The second edition of Responsible Business and Leadership Awards
(RBLEA) has been launched in Accra with nominations opened to businesses and individuals across different sectors of the economy.
The awards ceremony, which will cover sectors such as finance, technology, health care, manufacturing, retail, civil society, among others, aims to encourage responsible business leadership and honour individuals and institutions for their dedication and accomplishments in support of responsibility and sustainability.
Submission of entries starts on Friday, January 27, 2023, and ends on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
To facilitate ongoing capacity development, a two-day summit on responsible business practices and leadership has been integrated into this year’s event.
A statement issued by the organisers in Accra yesterday said the event would feature a blend of panel discussions, presentations by key leaders, hands-on interactive lectures.
Speakers from some of the biggest businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are being lined up to discuss pertinent issues that can help businesses become more responsible and sustainable.
The summit and awards ceremony are organised by Ion Africa Business, Ianmatsun Global Services and CSR Training Institute.
The events are under the theme ‘Responsible Business: The Sustainable Path to profitability’.
The two-day summit is scheduled for Wednesday to Thursday, April 26-27, 2023, while the awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2023.
Professor Wayne Dunn, President of the CSR Training Institute and former Professor of Sustainability at McGill, stated that responsible business was the only smart way to do business today.
“The businesses participating in the Responsible Business Awards and Summit are leaders positioning themselves and their employees for long-term sustainable success. The path to profitability passes directly through responsible business practices, SDG impact and, sustainability,” he said.
Managing Director of Ianmatsun Global Services, Isaac Adu-Gyamfi, indicated that the purpose of the summit is to bring together a mix of Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) companies and individuals, along with civil society and regulators to understand and address the tough challenges and map a sustainable future for the industry in a responsible manner.
“Companies must juggle the realities of driving short-term successes and profits whilst delivering strategies and investments that will ensure action on sustainability accelerates, securing the long-term survival of the business.
Mr Adu-Gyamfi said the criteria for shortlisting nominees would be based on some key performance indicators (KPIs) and a survey by the Market and Consumer Insight, a research company that would handle the technical aspects of the awards.
The awards have been divided into three main categories, including the Initiative Awards, the Industry Awards and the Individual Awards.
BY TIMES REPORTER
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