President of the CSR Training Institute, Canada, Professor Wayne Dunn has called on government to find ways of integrating the private sector’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities into fulfilling its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda.
This according to him is necessary in a time where businesses in the country do a lot in CSR but do not understand the value created in areas of education, economic empowerment among others.
He said, “We look at the news today and we realized how the budget is framed into the SDG’s and what is key for Ghana in many areas is the integration of the businesses into achieving the SDG’s.”
Speaking to JoyBusiness in an interview at the CSR Training Institute Master class in Accra under the theme, “Managing CSR for Value creation”, he lauded Ghana for embracing the CSR concept by launching the CSR policy to support and encourage businesses in doing more to help build a better country.
“It is relevant today that Ghana is maybe the only country in Africa to have a CSR policy and this will encourage organizations to do better businesses and create more social value”, he said.
Professor Dunn added that the goal of the CSR policy is to promote the optimization of the socio-economic and environmental impact of investments and activities of businesses, the public sector, civil society, traditional authorities and other stakeholders towards the sustainable development of Ghana.
He further mentioned that society expects businesses to create social value along with shareholder value which many firms are embracing and turning them into a strategic advantage.
The five-day executive programme brought together participants from twelve sectors, nine different countries, twenty six organizations from three continents.
Participants discussed their experiences on CSR and the way forward to achieving the SDG's with their initiatives.
The program took participants through sessions on approaches, aligning interest, producing results, measuring and managing impact on CSR, among other topics.