SERAS 2018 PRESS RELEASE

The SERAS-CSR Awards Africa Calls for 2018 Entry.

The organizers of The Sustainability, Enterprise and Sustainability awards, otherwise known as The SERAS CSR Awards have announced the call for entry for the 2018 edition. The 2018 edition would be the 12th edition of the awards which first held in 2007.

Over the years, The SERAS international positioning as the most glamorous, biggest and the most credible on the continent has taken a further leap with the participation of organizations from Nigeria, Angola, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Ghana amongst others. By 2017, the annual award had recorded its highest numbers in participation- 130 top organizations and 41 small and medium scale enterprises- making a total of 171 organizations that have taken part in the jostled for the gold standard award in CSR and sustainability in Africa.

The theme for this year is – Poverty Eradication Through Sustainability: Turning Challenges into Opportunities.
According to the founder of the awards, Ken Egbas, “the number 12 is a combination of two numbers; 1 stands for ‘staying positive’ and 2 which connotes ‘keeping the faith’. From inception till date we have remained positive that the objective we set out to achieve, which is- to lead the drive towards actualization of the sustainable development goals in Africa by enabling a platform that promotes, measures and harmonizes the contributions of private sector, governments/public sector and non-governmental organizations to attain set targets- would be met sooner than later. We have not arrived at this point where the platform has come to enjoy international recognition on our own, but through support and participation by multilevel organizations that share our dreams and aspirations of ensuring that Africa shines the light on the path of sustainable development and becomes a global example of how to meet the sustainable development goals by working together.”

The organizers also announced two new award categories besides the others in the line of the 17 sustainable development goals namely- No poverty; zero hunger; good health & well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water & sanitation; affordable & clean energy; decent work & economic growth; industry, Innovation & Infrastructure; reduced in-equalities; sustainable cities & communities; responsible consumption & production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace & justice & strong Institutions; Partnership for all goals
Entry for these awards open on April 26th and close on July 20th, 2018. Interested organizations are expected to log onto www.theseras.com to participate in the process.

The award ceremony shall hold on November 9th, 2018 at Eko Hotel, Lagos. Access Bank emerged as the most responsible organization in Africa after carting home a record seven categories and the overall prize as well at the 2017 Awards. Other organizations that had won the overall best company awards over the years include MTN, Coca-Cola, GTBank, ExxonMobil, Nigerian Breweries and Investec Bank South Africa.

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