Reputable brands such as Access Holdings, Dangote Group, CWAY Water, and others were recognized for their great impact in environmental sustainability at the recent 2023 Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo, and Awards (ECOSEA).
The event which was themed: ‘Sustainable Collaboration & Nigeria’s Carbon Footprint” took place last December at Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos. It was aimed at showcasing innovative and environmentally friendly products, services, and initiatives as well as being the most prestigious recognition platform for champions of environmental sustainability in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa while serving as a tool of inspiration to others.
Access Holdings clinched the Award for the Most Outstanding Eco-Friendly Financial Services Group of the Year, while CWAY Water Dispenser got the Award for the Most Outstanding Eco-Friendly Water Brand of the Year, and the Award for the Most Outstanding Eco-friendly Manufacturing Group of the Year goes to Dangote Group, while Award for the Most Oustanding Eco-Friendly Energy Group of the year goes to Sahara Group and Award for the Most Outstanding Eco-friendly Cereal Brand of the Year was awarded to Nasco Cornflakes.
Top 20 companies were also recognized for their giant contribution to environmental sustainability, they include; Sahara Group, Access Bank, Rite Foods, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Friesland Campina, Arla Foods, Lafarge, International Breweries among others.
While delivering his welcome address, the Convener of ECOSEA and Publisher of Impact Reports Africa, Mr Joshua Ajayi praised sustainability experts and professionals for their continuous push for a sustainable environment pointing out the historic agreements reached in COP28 like gradual elimination of fossil fuel usage, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the operationalization of the loss and damage fund and other funding arrangements.
In his words,”It is quite soothing to note that all the campaigns and advocacies from different parts of the globe have not been in vain”.
Speaking on the goal for the platform, Mr Ajayi said, “Our goal for ECOSEA shortly is to create an annual platform that will steadily become the largest and foremost thought-leadership platform championing the cause of environmentally sustainable actions in Africa. We also want to create a platform where people can gather annually to showcase innovative and environmentally friendly products, services, and initiatives. We also want to be the most prestigious recognition platform for champions of environmental sustainability in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa while serving as a tool of inspiration to others”.
The Convener of ECOSEA, Mr. Joshua Ajayi, has said that it has been quite satisfying to be part of the forces orchestrating corporate sustainability practices. Especially with the growing importance of communication in corporate sustainability impact.
His words: “We believe It’s not enough to say you have made an impact if you don’t know how you’ve specifically impacted the community you are serving. It was this awareness and the consciousness that communication has always remained a key aspect of effective sustainability impact that led us to create a new print and digital platform that is powering this project, Impact Reports Africa”.