JOHANNESBURG, 15 APRIL 2018 – Great companies make for good corporate citizens, positively impacting on their stakeholders, the lives of communities in which they operate as well as the environments in which they operate.
To celebrate the outstanding corporate social responsibility programme by a company in the metals and engineering sector and to encourage others to follow suit, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) announced its search for an exemplary business with a corporate social investment project that makes the biggest impact on the lives of its beneficiaries.
“The company to walk away with the Best Social Responsibility Programme of the Year Award will be honoured at a gala dinner to be held at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 24 May,” SEIFSA Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba said.
Last year, ABB South Africa walked away with the Award in this category.
Mr Nyatsumba said that the criteria for the corporate social responsibility category include:
- Highlighting the role of the private sector in addressing social challenges and improving the communities in which they operate;
- Recognising those achieving social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work or employee-led initiatives;
- Judges will look for evidence of where these organisations have embedded their principles, aligned them with commercial objectives and achieved a positive and lasting impact on the community;
- Staff Engagement and Development;
- The Community or a Social Cause; and
- Effective Leadership and management involvement.
Entrants will be assessed on their performance in the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.
Established in 2015 out of the need to celebrate excellence in the sector, the SEIFSA Awards for Excellence has seven different categories, with the Best Social Responsibility of the Year Award being one of them.
The other categories are:
- The Most Innovative Company of the Year Award is awarded to a company that has shown the best level of innovation in Research and Development or Production in 2016, in the process of either gaining market advantage or reducing production costs;
- The Health and Safety Award of the Year will be offered to a company with the best legal compliance record in Health and Safety or the lowest Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate in 2016;
- Companies rated the highest in customer service performance in 2016 will receive the Customer Service Award of the Year;
- The Most Transformed Company of the Year Award will go to a company that showed the highest transformation level in the composition of its Board of Directors, Executive Management and Managerial Team in 2016 (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);
- This is the Decade of the Artisan, and an award will be made to the company that trained the highest number of artisans in 2016; and
- The Environment Stewardship Award will go to a company that has made the biggest or best strides towards conserving the environment or mitigating the impact of its operations on the environment in 2016.
Mr Nyatsumba has encouraged manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the seven categories before the deadline date of 20 April 2018. The Awards are open to all companies in the sector, both SEIFSA members and non-members.
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