Reflecting on a Year of Progress and Innovation

Reflecting on a Year of Progress and Innovation

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, it is with great pleasure and gratitude that we look back on the transformative journey we have collectively undertaken throughout 2023. In the spirit of shared values and a commitment to positive change, CSR-in-Action has been a beacon of progress in promoting sustainability, human rights, and innovation. Share in the experience as we rewind and celebrate the highlights of an impactful year.


SITEI Conference 2023 Highlights: Navigating Sustainable Paths in the Extractive Sector

With a buzz of excitement crackling in the air, the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel became a crucible for change on Tuesday, 31 October 2023. The 12th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference, with the theme ‘The SDGs and the Extractive Sector: Aligning Governance, Policies, and Practices,’ united minds and hearts in a tapestry of shared purpose. Powered by the visionary minds at CSR-in-Action Group, the Conference surpassed tradition, leading participants into a realm of exploration for inventive solutions destined to forge a sustainable path forward.

A defining moment during the 12th SITEI Conference was the launch of the pioneer research report on the implementation progress of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), meticulously developed by CSR-in-Action. This report intricately navigates the complex terrain where the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) intersects with the integration of women in the dynamic oil-producing communities of Nigeria. It extensively probes into the execution of the PIA by oil corporations, explores its gender equity dimensions, scrutinises the implications for women in oil-rich regions, and illuminates the dynamic landscape of women’s involvement in decision-making processes. Download the abridged version of the full report. See pictures from the launch and event, too!

 For additional insights into the proceedings of the 12th SITEI Conference, we encourage you to  download the official communique document by clicking the link provided below. This comprehensive document encapsulates the key discussions, outcomes, and noteworthy moments from the conference, offering a deeper understanding of the rich tapestry of insights and innovations shared during this pivotal event. As we reflect on the success of SITEI 2023, we extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to this transformative event. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for ongoing updates on sustainability initiatives and the continued impact of the SITEI Conference.

Recognising Excellence in Community Leadership and Human Rights: Highlights from the 5th Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards Ceremony!

We reminisce on the unforgettable afternoon of Tuesday, 31 October 2023, the 5th Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards Africa which unfolded with breathtaking grandeur at the prestigious Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

There was an aura of anticipation as delegates from across the continent converged to celebrate champions of social justice, human rights, and community development across the African continent. Hosted by CSR-in-Action, this year’s CAHR Awards Africa awards were not just accolades, they served as catalysts for planting a seed of hope, watered by the collective commitment to justice and inclusivity.

The grandeur of this year’s esteemed awards ceremony shone a spotlight on extraordinary achievements spanning eight diverse categories. Remarkable individuals, whose substantial contributions have left an indelible mark on their local communities, and companies, whose ethical practices have paved the way for responsible business conduct, were duly recognised and celebrated. This gala event served as a testament to the profound impact made by those dedicated to both community betterment and ethical corporate leadership.

Click here to view the full list of the award recipients and their respective categories.

Warm congratulations are extended to the recipients of this year’s CAHR Awards Africa. We urge individuals and companies throughout Africa to continue steadfastly championing the noble cause of human rights and the enhancement of their local communities.

Reveling in Innovation and Success: IMC 2023 Conference Highlights

The echoes of genius still reverberate from the grand halls of the Eko Convention Centre, where the 2023 Innovation Makers Challenge (IMC) Conference blazed like a supernova! On Thursday, 9 November 2023, the city of Lagos vibrated with the energy of young minds pushing the boundaries of innovation with ingenious ideas that could save lives, empower communities and rewrite the rules of what’s possible. The conference resonated with a symphony of progress, orchestrated by the vibrant minds of Nigeria’s next generation, showcasing sustainable solutions intricately woven with the threads of ingenuity.

Propelled by the team at CSR-in-Action, the pulse of this year’s conference, titled “Innovating for the Future,” reverberated with the resounding potential of Nigeria’s young innovators. The conference featured a stellar lineup of international speakers, including Kate Hancock (Founder, Metaverse XYZ), Reinier van Scherpenzeel (COO, Tunga), Brent Van Wyk (Commercial Director, S&P Global Intelligence), and Leoni Van De Stijl (Deputy-Consul General, Netherlands Embassy). Their insightful discussions on ‘Innovating for the Future’ delved into the ever-evolving landscape of technology.

