Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, a global leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has been adjudged the best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Information Communication Technology (ICT) Company of the year at the 2015 prestigious Ghana CSR Excellence Awards.
Commenting on the awards, the Director for Public and Government Affairs, Geoffrey Li, said that “Huawei Technologies is a responsible corporate citizen that is committed to contributing significantly to the development of the communities and people in the regions where we operate.”
He added that, Huawei considers CSR at part of its operations and have over the years invested significantly in various CSR initiatives and as a people oriented company, Huawei will continue to drive positive changes for a better connected world.” – He added.
This year Huawei has undertaken significant CSR activities to merit the award. “The Huawei Ghana Seeds for the Future Program” was launched in June and will run for four years till 2019. This Huawei’s global flagship and the most heavily invested CSR initiative that seeks to develop local ICT talents, enhance knowledge transfers and improve people’s understanding and interest in the telecommunications industry.
In Ghana 60 brilliant students will benefit from this CSR program with the four year period. 15 students excelling in various ICT disciplines would be selected each year to take part in innovative ICT training in China. This year, the first batch of young graduates who were selected from both public and private universities took part in the life changing experience in Beijing and have already returned with certificates and wealth of knowledge in ICT and Telecommunications.
Prior to that the company after reports in the Daily Graphic on the ‘Poor State of the Accra Central Library’ approached to the Ghana Library Authority and signed a memorandum of understanding where, Huawei Technologies Ghana agreed to renovate the Reference Room, Lending Room, ICT Center, the Children’s Library and the Exhibition Center into ultramodern standards.
The first phase of the project which included the renovation of the Reference and Lending rooms as well as the ICT Center which Huawei furnished with 30 computers was completed in the later part of 2014. The second phase which covers the Children’s library and the exhibition center have been completed this year and set to commence full operations by December.
The Ghana CSR Excellence Awards in its fifth year is modeled after the European CSR Excellence Awards.
It is presided over by a multi-stakeholder jury with reputable representatives from academia, business associations, regulatory agencies, civil society organisations and the media.
The initiatives have helped demystify common misconceptions about CSR in Ghana, providing education and creating awareness about the global perspective of CSR within a local context.
The Ghana CSR Excellence Awards have collaborations and endorsement from the Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Plan International and Ministry of Trade & Industry.
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