SEMAFO Foundation has received several awards for its activities in West Africa.
2016 CSR Prize
At the ceremony for “Prix RSE des sociétés minières 2016” (“2016 CSR Award for Mining Companies”), in the category “Mining companies’ CSR, a valuable tool for promoting a new model of development”, Foundation SEMAFO, through SEMAFO, was awarded a prize for female entrepreneurship and a special prize for communities and local development for the second year in a row. SEMAFO also received the prize for the best company CSR and the special prize for the environment.
2014 CSR Prize
SEMAFO was awarded the grand prize for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Mining Companies in Burkina Faso (RSE 2014), due to SEMAFO Foundation’s activities. The aim of the award is to encourage CSR in the mining sector in Burkina Faso. “This is a company that invests 2% of its profits to support communities and guides them in an inclusive manner in their sustainable development,” said Mr Alidou Ouedraogo, president of the jury.
At the same time, SEMAFO was also recipient of a special award for Communities and Local Development.
AFRIQUE EXPANSION PRIZE
Support for women’s entrepreneurship in Africa
SEMAFO Foundation was honored to receive an award from Forum Africa for excellence in its work in supporting women’s entrepreneurship. The award is presented in recognition of corporate support (through training, mentoring or financing) to develop projects led by women in Africa. In accepting the prize on behalf of the women’s group of Gnogondèmé Yona in Burkina Faso, general manager Chantal Guérin noted that the success of the project was due to the dedication of the women involved in the project for production of shea butter and shea-based products.
The 7th edition of Forum Africa was held between 16 and 18 September 2015 at the Centre Sheraton Montréal and constitutes the most important gathering in Canada for African investment. The event, which attracts some 500 participants (investors, companies, politicians and representatives of African governments), has the objective of promoting private investment in Africa. This year’s theme, “From now to 2025: Investment and business opportunities in Africa”, was in honour of the featured nation of Senegal.
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