Ahead of the 2015 SERAs awards, TruContact CSR Nigeria, organisers of the annual Nigeria CSR awards have announced that a total of 47 entries have been received from participating organisations.
The outfit revealed that some of the entries received are from: ExxonMobil, Nigerian Breweries, Lafarge, Total, Cornerstone Insurance, Etisalat, BATN, Airtel, DHL, Nigerian Stock Exchange, FCMB, Promasidor, First Bank amongst others
It would be recalled that the award which is Nigeria’s top CSR and sustainability honour enters in the ninth year; its process is designed to integrate principles and framework of the Global compact, global reporting Initiative and ISO 26000.
The SERAs is reputed to be the major promoter and force behind galvanising businesses across various sectors and industries in Nigeria to imbibe the ethos of CSR and sustainability in Nigeria.
According to the organisers the theme of the 2015 awards is tagged: ‘Building partnerships for a sustainable future; business leadership as a catalyst for development,’ adding that this theme seeks to highlight the lessons learned from Nigeria’s inability to completely attain the millennium development goals targets and building on the lessons of the MDGs to begin a move towards attaining the sustainability development goals, SDGs, and also promoting the vital roles that cooperation and partnerships will play in efforts to achieve the SDGs.
The organisers further informed that all is set for the commencement of verification and facility visit to projects and locations entered by the organizations. The SERA involves the production of an annual Nigeria Social Enterprise Report that documents the CSR and sustainability interventions of corporate organizations countrywide.
Meanwhile, the organisers have called for entries for the Tunmise Adekunle Awards for CSR reporting, a category introduced in 2009 to promote media excellence in reporting CSR and sustainability in Nigeria. Entries for this category close on September 21st, 2015.
To date the SERAs, which began in 2007, has registered more than 520 applications from 92 organisations in 13 sectors of the economy.
The Awards ceremony is billed to hold on November in Lagos.

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