25 institutions and 12 individuals including Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have been honoured for their outstanding performance and contribution to society through their remarkable sustainability and social programmes at the 6th edition of the Sustainability and Social Investment Award (SSI) held in Accra on Friday, November 18, 2022.
Organized by Ianmatsun Global Services on the theme: ‘Leading the Sustainability Transition through Partnerships and Collaborations’, the event aimed at creating awareness whiles encouraging companies, CSI/CSR foundations, NGOs and other implementing agencies in delivering high impact CSI/CSR projects that aligns with governments focus on sustainable development goals.
At the well-organised event which attracted players within the industry and some government officials, Dr. Bawumia was honoured with the SSI Disruptive Digital Pioneer Award which recognized his efforts over the past six years to digitalise the economy aggressively but sustainably.
This push has seen the introduction of several initiatives such as the Digital Addressing System, a centralized identification system called Ghanacard which is being linked to all systems and services, Mobile Money interoperability, digital renewal of National Health Insurance, electronic pharmacy platform, and several others.
The biggest institutional winners on the night were Volta River Authority (VRA), Anglogold Ashanti, Vodafone Ghana Foundation, MTN Ghana Foundation and Absa Bank Ghana Limited with six, six, five, four and four honours respectively.
A call for public-private partnership
Professor Gyan Baffour, Chairman of the National Development planning Commission of Ghana, who delivered a speech and received the honour on behalf of the Vice President, thanked the organizers for the special honour bestowed on the Vice President and charged business leaders to work closely with government and the public sector to stem the impact of climate change on the environment.
“The benefits of synergy between the public and private sectors cannot be overstated. There is a very tall list of instances and impact of partnerships but the most practical example of this is the joint response of both parties during the pandemic. It was a sharing of resources including time and strategies which brought out the best in us at a time when humanity was most under attack. We can extend this partnership to the people whom we serve, either citizens or customers to keep climate change in check,” he said.
Board Chair of the awarding committee, Dr. Diana Heymann Adu also urged organization to embed in their organizational structure sustainable activities that will help in enhancing the organisations.