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Tanzanian firms leading in East African CSR shortlist

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    3rd May 10
    Tanzanian firms leading in East African CSR shortlist

    The Guardian Reporter

    Shortlisted companies for the East African Corporate Social Responsibility Award will receive their prizes tomorrow, according to a shortlist of competitors issued at the weekend in which Tanzania firms came leading in most categories.
    The organisers of the award East African Business Council (EABC) and Bank M announced in a statement issued by africapractice.
    The prestigious awards have received a high number of entries from leading businesses across the EAC region including both local companies and international players, the statement said.
    According to the statement companies shortlisted in the Best Workplace Practice Award are Safaricom Foundation for the ‘The Safaricom Foundation World of Difference Project’, Exim Bank for ‘Exim-eM-Power’, Unilever Tea Tanzania for the ‘HIV/Aids Workplace Programme’, Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd and Unilever Tea Tanzania Ltd for the ‘Lightening Detection System’ and, Barrick Gold for ‘Employees Development and Capacity building’.
    In the Environmental Excellence category the winners are Unilever Tea Kenya Limited for ‘HIV/Aids Community Involvement’, KenCall for ‘Kenya Farmers Helpline’, Nile Breweries Limited for ‘"From Grain to Glass" - reducing HIV/Aids in Our Supply Chain’ and, Sandali Wood Industries Limited for ‘Responsible Chain of Custody’
    In the Most Ethical and Responsible Business Practice for Supply Chains category, the shortlisted firms are Eastern Produce Kenya Ltd for ‘EPK Sustainable Environmental Management Programme’, Zain Tanzania for ‘CSR Environmental Projects for Zain Tanzania’, Crown Foods Ltd for ‘From Brand Leader to 'Green' Leader’, Unilever Tea Tanzania Ltd for ‘Indigenous Forest Conservation’ and, Kenya Commercial Bank for ‘KCB green wave Initiative’.
    And in the Most Sustainable and Scalable Community Investment – Sponsored by Dow Chemical East Africa Limited category the shortlisted companies are Eastern Produce Kenya Ltd for the ‘EPK - Food Security Initiative’, Vodacom Tanzania for ‘Economic Empowerment to disadvantaged groups’, Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd for the ‘Tullow Kaiso-Tonya Programme’, Mabati Rolling Mills for the ‘Mabati rolling Mills (MRM) Project’, New Forests Company for the ‘Community Development Programme’, East African Breweries Ltd for the ‘EABL Foundation Water for Life Programme’, Microsoft for ‘Microsoft Unlimited Potential’ and Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd for ‘Unilever/WFP Partnership - together for child vitality’.
    The awards were launched this year to celebrate excellent corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives by African and international companies alike, it said.
    It added that their aim is to reward companies for innovative and world-class initiatives and programmes that create a high social and environmental benefit for the community and the business.
    Commenting on the nominations, Chairman of the Awards Secretariat Elvis Musiba said:
    “We’ve received an impressive number of outstanding submissions showcasing the many innovative CSR initiatives that are currently taking place in Africa. These awards emphasise the role that the private sector can play in promoting socially and environmentally sustainable development in Africa.”
    Winners will be announced at a drinks reception on May 4, alongside the World Economic Forum which is also taking place for the first time in Tanzania.

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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    This is good and it should be a stimulus to all companies to have their corporate social responsibilities and they should show the impact it brought to the intended community!