Over 200 leading business personalities from across East Africa are expected to attend the second East Africa Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards event to be hosted by Bank M in Dar es Salaam today.
A press statement issued yesterday by the organisers said five winners will be announced out of over 60 entries received for this year's awards.
Addressing a press conference, Bank M vice-president & corporate affairs head Ambrose Nshala said the event has attracted huge number of attendees with over 200 business personalities from across the region confirming their attendance to the event.
"This year's award has attracted a huge number of participants where by over 60 entries were received from corporate across the region.
This is a clear indication on how much CSR initiatives have grown in East Africa in recent years and we are really pleased with the quantity and quality of the submissions," Said Nshala.
He said the Bank M East African CSR Awards are the first of their kind, celebrating excellent CRC by Burundi, Kenyan, Rwandan, Tanzanian and Ugandan businesses.
Nshala said the event will showcase and reward East African companies that go beyond compliance with legal requirements to integrate social and environmental values into their business management strategies.
Explaining about the short listing and selection process, Africa Practice senior consultant Camilla Flatt said the process followed all required international standards and the winners have been selected by a panel of judges which comprise of well experienced and recognised individuals from different parts of the world.
She said that the panel is chaired by Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) CEO Dunstan Mrutu and the panel members are East African Business Council (EABC) Patric Obath and BDO East Africa Advisory Services Uganda country-managing director Dr William Kalema.
Others are, International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and UK Focal Point for UN Global Compact senior programme manager Stephen Kenzie and International
Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) Nottingham Business School lecturer Dr Judy Muthuri.