Category Eight: Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance Companies Awards -To recognize Top 10 organizations that do Corporate Social Responsibility the right way in Africa through a sustained act of Giving Back to Society Each Year. The awards represent a vote of confidence on the companies in their efforts to help improve lives in Africa.

The companies include:

The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, has what it calls “pan-Nigeria University Support Programme, USP, which has gulped about $12million. According to information available on the company’s website, the NLNG University Support Programme is driven by the NLNG to develop engineering education in the country, in line with the company’s vision to help build a better Nigeria. The company is spending N340 million ($2 million) each on the construction of modern engineering laboratories, equipped with the cutting-edge equipment in University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Maiduguri, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The six universities were selected based on rankings by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other international bodies as well as their longstanding contributions to the development of local capacity in Nigeria and their out-standing performance within each of the six geopolitical zones in the country, especially in the area of engineering and technical education and the grooming of notable engineering luminaries who have contributed to national development. Disbursement of funds for this project from NLNG commenced in 2014 and completed in 2016.

On 21st November 2015, Ahmadu Bello University successfully commissioned their Multi-User Laboratory, becoming the first of 6 (six) of the USP projects to go live. The University of Ibadan and University of Port Harcourt respectively commissioned the NLNG/UI Engineering Complex and the NLNG Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Engineering on the 21st of March 2016 and on the 1st of April 2016. On July 8, 2016, University of Ilorin opened its NLNG Engineering Research Centre while NLNG/University of Nigeria, Nsukka Engineering Laboratory was commissioned on November 29, 2016. The University of Maiduguri project is expected to follow before the end of 2016.

In recognition of the impact of the NLNG’s USP in the Nigeria society, The NLNG bagged the 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Excellence Award by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award is given to companies which CSR projects impacts society without direct benefit to the company.

Apart from the USP, NLNG, through the Community Relations and Development Department, provides support to its host communities. Specifically, NLNG supports the improvement of infrastructure, health and educational facilities and encourages local enterprise, facilitating know-how and building capacity in the sustainable use of resources in its host communities. The company introduced a new strategy called ‘Community Driven Development Strategy. This is a strategic approach by NLNG and its Joint Industry Companies (JIC) partners to move from the extant practice of company driven community development to community driven development and sustainability. With this strategy, the community generates their development needs, work out its implementation - secure partnerships where necessary, generate funds and physically oversee their own development projects. The community will own and manage key community development initiatives whilst the JIC partners only contribute funds for developmental activities to the community. In addition to this, engagement specialists are assigned to specific settlements as Engagement Officers to build and maintain positive relationships with the communities.

The NLNG Scholarship Schemes through the Nigeria LNG Education Campaigns are another aspect of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts that support human capital development, encourages high performance and growing a pool of high potential graduates and professionals with competitive advantage. NLNG has a four-tier annual scholarships which include: NLNG Post Primary Scholarship scheme aims at supporting high performing basic six pupils in the company’s host communities and the oil-producing states of Nigeria to access post primary education uninterruptedly, the NLNG Undergraduate Scholarship component, started for host communities in 1998 and later opened up to the rest of Nigeria in 2003, has benefited a total of 2,833 undergraduates from various universities in Nigeria with a spending of over N600 million. The value of the scholarship has been reviewed upward from N100, 000 to N300, 000 per awardee for an academic year and it runs throughout the duration of the student’s course. The NLNG Overseas Post-Graduate Scholarship scheme launched in October 2012 and managed by the British Council with about 50 beneficiaries gone to the United Kingdom for their studies. The scholarship is valued at between $60,000 and $69,000, depending on the course, and is tenable for programmes in top academic institutions in the UK. Courses covered by this scheme include Environmental Studies, Engineering, Management, Accountancy, Economics, Information Technology, Geology, Banking, Law and Medicine. And the NLNG Cadet Scholarship which targets young school leavers from NLNG host communities who are interested in careers in the maritime industry. The scholarship covers tuition for the National Diploma programme at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. NLNG has sponsored over 49 persons from its host communities for this programme as at December, 2013.

NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas BV, SGBV, (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15%), and Eni International (N.A,) N. V. S. A. R. L (10.4%).
The Shell emerged the best company in Corporate Social Responsibility Innovation at 2015 Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS) held in Lagos. Dr. Uwem Ite, of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), was also named Nigeria’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practitioner of the year. The awards aim to recognise corporate bodies who invest in society through CSR programmes. Shell (along with its Joint Venture partners, NNPC, Total and Agip) was lauded for the support of students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Benin and University of Lagos to build energy-efficient cars for the Shell Eco-marathon competition in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The support also enabled the University of Benin students to race at a similar competition in South Africa in 2014 where their car, TukeTuke, won the best designed car award.

Every year, Shell Companies in Nigeria undertake various social investment projects, focusing on community and enterprise development, education and health. Much of this is done in partnership with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). In 2014 alone, Shell-operated ventures contributed $202 million to the NDDC as required by law. Some $112 million was directly invested by the SPDC JV and SNEPCo in social investment projects. Collectively, this makes Nigeria the largest concentration of social investment spending in the Shell Group, according to a statement by the company.

Shell petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) came into Nigeria as the pioneer and leader of petroleum exploration Industry in 1937. Then it was known as Royal Dutch/Shell group of Companies and the British Petroleum (BP) on an equal basis until a time when the name fully metamorphosed to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). Since then, Shell has consistently intervened in series of community development and enhancement projects. Prominent among them is the Shell SPDC University Scholarship Award Scheme for Undergraduate Nigerians. The Scholarship Scheme offers first year students in all Nigerian universities the opportunity to study with an annual grant from the SPDC Joint Venture for the full duration of their course. Launched in 1960, this post-secondary scheme is open to all Nigerians studying degree programmes in Nigerian universities. The programme aims to promote academic excellence and improve skills-base among young Nigerians. The scholarship is offered in two categories – the National Merit Award (NM) and the Areas of Operation Merit Award (OM).

There is also the SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States. The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from these Niger Delta states to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry. Over 60 students have won the opportunity to study at top rated universities in the UK on an all-expenses paid scholarship since the introduction of this programme.

Chevron Nigeria Limited is one of the leading oil companies in Nigeria putting in efforts to ensure that they do something as a way of giving back to the society. Chevron has recently stepped up its Corporate Social Responsibility strategies not only in Nigeria, but also in the various countries in which it has operations.

The NNPC/Chevron National University Scholarship Awards for Undergraduate Nigerians stands out as one of the best and most consistent in the country. The scholarship which is in collaboration with its Joint Venture partner, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), offers a number of University Scholarship Awards to suitably qualified Nigerian students. The Scholarship Awards targets qualified Nigerian students in their second year of study. What make it unique is that applicants for the NNPC/CNL JV scholarship are ineligible to apply for any other scholarship program sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited, its JV Partners, or any of its affiliates, including the Agbami scholarship program sometimes published simultaneously with the NNPC/CNL JV scholarship program.

In its 2015 corporate responsibility report highlights, Chevron claims it has “for more than 135 years, proudly developed the energy that people and businesses depend on — helping to spur economic growth and improve the quality of life for communities worldwide”.

Chevron Nigeria has been able to create a positive working environment or the its employees through a sustained Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2010, Chevron Nigeria established the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) and its Nigeria-based implementing partner, PIND, with a $50 million endowment to help to help reduce poverty and conflict, increase income and equitable economic growth. In 2014, Chevron committed an additional $40 million to the project through 2019.

An independent report by the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) in 2016, shows that the Chevron’s NDPI and PIND “are achieving systematic, long-term change in the Niger Delta and bringing international attention and resources to the region”.
ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, was the 2015 Best Company of the Year in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERAs). The Company also received the awards for Best Company in Poverty Reduction and Best Company in Infrastructure Development.

Speaking at an event to hand over the top award to the Managing Director and Lead Country Manager of ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria, Mr. Nolan O’Neal, CEO of SERAs, Ken Egbas, commended the company for its ethical integrity and adherence to the highest operational standards. He explained that the company received the Best Overall Company of The Year award for making the most significant contributions to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria in 2015, through its extensive CSR projects in the areas of education, health, economic empowerment and local capacity development. This is the first time in the history of the SERAs that an Oil and Gas company is receiving the Best Overall Company of the Year award”.

