Lafarge Africa has won awards at the 12th Africa Social Enterprise Report Awards (SERAs), recognising the company’s unflinching and consistent commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development. The company won the categories of Best Company for Clean and Affordable Energy and Best Company for Education.
The company was also ranked as first runner up for the biggest prize of the night: the CSR Africa Award 2018. It also placed as first runner up for the Sustainability Practitioner of the Year award, for Temitope Oguntokun, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Brand for Lafarge Africa.
Overall, the company was nominated in the following seven categories: best company in eradication of poverty, best company in education, best company in affordable and clean energy, best company in climate action, best company in supply chain management, best company in stakeholder’s engagement, and CSR sustainability practitioner of the year. The company was ultimately awarded one of the highest number of awards among the corporate organisations at the event.
The company has stated that the awards will spur its commitment to sustainable social investments across the country. This will particularly be the case in the areas of provision of shelter and infrastructure, youth and economic empowerment, education, health, safety, and the environment.
Directly impacting more than 450 000 beneficiaries across its host communities and Nigeria in general, in 2017 the company invested heavily in multiple social investment programmes and initiatives across the country.
Since 2014, the company has complemented the efforts of the Nigerian government to improve primary education through the Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition. More than 500 000 public primary school pupils have so far been impacted across 544 local government areas of Nigeria.
With numerous corporate responsibility projects being delivered across the country, the company has stated that it is built on the principles of sustainability. It is contributing its quota to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are to be realised by 2030, with the LafargeHolcim 2030 Plan focusing on the climate, circular economy, water and nature, and people and communities.
“This is not philanthropy, it is about defining our role towards the society, while at the same time creating value for our shareholders, customers, employees, communities, and society at large,” said Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, Director of Communication and Public Affairs. “Adding value to our stakeholders and the lives of Nigerians, especially in communities where we operate, remains a focal point for Lafarge Africa.”
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