Addressing stakeholders and participants at a press conference to announce the launch of the report, Executive Director, CSR-in-Action and Editor-in-Chief, Bekeme Masade revealed more features added to the report.
CSR-in-Action is a registered social enterprise that is devoted to the advancement of social ethics, social responsibility and corporate governance in Nigeria.
According to Masade, “in order to stimulate organisations to step up their game with respect to CSR and social investment initiatives, we coordinated a ranking that indexes organisations’ performance in respect to their social investment initiatives. We hope that in coming years, this performance ranking will necessitate the kind of change we anticipate for stimulating developmental progress and increased private sector collaboration within the Nigerian economy.”
“The critical look at slum living within the Lekki Peninsula, in Lagos, in the report will also serve as a vital tool towards promoting collaborative efforts in pushing for more sustainable housing and living conditions within the metropolis,” Masade said.
She noted that the performance indices supplied were totally unbiased and ranking criteria was well structured and thought-out. Masade also reiterated that summaries of all the 117 organisations included in the report were free and more organisations not included in the present edition were welcome to send their information for next year’s publication.
Twenty-three extra organisations within the private sector have been included to showcase increased collaborative commitment in promoting social change and development. Other new additions to the publication include special messages and interviews from CSR professionals, thought leaders and instrumental actors within the educational sector both in Nigeria and abroad.
The ranking hierarchy was compared side by side with Business World Newspaper Nigeria’s 2013 business ranking by profit. The publication notably saw an increase in interested organisations willing to show financial support.
Due to support from organisations like GTBank, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Pan Ocean Nigeria, Forte Oil and Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, the publication will be disseminated to a diversity of stakeholders across sectors both locally and internationally, including United Nations entities, embassies, state governments, fellow private sector practitioners, universities and lots more.