Exxonmobil says has invested $280 M on community development. According to Yemie Adeoye, in an effort to improve the living conditions of people in its host communities, Exxonmobil affiliate companies in Nigeria invested about $280 million over the last decade on strategic and sustainable community investments in healthcare, education and capacity building initiatives to help support the government’s objectives of diversifying Nigeria’ economic base even as it urges sound government policies for the growth of the oil and gas sector”. The Chairman, Managing Director of the Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Mr. Mark Ward dropped this hint while deliver a paper titled “Maximising the positive impact of oil activities in other economic sectors” at the Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG) 2010 conference in Abuja.

In addition to its support to educational development and human capacity building, Mobil Producing Nigeria, operator of NNPC/MPN Joint Venture, also awards annual scholarships to qualified students in Nigerian Universities through the ExxonMobil Nigeria undergraduate scholarship programme, and the Exonmobil apprentice programme for young Nigerians. The awards will be made to qualified and suitable students from every state of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Foremost Ford dealer, Coscharis Motors, reinforced its Corporate Social responsibility by putting put smiles on the faces of orphans at the Arrow of God Orphanage Home, Ajah, Lagos recently, by donating 50 bags of rice and undisclosed amount of money to mark the Ford Global Week of Caring in Nigeria. The Ford Global Week of Caring is a week set aside by the world renowned automaker to reach out to the less privileged and the community where they do business and Coscharis Motors, has in the last four years been celebrating the day with orphanage homes in Nigeria.

Speaking at the presentation, the Coscharis Group General Manager, Marketing, Mr. Abiona Babarinde said that” each year, both Coscharis Motors and Ford Motors do seek to extend love and commitment to their communities through a project tagged ‘Ford for the orphans’. “It is in this vein that we are reaching out to celebrate these lovely and wonderful youngsters via this platform.”

Coscharis Group also donates 10 Ford Rangers To Lagos Government to enhance security in the state. Receiving the vehicles which were lined up in front of the governor’s office, the Managing Director, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worry, commended the Coscharis Group President, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, for fulfilling the pledge of 10 vehicles he made at a recent town hall forum where security issues in Lagos were discussed.

Nestlé, with headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, is another company in doing corporate social responsibility the right way in Africa. The company founded in 1866 by Henri Nestlé is today the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company with over 333, 214 employees and about 456 factories in 86 countries. Nestlé believes that for a company to be successful in the long term and create value for its shareholders, it must also create value for society. This begins with the creation of superior long-term value for shareholders by offering products and services that help people improve their nutrition, health and wellness, Creating Shared Value is the approach Nestlé takes to its business as a whole, according to information on the company’s website.

In Ghana, West Africa, Nestlé Plc won the coveted Ghana CSR Awards for Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiatives at a ceremony held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra, on the 8th May 2014.

The Company commits to create value along the entire value chain, for both its shareholders as well as for the communities they engage with, employees, suppliers and society. This they say ‘is different to philanthropy or Public Relations ethics”. It is a business model for engaging a sustainable future and for ensuring profitability for business and sustainable growth for society.

Nestlé Ghana was also awarded for its Nestlé Healthy Kids programme, Nestlé Cocoa Plan and the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement project. The Healthy Kids is a global programme aimed to promoting nutrition education, good nutritional practices, healthy lifestyles and physical activity amongst school children. It has been running in Ghana since 2011, while the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement project trains farmers in Northern Ghana on techniques to improve the quality and quantity of the grains and cereals they produce. The Awards are endorsed by the AGI, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Integrity PR and many local and international media organizations across the West African sub-region.

By the end of 2013, Nestlé was actively working with more than 280 partners in 68 countries, and reached more than 6.9 million children last year alone. The company aims to further expand the initiative to reach more countries with the activation of the IAAF Kids Athletics programme.

Toyota Motor Corporation was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937, as a spinoff from his father's company, Toyota Industries, to create automobiles. Toyota Motor Corporation produces vehicles under five brands, including the Toyota brand, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Daihatsu. It also holds a 16.66% stake in Subaru Corporation, a 5.9% stake in Isuzu, as well as joint-ventures with two others in China (GAC Toyota and Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor), one in India (Toyota Kirloskar), one in the Czech Republic (TPCA), along with several "nonautomotive" companies. TMC is part of the Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world.

