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.
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.
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 SITEI2019 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 2019 roundtable.