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SPDC wins two Corporate Social Responsibility awards

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) emerged Best Company in the Poverty Reduction and Child and Maternal Health categories at the annual Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERA) ceremony held on September 24 in Lagos. SPDC was nominated in three categories, and was the only IOC that won in two. The Vice President, Human Resources, Shell Africa, Osagie Okunbor, who received the prizes expressed appreciation for the honour. SPDC’s winning entries in Poverty Reduction included LiveWIRE Nigeria and Cassava Enterprise Development Programme (CEDP).

Since 2003 LiveWIRE Nigeria has trained over 3000 Niger Delta youths in enterprise development and management and assisted over 500 to set up their businesses, creating over 1000 jobs. CEDP is a partnership with USAID and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture covering Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Edo, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, and has led to the introduction of 44 higher yielding cassava varieties. More than 500 processing enterprises have been established creating well over 3000 sustainable jobs.

In the Child and Maternal Health category, SPDC was cited for inspiring the establishment of Nigeria’s first community health insurance scheme at Obio in Rivers State. The scheme was launched in March this year. So far, more than 3,600 community people have signed up and received timely medical attention at affordable rates. SPDC’s Sustainable Development and Community Relations Manager, Tony Attah said, “We are pleased with the recognition, considering that this is the first time we have participated in the awards. It is only appropriate to dedicate the awards to our staff, and the very many people and partner organisations who have worked very hard to make these projects, and many others we are involved with, so successful, contributing to improving the lives of people in the communities in the Niger Delta.”

SERA is an initiative organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Sustainability Advisory Group UK, The Guardian newspapers (Nigeria) and Inspiration 92.3 FM. Some 17 companies including MTN and Chevron were shortlisted out of a total 90 that submitted entries for the 2010 edition. The first edition was held in 2007.