The organizers of The SERAS Africa Sustainability Awards are pleased to announce the call for entry for the 18th edition of the highly successful awards, considered to be the biggest sustainability and corporate social responsibility recognition on the continent of Africa.

The theme for the 2024 series is “Beyond Sustainability: Enabling Business Transformation Through Full Disclosure”. This edition aims to encourage businesses not to report merely for the sake of it but to utilize reporting to facilitate better decision-making and drive actual change.

Speaking during the media conference to announce the theme and timeline for 2024, Mrs. Mary Ephraim Egbas, Executive Director at TruCSR Consulting and Chairperson of the SERAS Local Organizing Committee, stated, “A global consensus has emerged regarding four significant shifts in global trends over the past two and a half decades. Initially, the focus was on encouraging organizations to embark on the sustainability journey. The second shift involved urging them to document and report their progress. The third shift revolved around initiatives concerning recycling waste, renewable energy, and climate change. We are now on the brink of a new trend, one that seeks to enhance the depth of the second wave. This is what we shall be focusing on in 2024.”

The SERAS, which has featured participation from over 5367 organizations from 27 African countries, shall feature 25 awards categories, namely: Circular Economy, Poverty Reduction, Education Intervention, Stakeholder Engagement/Disclosure, Gender Equality/Women Empowerment, Climate Action, Environmental Stewardship, Promotion of Good Health/Wellbeing,, Reporting & Transparency, Not-for-Profits of the Year, Social Enterprise of the Year, Water & Sanitation, Rural Population Integration, Partnership of the Year, Food Security, WorkPlace Practice, Financial Inclusion, Innovation, Supply-Chain Management, Infrastructure Development, Sustainability Reporting (Media-Electronic/Print/Online), The overall prize, the Most Responsible Organization in Africa. In the 2023 edition, IHS Nigeria carted home the overall prize, while Bamburi Cement, Kenya, and Nestle Nigeria placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

Entries opened on May 6th and shall close on June 30th, 2024. All participants are to submit their entries on the awards website www.theseras.com. The awards ceremony will be held on December 14th, 2024.