The pinnacle of the event unfolded during the live pitch session, where the top 5 participants held the audience spellbound with their revolutionary innovations. Click here to discover the winners of the 2023 Innovation Makers Challenge (IMC) Conference.

The event concluded with the launch of the Telecommunications and Technology Citizenship Awareness Roadmap (TATCAR). Aligned with global best practices, TATCAR encourages tech companies to consider their social, economic, and environmental impact carefully. This framework sets a precedent for responsible and impactful tech practices, promoting a more sustainable digital ecosystem. Download the TATCAR here

 Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of IMC 2023. Together, we are shaping a future where innovation and responsibility go hand in hand. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for more exciting developments in the world of technology!


CSR-in-Action Group President Joins International Business Management Advisory Committee at Confederation College, Canada

Bekeme Olowola, President of CSR-in-Action Group, has recently been appointed to the International Business Management Program Advisory Committee at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

The significance of the Program Advisory Committees lies in their pivotal role in shaping new programs and overseeing the effectiveness of existing ones. These committees serve as crucial resources, ensuring the continued relevance and practicality of college programs while aligning them with the evolving needs of the business and industry sectors.

Comprising external individuals with diverse experiences and expertise in the specific occupational domain addressed by the program, advisory committees contribute valuable perspectives. Bekeme Olowola’s appointment to the committee reflects a commitment to fostering collaboration between academic institutions and industry leaders, thereby enriching the educational experience for students and enhancing program outcomes.

Unveiling the Impactful VLR Initiative in Lagos State

The Office of Sustainable Development Goals (OSDGs), in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group and Trussverse, orchestrated a transformative Validation Workshop for the Lagos State Voluntary Local Review on Tuesday, 7 November 2023. The event, graced by Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action and Member of Lagos Island Connect (LIC), brought together stakeholders to deliberate on accelerating progress across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in areas where Lagos State faces challenges.

The discussions shed light on the impact of global economic shocks, migration, and an underdeveloped social protection system, which have contributed to elevated poverty levels in recent years. Identified gaps that demand urgent attention include extreme poverty, the slum population, and the adoption of clean energy.

In her opening remarks, Dr Oreoluwa Finnih, Special Adviser to the Lagos State government on the SDGs, emphasised the ongoing need for concerted efforts to address pressing sustainability challenges. Dr Finnih commended the Office of Sustainable Development Goals for its significant contributions to restoring order in Lagos. She conveyed optimism about the ongoing construction of a Lagos State that fulfils the dreams of everyone and highlighted the opportunity for improvement through discussions, observations, and actionable measures.

As part of its commitment to fast-tracking SDG attainment, the Lagos State government has initiated the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) – a peer review mechanism for the implementation of SDG programs within the state. This initiative aims to empower the state with objective insights and constructive feedback mechanisms, closing gaps, and identifying potential opportunities for achieving the SDGs.

The VLR initiative positions Lagos as a frontrunner in its pursuit of the global SDG agenda. It creates a platform for reviewing progress, sharing experiences, and learning from local communities and development partners. Dr Finnih expressed the significance of the VLR as a catalyst for change, inspiring innovative solutions and driving transformative action.

Lagos has actively promoted the localisation of the SDGs, establishing the Office of SDGs as a cabinet office and incorporating the framework into its development plans. Dr Finnih underscored that since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, Lagos has ambitiously pursued this transformative global agenda.

The VLR validation workshop, according to Dr Finnih, holds profound significance for the future of Lagos and the entire country. She highlighted that this workshop marks a pivotal moment in the collective journey toward achieving the global goals, co-creating an inclusive, just, and prosperous future for all residents of Lagos State. Dr Finnih emphasised that the VLR is not an end in itself but a continuous process by which the government assesses progress and shortcomings in SDG implementation through an inclusive approach involving all relevant stakeholders.