Toyota Motor also has operations and distribution networks throughout Africa. In Kenya, Toyota has been supporting the Mater Heart Run since the last 5 years. The Run organized by Mater Hospital is meant to raise funds towards providing heart surgery to needy children from all over Kenya. The funds are used directly in surgery as well as in the screening and education campaigns on Rheumatic Heart Disease in different counties.

In Nigeria, Toyota regularly organize what it calls the Nigerian Kids Dream About Toyota Cars Challenge Age mates. Multiple Talented Nigerian kids who took part in the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art contest challenged Toyota Motor Corporation to translate their drawing to reality by producing their dream car of the future. About 1,122 kids from the ages of eight to fifteen took part in the contest held in three geographical locations in the country, including Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. Winners from the three centres were hosted at Toyota Corporate Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos, during which they gave presentation of their drawings and explained the concept of the drawings.

According to Toyota Nigeria Ltd, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Toyota Motor Corporation Japan to develop the innate artistic talent in children and to cultivate an enduring relationship with them. Toyota distributors and dealers alike globally have keyed into this initiative because of its acceptance and impact on children’s psyche worldwide.

The Nine winners that emerged at the contest were invited to the award of prize and certificate ceremony at Toyota Nigeria corporate headquarters, Lagos. The winner’s parents, teachers and well-wishers were entertained with winners going home with Laptops, other corporate gifts and a certificate. Toyota South Africa has also committed to a number of environmental projects, including support of the International Coastal Cleanup which tackles the problem of litter on KwaZulu-Natal and Cape beaches and inland waterways.

BMW South Africa became the BMW Group’s first production facility outside of Germany in 1975. The company was the very first automotive company to export cars from South Africa to markets around the world.

BMW says it has committed and engaged corporate citizen and supports more than 100 individual Corporate Social Investment projects across the South Africa. “These projects are rooted in 3 key areas: HIV and AIDS, Local Community Development and Education (in Maths, Science and Technology and the Environment”).

Each year, BMW invests millions of Rands into empowering groups in need through upliftment and partnership programmes. From its world class manufacturing facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria to its leather upholstery plant in Ga-Rrankua, BMW continues to dedicate significant time and resources towards its contribution of building a brighter future in South Africa. BMW South Africa does not adopt a cheque book approach. Instead it contributes to sustainable development, working with employees, their families, the local community and society at large to improve the quality of life resulting in meaningful and sustainable upliftment of communities. By giving communities, the tools required to promote long-term, sustainable development, the company is ensuring that this investment is felt for decades to come.

BMW’s Excellence Project for Mathematics, Science and Technology encourages young learners to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology, while reducing the knowledge gap that exists within these critical focus areas. As one of the company’s longest standing sustainable development projects, BMW gives students the support they need to pursue their dreams by deploying mobile laboratories, known as BMW Centres of Excellence, to participating schools. Robust educator empowerment assists teachers in the understanding and delivery of their subject matter. The culture is impacted positively when learners complete their high school education with exemption into tertiary institutions to pursue Maths and Science as undergraduates in electrical, mechanical, civil engineering, sound engineering, geology and actuarial based disciplines. The programme has already produced graduates in these fields.

In addition, BMW South Africa currently makes bursaries available to learners pursuing studies in the fields of engineering, ICT and commerce at various tertiary institutions in South Africa and in other African countries. In South Africa, most of the students are eligible for a place in BMW South Africa’s 24-month Graduate Trainee Programme and many of these candidates are taken into full-time employment.

FCMB is redefining the art of Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria as the bank is impacting positively on many lives and communities in Nigeria. In line with the philanthropic nature of its founder and chairman, Otunba O. O. Senbore, FCMB has devoted substantial part of its income to giving back to the society by engaging in various life changing activities.

As captures by PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, FCMB strategically intervenes in various areas of human endeavour, especially in its focal CSR areas of poverty alleviation, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability anchored on its mantra of, ‘’Teach a man to fish’’. All these gestures are in line with FCMB’s time-tested value as a helpful bank committed to creating opportunities that would further enhance the well-being of individuals, customers, groups and the entire society.

