

Partners & Participants