Cultivating Love & Effectiveness in the NGO Sphere: A Recap of the 18th C-PET Workshop

Imagine an NGO sector where love isn’t just a feel-good buzzword, but a powerful driver of effectiveness, empathy, and high-performing teams. This was the vision brought to life on Thursday, 21 November 2023, sas CSR-in-Action and Access Bank partnered to host a transformative workshop with the theme, “Love Quotient – Building and Sustaining High Performance Teams”

Led by the distinguished Mr. Damilola Oluwatoyinbo, a consultant and corporate trainer, the workshop explored the profound impact of ‘Love Quotient’ and its essential role in organisational success. Participants had the unique opportunity to reflect on the distinction between high-performance teams and dysfunctional teams, gaining valuable insights into cultivating value-oriented workplaces. Moving beyond the usual activity-driven approach, the workshop delved into the essence of value-oriented workplaces. Participants gained valuable insights into the key differences between high-performance teams and dysfunctional ones, equipping them with the tools to cultivate teams that prioritise impact over mere tasks.

Key Takeaways

  • Love Quotient: A Universal Language for Success: Love, in all its forms, transcends barriers and becomes a universal language for organisational growth and impact.
  • Empowering with Self-Love: Prioritising self-love is not self-indulgence, but the foundation for strong leadership and effective teams. A leader who loves themselves can love and empower others to reach their full potential.
  • Values over Activities: True impact lies not in ticking boxes, but in building workplaces driven by shared values, purpose, and a genuine desire to make a difference.


“The training has been impactful and timely as I prepare for a new role. Learning to lead with love and empathy will make my new responsibilities more manageable. The facilitator’s insights on self-love resonated with me – ‘I owe myself first.’ I anticipate implementing these lessons in my team.” – Lovette Ochicha, Sport 247 Network

“The workshop has been a mind-expanding experience. Emphasising the Love Quotient in our work has challenged us to prioritise humanity over deadlines. The practical sessions and case studies provided a friendly atmosphere for learning and collaboration. I now understand the depth of impact we can make when we genuinely love ourselves and others.” – Opeoluwa Taiwo, Founder/CEO, Africa Bridge Initiative

Looking Ahead

The enthusiasm from participants for continued learning was palpable. Both CSR-in-Action and Access Bank remain dedicated to empowering NGOs and fostering a culture of love, empathy, and effectiveness within the sector. By embracing the “Love Quotient,” NGOs can not only achieve impactful results but also create a more fulfilling and meaningful work environment for their teams.

Nigeria-Britain Association Holds its Annual Lecture Series

The Nigeria-Britain Association (N-BA) hosted its annual lecture series on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Victoria Island, Lagos. This year’s event, centred around the theme “Strategic Leadership for Economic Growth and Development,” brought together distinguished speakers and experts in various fields.

The N-BA is a non-profit organisation committed to fostering connections among individuals and entities in Nigeria, Britain, and the Commonwealth residing in Nigeria. The Association also organises social, cultural and business activities designed to bring together friends and associates from Nigeria, Britain and the Commonwealth with a collective vision to impact positively on the community.

The lecture series featured notable speakers such as Bekeme Masade-Olowola, the co-founder and President of CSR-in-Action Group; Dr. Kunbi Wuraola, Director of Policy and Partnerships for Africa at New Globe; Niyi Yusuf, Chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG); Olufemi Awoyemi, Founder/Chairman of Proshare; and Tope Fasua, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Affairs. The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu was ably represented by Mr. Akinyemi Bankole Ajigbotafe, the honourable commissioner for wealth creation and employment.

During her address, Bekeme emphasised that the challenges in Nigeria are not inherent to its people; rather, divisions are rooted in terminologies, and, fundamentally, Nigerians share interconnectedness. She underscored the need for a collective shift towards strategic leadership by advocating for sustainability-driven leadership and organisational development. Drawing inspiration from Jeffrey A. Kraines, she quoted, “A savant leader focuses on the growth of people and the communities they belong to,” stressing the importance of a leadership approach that prioritises both individual and communal development.

The event served as a platform for the exchange of ideas and discussions on key topics related to strategic leadership, economic growth, and development. The diverse perspectives shared by the esteemed speakers added depth to the dialogue, contributing to the association’s mission of enhancing relationships within the Nigeria-Britain and Commonwealth community in Nigeria.

CSR-in-Action Chief Executive Wins Top Award at the Inaugural Industry Women Conference

The Nigerian corporate world witnessed a dazzling display of female leadership and achievement at the inaugural Industry Women Conference.

