Johannesburg, 18 March 2018 – Economic development and ecological challenges, including climate change and the depletion of natural resources, go hand in hand. As economies develop through industrialization, the quality of natural resources such as water and air tend to deteriorate as companies pursue growth.
“The adverse relationship between economic growth and ecological deterioration is a cause for great concern and dictates that companies should do everything it takes to ensure that they not only use the earth’s natural resources in their pursuits of profit, but also that they continuously rehabilitate and restore the environment to its natural form in order to preserve it for the generations that will come after us,” Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said today.
He said it was important for business to take the initiative of employing necessary technological innovations geared towards ensuring that their operations do not cause damage to the natural environment.
“It is for this reason, among others, that SEIFSA in 2015, established the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence. The Awards celebrate companies which take seriously the ecological challenges that confront the world and take the necessary steps to ensure that the natural environment is preserved,” Mr Nyatsumba said.
To celebrate companies that have gone out of their way to invest in the environment, SEIFSA will present the Environment Stewardship Award to an organization that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day business operations in 2017.
Other awards that form the seven categories of the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence are:
- The Most Innovative Company of the Year, which will be awarded to a company that showed the best level of innovation in research and development or production in 2017.
- The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award will be received by a company that showed the highest transformation level in the composition of its Board of Directors, Executive Management and Managerial Team in 2017. This award category pits companies employing fewer than 100 people against those of similar size, and companies employing more than 100 companies against others of similar size.
- The Best CSI Award will be presented to a company whose corporate social investment programme/s in 2017 had a major impact on the lives of its beneficiaries.
- The company rated the highest in customer service performance in 2017 will receive the Customer Service Award of the Year;
- This is the Decade of the Artisan, and an award will be made to the company that trained the highest number of artisans in 2017;
- The Health and Safety Award of the Year will be awarded to a company with the best legal compliance record in Health and Safety or the lowest Lost-Time Injury Frequency rate in 2017.
Mr Nyatsumba encouraged manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the seven categories before the deadline date of 29 March 2019. SEIFSA awards entrants will be assessed on their performance in the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. Participants can enter by visiting the SEIFSA Awards website (www.seifsaawards.co.za).
The Awards are open to all companies in the metals and engineering sector, and not only those that are members of Associations affiliated to SEIFSA.
Awards winners will be honoured at a ceremony that will take place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 24 May 2018.
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