By Staff Reporter
The Environmental Management Agency recently honoured corporates in the Midlands Province for playing a part in corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
Speaking during the event in Zvishavane, Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavhima said the event which was organised by EMA and Corporate Social Responsibility Network Zimbabwe is quite exceptional.
“What makes it exceptional is the fact that it comes from a perspective of appreciating those companies and individuals who have voluntarily seen it desirable to spare resources for environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility for the benefit of our society,” Mavhima said.
Mavhima heaped plaudits on Midlands corporates for playing a part in social responsibility.
” Allow me to applaud EMA and the CSR Network Zimbabwe for organising this important event because it gives us not only an appreciation but also time and pleasure to thank and appreciate those in our province that are investing in communities,” he said.
Mavhima called for environmental stewardship.
“I wish we constantly remember, the environment we live in does not belong to us but is borrowed from future generations. It is therefore, time we save tommorow, today.”He added on the need to empower communities.
“If we empower our communities and unplift people’s livelihoods that will have ripple effects both to our business and our people,” Mavhima said.
Government, Mavhima explained is encouraging partnerships and shareholder participation.
“As government we encourage partnerships and shareholder participation. The partnership between EMA and CSR Network is much appreciated. EMA is not only looking into environmental management through legislative punitive provisions for offenders, but also the positive contributions of responsible business players. Hence the nexus of environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Kwekwe Corporates shined at the awards ceremony. Some of the winners included Redcliff Municipality, Zimasco and Sable Chemicals.Other winners were Caritas Gweru, IPEC, FC Platinum Holdings, NSSA Midlands, Mimosa, Pote Holdings and Sheasham amongst others.