PREPARATIONS for this year’s Manicaland Corporate Social Responsibility provincial awards slated for next Friday are at an advanced stage.
The awards, which are spearheaded by a Harare-based organisation – Corporate Social Responsibility Network Zimbabwe (CSRNZ) – will see companies being honoured in more than 20 categories.
CSRNZ is a professional multi-stakeholder organisation established with the aim of advancing best principles and practices of corporate social responsibility in the public and private sector with the ultimate goal of supporting sustainable businesses, which will contribute to sustainable economic growth leading to the achievement of sustainable development goals.
Outstanding individuals and organisations will be awarded in categories such as Environmental Stewardship, Top Covid-19 Supporting Organisation, Business Transformation Award, Sustainability Innovation Award, SDG Impact Award, Social Impact Award, CSR Partnership of the Year Honouree, Business Leader of the Year, Excellence, CSR projects in national priority areas, CSR projects in districts/difficult terrain, responsible supply chain, clean energy transition, CSR manager of the year, biodiversity champion, sustainability trailblazer and social and human capital.
CSR Network Zimbabwe executive director, Mr Willard Razawo said organisations and business personalities in Manicaland are presenting their profiles as well corporate social responsibility projects they partook or are currently partaking.
“It is that time of the year again when we honour outstanding achievers in the CSR sector. Preparations are now at an advanced stage and we are impressed with the level of participation. Just like last year, we will adhere to Covid-19 regulations. The winners have been monitored and carefully screened by the CSRNZ and the Environmental Management Agency,” he said.
In last year’s awards, The Manica Post ruled the roost after scooping the Sustainability Media House Award, while its correspondent, Liberty Dube won the top journalist award.
Mutare Bottling Company scooped the Champion in Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Innovation Award, while Bitumen World Private Limited won the Excellence Infrastructure Development and Covid-19 fight Award.
White Horse Inn won the Business Transformation Award, while Africa University scooped the Environmental Stewardship and top Covid-19 fight supporting organisation Award.
Golden Peacock Hotel won the top Cyclone Idai and Covid-19 fight supporting organisation gong.
Enterprising businessman and musician, Brian ‘Samaita’ Runganga, scooped the Philanthropist of the year award.