UBA named best CSR company at SERAs award

MD/CEO UBA Foundation, Ijeoma Aso (middle), receiving the award from Thelma Chukwu and Olusegun Fafore of Nestoil

United Bank for Africa (UBA) has emerged the best institution in corporate social responsibility (CSR) in West Africa at the 10th SERAs (Social Enterprise Report Awards held at the Muson Centre, Lagos on Friday November 11, 2016.

The group’s CSR arm, UBA Foundation, beat other nominees including Lafarge, MTN, Nestoil, P&G, Exxon Mobil and Shell to emerge best in CSR in the West African region.

“We are driven by the mantra ‘do well do good’. We would not relent in our efforts at touching lives through our various projects and initiatives,” said MD/CEO UBA Foundation, Ijeoma Aso, whilst receiving the award.

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer of TruContact, organisers of the SERAS awards, Ken Egbas, commended UBA Foundation for its strong footprints across Nigeria and Africa through its Read Africa Projects and the scholarship grants given to winners of the National Essay Competition.

He said the award is borne out of the need to recognise game changers whose relentless contributions have helped give hope to Africa and at the same time drive sustainable development amid strife.

“For these companies, they understand that agility, innovation, fluidity, decisiveness and commitment accelerates the pace of change, Africa craves for,” he stated.

The awards ceremony attracted dignitaries and business leaders from different industries across Nigeria with many praising the organisers for their consistency since 2006.