Bekeme Masade-Olowola, the Chief Executive of CSR-In-Action Group, was honoured with the Industry Change Maker Award in CSR/Sustainability at the inaugural Industry Women Conference organised by The Industry Newspaper. The event unfolded on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Sheba Halls in Ikeja, Lagos, under the overarching theme “SHE WINS.” Distinguished speakers, including Ms. Ogo Ofomata (Director, Airtel Business Ethics), Ms. Edidiong Uwemakpan (Vice President, Communications and PR, Moniepoint Inc), Mrs. Chioma Afe (Director, External Affairs and Sustainability, Seplat Energy), and Ms. Ogochukwu Elloike (Manager, Corporate Communications, Flour Mills of Nigeria), shared their insights.

Among the notable attendees was the Chief Press Secretary of Lagos, Mr. Gboyega Akoshile,  representing the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu. The conference, a groundbreaking initiative, aimed to challenge gender biases against Nigerian women while celebrating their remarkable achievements across diverse industries.

Bekeme’s receipt of the award underscores her unwavering dedication, leadership, and exemplary contributions, leaving an indelible mark on the corporate sustainability landscape. Her recognition at this significant event is a testament to the profound impact she has made in advancing the cause of sustainability and gender inclusivity.


Are you interested in obtaining certification in sustainability practices?

The recently revised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Universal Standards enhance the foundation of reporting, providing the highest level of transparency regarding an organisation’s impacts on the economy, environment, and people.

These Standards equip organisations with the necessary tools to address regulatory disclosure requirements at the global (e.g., the United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress (CoP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)) and national (cue the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP) and the NGX Sustainability Disclosure Guidelines) levels, using the versatile GRI reporting framework across various sectors.

As one of the GRI Certified Training Partners in Africa, CSR-in-Action now offers GRI Certified Training Courses. These courses delve into the key features of the new Universal Standards for 2021 while examining the global and regional reporting landscape. Additionally, we have introduced eight new courses that participants can take advantage of:

  • Reporting on Human Rights with GRI Standards 2021 Update 
  • Integrating the SDGs into Sustainability Reporting 
  • GRI 207: Tax 2019 Standard
  • GRI Content Index Course 2021 Update
  • Transitioning to the GRI Standards 2021 Update
  • GRI 306: Waste
  • GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety
  • Reporting with GRI 11: Oil and Gas Sector 2021

 These new modules can be taken together or individually by new participants or former participants who have completed the GRI Certified Training Course.  

 Date: Tuesday, 27 February to Thursday, 29 February 2024

Time: 2 pm WAT


Why Register?

  • Gain a competitive edge: GRI training imparts the knowledge and skills needed to proficiently conduct transparent reporting on your organisation’s economic, environmental, and social impacts, ensuring comprehensive, accurate, and compliant reports with global and national requirements.
  • Navigate the Regulatory Landscape: GRI training courses empower participants with a comprehensive grasp of diverse regulatory frameworks that mandate organisations to disclose specific information related to sustainability. This training ensures a heightened ability to navigate and adhere to the complex regulatory landscape surrounding sustainability reporting.
  • Deepen Your Sustainability Knowledge: Our GRI Certified Training Courses, delivered by some of Africa’s leading sustainability experts, are designed to deepen your understanding and knowledge of sustainable practices, equipping you with valuable insights into the intricacies of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what past participants had to say:

  • “This training was a major eye-opener . I was glad that at the end of the session I was able to identify 15 initiatives, (and other) changes that can be made to our sustainability programmes and reporting.” – Olumide Orojimi, Head Corporate Communications, Nigeria Stock Exchange
  • “The team is very passionate about the environment and a creative learning environment to engender or challenge participants to rethink the impacts of the environment and the quality of their sustainability reporting for long-term benefits. They are disciplined, to time, and excellently knowledgeable about the GRI standards and its application, using local case studies. I will recommend others to attend the training”. – Boluwatiwi Omidiji, Citizenship Officer, Union Bank
  • “The program was an eye-opener to global issues and the need to report best practice behaviours and practices”. – Tunde Oladipo, Sponsorship Marketing Lead, Dangote Industries Limited
  • “The training was well-done, (and) the facilitators well-thorough. Kudos to the team at CSR-in-Action”. – Bisola Sarumi-Ejoga, CSR Manager, Flour Mills of Nigeria.

Act fast, as spaces are limited.

Kindly register HERE and payment information will be emailed to you. Once we receive payment, we will confirm your registration.

If you have further questions, please contact Isaac at , or at +234 906 263 4122 or +234 906 263 4116

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