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Theme Rationale:

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.

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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)

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  • 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


  • Best Corporate Communication Team
  • Best Company in Sustainability Reporting
  • Best Company in CSR Reporting: Media (Television, Print, Radio, On-line)


  • SERAS innovation Prize
  • CSR/Sustainability Practitioner of the year
  • CEO of the year.

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