The award winners
SECOND LADY, Samira Bawumia, has called for a united front by actors in the private sector, in pursuit of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana.
According to her, the SDGs serve as “a blueprint” for a world where no one is left behind” and therefore, the private sector, being a “crucial stakeholder”, plays a pivotal role in realising this vision.
The Second Lady made these remarks in a keynote address delivered on her behalf by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Akosua Manu, at the 7th edition of the Sustainability and Social Investments Awards ceremony, held over the weekend in Accra.
Speaking under the theme, “Sustainability and the Economy: Building a Sustainable Future for All,” Hajia Bawumia iterated that by aligning their actions with the SDGs, the private sector, together with government, can collectively address the interconnected challenges facing our world and leave behind a legacy of prosperity for future generations.
“By embracing sustainability, companies contribute not only to their own success but also to the well-being of our communities and the preservation of our planet. As we celebrate the achievements of our awardees today, let us reflect on the importance of the SDGs in guiding our collective efforts towards a more sustainable and equitable future,” the Second Lady stated.
She also commended business entities that go out of their way to contribute meaningfully to diverse aspects of the Ghana’s socioeconomic landscape.
“In Ghana, we are fortunate to witness corporations taking meaningful steps towards sustainability, not only as a business strategy but as a moral and ethical imperative. They are creating shared values, making positive contributions to society, and safeguarding the environment. In recent times we see companies investing in renewable energy, adopting circular economy principles, and championing fair labour practices.
“These actions not only contribute to environmental conservation but also foster inclusive economic growth, addressing the needs of our diverse population,” she said.
Prof. Douglas Boateng, Chairman for the Sustainability and Social Investments Awards Committee, in an address, said the award scheme “has evolved into a benchmark, a symbol of excellence, and a celebration of those who go above and beyond to create a more sustainable and socially responsible world.”
Their goal as organisers, he indicated, was to celebrate, learn from, and connect with individuals and organisations that embrace sustainability principles with responsibility, equity, and transparency.
“By setting a higher standard for sustainability and environmental, social and corporate governance, we inspire and empower others to have conscience and join us in building a better future for the current and future generations,” he noted.
By Nii Adjei Mensahfio