“Though several corporate organisations engage in CSR projects, the nature of the projects FCMB identifies for execution and the impact they make on the overall well-being of humanity and the society, stands the bank out from others” PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN said. Speaking in the same vein on FCMB’s CSR drive, the group head, Corporate Affairs of the bank, Mr. Diran Olojo, said that; ‘’the bank is aware of the challenges faced by people and the society. Hence, our choice of bringing hopes and smiles to individuals, communities and the country at large.

Specifically, in 2016, the bank extended its support to internally displaced women in Maiduguri, Bornu State by providing training and financial support to 100 of them to start any small-scale business of their choice. The financial institution also organized skill acquisition and other capacity building programmes for the beneficiaries. FCMB’s intervention in economic empowerment is further seen in its partnership with Wecyclers, an award-winning company involved in recycling, on a waste-to-wealth franchise scheme. Through this collaboration, the Bank is helping to tackle the challenges of waste management by deploying an innovative recycling project aimed at job and wealth creation, while promoting health and sanitation. To further deepen the project, FCMB has put in place a monthly reward scheme for top recyclers. The first batch of winners emerged in May this year and have been presented with their prizes. The Bank has instituted a capacity building programme for youths, tagged “Empowered for the Future”. The initiative, which is in partnership with Youth Empowerment Foundation, focuses on peer-to-peer economic empowerment and reproductive health education for in- and out-of-school adolescents. It commenced with 50 youths who were trained on various aspects of human development.

FCMB has also been carrying out programmes which involves eye screening tests, full ophthalmic medical examination, eye surgeries and provision of free medication, eye glasses and counselling for those suffering from cataract, an eye defect that could lead to blindness if not promptly treated. Over 1 million people across Nigeria have so far benefited from this project since the Bank took up the sponsorship eight years ago.

The poverty alleviation activities of FCMB have also been extended to the Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind (FNSB). The Bank recently donated 15 Braille machines (comparable to a typewriter) to the Vocational Training Centre (VCT) located at Oshodi, Lagos State. The gesture is aimed at effectively supporting the efforts of the FNSB towards enhancing the standard of teaching, as well as learning of the blind, who are students of the VCT.

The Mercedes-Benz group of companies in South Africa has a solid reputation for contributing toward nation building, stretching as far back as the establishment of its production facility in the country, 60 years ago. This legacy of good corporate citizenship lives on today through the group’s formalised Corporate Social Investment (CSI) portfolio, which has evolved over the years to strategically align with the priorities of government in creating an empowered and economically independent population.

The key focus areas of Mercedes-Benz group’s CSR projects are re-assessed annually to ensure that projects supported address real needs within society. As at today according to the company, the focus areas are: Education and HIV/AIDS. In addition, the employees of the group amplify the passion for community upliftment by initiating projects that further support the CSI project beneficiaries. Employee volunteerism is gaining momentum in the group.

In education development, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) says it believe that, as a nation, South Africans need to put the correct building blocks in place to increase the economically active sector of the population. Education it noted, plays a pivotal role in creating this enabling environment, and receives focus as part of a sustainable and integrated approach to youth and whole school development. The company focuses on education in all areas – from pre-school to tertiary and adult basic education. In addition, skills development in the technical fields of engineering and technology is essential to the future viability of the automotive industry, and so it receives support from the company, with the aim of building a pipeline of young people with relevant practical skills to join the sector.

MBSA was one of the first companies in South Africa to implement a comprehensive HIV/AIDS Workplace Programme in the year 2000. MBSA realised at an early stage the heavy toll that the disease could take on its most precious resource – its employees – if left unchecked. The company followed the framework set by its German mother company, Daimler AG, to prioritise HIV/AIDS by instituting policies and procedures to protect infected employees from discrimination and stigmatisation. The Sange Child and Youth Care Centre, a sanctuary for the homeless children of Mdantsane founded by MBSA, is South Africa’s second largest township, and its surrounding areas. The centre was founded in 2010 and aims to provide developmental welfare services to children in need of care and protection, as well as those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, the centre focusses on family preservation programmes, and providing social relief.