Business decisions influence employees, customers, suppliers and competitors, while business operations affect communities, government and the environment where they operate. This is more so for companies in the extractive industries.
While companies have contributed towards improved social development through providing jobs, paying taxes, building an industrial base, enhancing efficiency, earning foreign exchange and transferring technology, they have also been linked publicly to deepening disparities in wealth, poor labour conditions, pollution incidents, health and safety failings, forced displacement and other human and civil rights abuses, leading to calls from all over the world for companies to become more accountable.
In actuality, companies do not have any choice but to deliver tangible and sustainable benefits to their access, host and impacted communities. Extractive companies especially face rising expectations to do more than simply mitigate negative impacts, they are expected to be sources of economic opportunity and to be reliable and trustworthy partners and neighbours.
As extractive companies have severe negative impacts on their host communities, they are expected to deliver lasting social and economic benefits to the areas where they have their footprints.
Players across the industries’ value chain have increasingly faced calls to clean up their act and make peace with host communities. Many businesses – big and small – have taken steps to institutionalise processes that would ensure inclusive engagement with communites for equitable outcomes, but so far there is a long way yet to go.
The Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards – pronounced “Car Awards” – provides a platform that encourages businesses to take extraneous steps to correct the anomalies of engagement within communities, primarily extractive communities, by acknowledging and appreciating best performing companies.
Environmental Management Award
The company which has had the least negative environmental impact in the last 3 years, and contributed to impact mitigation Publicity Partner: with state of the art technology, with a proven commitment to managing its environmental footprints.
Community Engagement Award
The company with the most amenable relationship with its community and which has a clear process for inclusive engagement and grievance management. These should have yielded positive Impacts within the communities.
Hajiya Gambo Sawaba
Community Impact Award
The company with the most visible impact of community development, including infrastructure, training, growth of women entrepreneurs, youth graduates and other positive impacts.
Human Rights Award
This award is annually funded by Global Rights through OSIWA (Open Society Initiative for West Africa). It would be given to the company with the most significant impact on improving livelihoods and safeguarding human rights, integrity and dignity.
Sir Ahmadu Bello
Award for Leadership
The award would be given to an individual – male or female – who has exhibited exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on advancing and scaling responsible behavior.
Josephine Nkemdilim – Bertram Ekenanye
Equal Rights Award
This award could go to a company or individual who has exhibited a commitment to gender equality.
Apostle Hayford Alile
This award would be to an individual, and will come with a cash reward. It would be for contributing significantly to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life of individuals both in Nigeria and abroad.
They would have demonstrated compelling leadership, a collaborative working style, a profound sense of social responsibility and outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to Africa.
Register / want to attend the SITEI2020 roundtable ?
The 8th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries conference will witness the convergence of delegates from within & outside the extractive sector. Do you desire to interact with industry leaders in this sector? Then you must attend the SITEI 2020 roundtable.