Over the last decade, Africa has continued to witnessed increased buy-in into the concepts of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
This has led to a greater understanding of the roles that key components, decision makers, and political and business leaders must play to make the actualization of the sustainable development goals possible across the various countries of Africa.
A recent research undertaken by The World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2018, showed slowed social progress even in the presence of economic progress in the advanced and emerging economies of the world. Thus, further widening social inequality, which has led to political polarization and erosion of social cohesion. The 2018 Inclusive Development Index (IDI) shows 20 countries in Africa listed amongst 103 globally. They are Algeria, Cameroun, Tunisia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Zambia, Chad, South Africa, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique in the order. Only Uganda and South Africa’s IDI’s ratio indicates slowly-advancing. All others are rated as ‘slowly receding’ or ‘unstable’.
This led to a worldwide consensus on the need for an inclusive and sustainable model of growth that promotes the highest possible living standard for all. Concise understanding of this new movement by critical stakeholders would help bridge the gap between aspiration and action.
ABOUT THE STATUETTE
ABOUT THE STATUETTE
We have a figure; it could be a man, woman, adult or child, or an organization in a position of advantage that extends a hand of friendship to another. In fact, the figure bends over double to assist that person who for the moment is down there- who needs help or leverage. However, as we are all aware, in life, the only thing that is constant is change.
The one, who is down today, may indeed have the advantage tomorrow. As the figure bends over the double, to make a difference, to make an impact, to reach out and touch somebody’s hands, to make this world a better place…the muscles and backbone stretch, the helper can feel a twitch of discomfort as the finger stretch to make with the other.
And as the hands touch, the eyes connect… for the moment in time, a bond is forged, a connection made… a life saved, enriched and a warm golden blow to hope and love engulfs both parties both the giver and given… hope, love, faith is rekindled.
For that infinitesimal moment in time as the figures touch… there is a burst of hope and the weary earth rejoices.
The figure represents LIGHT … light to show the way to a better and brighter future for mankind and the universe. It is said that, it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness; Light that illuminates what is good and right about us all… and banishes our ills not just today… but forever.
***R.S. Owens produces the prestigious SERAS statuette – (They are also makers of the renowned OSCARS and Golden Globe Statuettes)
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Best Company in Poverty Eradication
Best Company in Eradication of Hunger & Food Security
Best Company in Promotion of Good Health & Well-Being
Best Company in Education
Best Company in Promotion of Gender Equality & Women Empowerment
Best Company in Infrastructure Development
Best Company in Provision of Water & Sanitation
Best Company in Provision of Clean & Affordable Energy
Best Company in Partnership for Development.
Best Company in Climate Action
Best Company in Environmental Excellence
Best work place practices
Best Company in Stakeholder Engagement
Best company in supply chain management
Not-for-Profit of the year
Social Enterprise Award
PR AND MEDIA RELATIONS
Best Corporate Communication Team
Best Company in Sustainability Reporting
Best Company in CSR Reporting: Media (Television, Print, Radio, On-line)
LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE
SERAS innovation Prize
CSR/Sustainability Practitioner of the year
CEO of the year.
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““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”. .”
“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!””
Mr. Reginald Ihejiahi
“ “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”