SERAs 2020: Dangote wins multiple sustainability awards

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Eunice Sampson, GM/Head, Sustainability, Dangote; Hassan Salisu, GM, HR/Admin, DSR; Temitope Hassan, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, DSR; Evans Alonge, Head, HSE/Sustainability, DSR.

Dangote Industries Limited shone like a million stars as its subsidiaries clinched several awards at the just concluded 14th edition of the Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Responsibility Awards (SERAs).

Dangote Cement Plc won four major awards, including: The Best Company in Sustainability Reporting, Best Company in Stakeholder Engagement and Overall Winner – Africa (First Runner Up).

Another Dangote subsidiary, Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR), which was participating in the SERAS for the first time, won the award of Best Company in Poverty Eradication.

Dangote’s Head of Sustainability – Eunice Sampson also won the award of the CSR/Sustainability Professional of the year.

The SERAs is Africa’s leading Sustainability and CSR Award. Since inception in 2007, and up till 2019, the award has attracted over 1,242 from over 300 organizations. In the 2020 edition, 98 institutions participated from 7 African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

At this year’s award ceremony which held on Saturday December 12, 2020, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, The 2020 edition of the SERAs is themed ‘Decade of Action: Accelerating Sustainable Development in Africa Through Collaborations, focusing on identifying and recognizing organizations that are taking major strides in sustainability implementation and reporting, as well as the actualization of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals across Africa.

The event brought together sustainability experts, public relations practitioners, brand owners and public office holders. Notable amongst them is the Ekiti State Governor, His Excellency, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, who won the Sustainability Champion/Governor of the Year, for creating the Sustainable Development Goals Office, which oversees and coordinates the implementation of various SDG projects in Ekiti State.

Mr. Anthony Chiejina, Group Chief, Corporate Communications Dangote Industries Limited reacting to the company’s outstanding performance at this year’s SERAS said: “DIL’s approach is focused on mainstreaming sustainable practices and building this into the very fabric of the organization. ‘The Dangote Way’ underlines the importance that we attach to our people, communities and other key stakeholders.”

Also, the Head, Sustainability at Dangote, Eunice Sampson expressed satisfaction with the Dangote Sustainability journey, and the strong alignment that the business is establishing between its financial and sustainability performance, which, according to her, is in line with the ‘balanced scorecard principle of Sustainability.

The GMD, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Michel Puchercos congratulated the Dangote team and enjoined them to continue to champion the business objective of building a legacy company that would outlive many generations.