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NATIONAL GREEN AWARDS AND LECTURE – NAGREEN 2018

NATIONAL GREEN AWARDS AND LECTURE - NAGREEN 2018

– WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2018

Kings Communications Limited publishers of Money Management Series (MMS Plus) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Nigeria’s topmost agency on environmental issues and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is launching the first ever Nigeria’s NATIONAL GREEN AWARDS and LECTURE as part of Year 2018 World Environment Day Celebration. This year’s global event is running on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

National Green Awards and Lecture seeks to recognize and encourage organisations that are into responsible businesses – exhibiting leadership and innovation in sustainability approach to interaction with the environment. These organizations and individuals have recognized and adequately responded to the challenges of sustainable environmental management given their areas of operation. Some of the areas of consideration are oil and gas exploration, waste disposal/effluent management, erosion and flood control. Others are land degradation, deforestation, the increasing risks from climate change, protection and guaranteeing healthy marine ecosystem while developing marine economy and environment for offshore resources – The Blue Economy.

The annual United Nations World Environment Day (June 5) is an opportunity for organizations and individuals to evaluate and understand their two way interaction with the environment and build resilient businesses. Certainly, sustainability of our natural environment as well is not about saving resources but a mechanism to use available resources in a smarter way, a way that would guarantee future supply and profitability.

As Nigerians joins the rest of the world in this celebration, there is need to realize that the basic tasks before us, aside from securing and protecting our marine environment, include continuing the inventory of our marine species, as many of them have yet to be identified and catalogued, and developing technologies that can be used to set up enterprises using our blue ecosystem wealth in a sustainable way. For these and other tasks, we need manpower, including scientists and researchers, as well as entrepreneurs with a “blue economy” mindset. This has advised our theme for this maiden National Awards and Lecture: ‘The Blue Economy: Issues, Opportunities and Renewable Resources’.

The event which holds on Thursday, July 12, 2018 by 10.00am at the prestigious Goldengate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos under the distinguished chairmanship of Mr. Jite Okoloko, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Notore Chemical Industries Plc shall have the Honourable Minister of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril and Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA delivering the Keynote address and main lectures respectively.

The realization by individuals and organizations in Nigeria that environmental concerns should finally find its way from strategy and boardroom meetings to operations is heartwarming. In Nigeria today, a growing number of companies have realized that implementing environmentally friendly policies is strategic in their survival and indeed the entire mankind. National Green Awards beside recognising and encouraging leaders and innovators in responsible businesses, shall also be-

1.       encouraging other companies, organizations and individuals to look beyond their immediate facilities by ensuring that their manufacturing facilities are friendly to the environment and does not throw or generate harmful waste products into the environment.

2.      encourage companies to involve their suppliers in environmental initiatives and agendas. This is done by screening suppliers for environmental performance, working collaboratively with them on green design initiatives and providing training and information to build suppliers’ environmental management capacities.

3.      ensure companies recognize the need to adopt the strategy of materials reduction, recycling and reuse. This has been proved to generate significant environmental benefits and also opportunities for cost containment, improved risk management and enhanced quality and brand image.

4.      Optimize the benefits received from the development of marine environments such as fishery agreements, bio prospecting, oil and other mineral extractions, etc.

5.      Our success in making all stakeholders participate in these processes with the same gusto by empowering them to act immediately in response to the environmental problems, rather than simply offering suggestions is the main aim of the awards.

The awards fall into the following categories:

a.      The Green Company of the Year – Carbon/Radiation Management

b.      Best Supply Chain Management Company of the year – Recycling and Plastic Management

c.       Best Media Organisation/Environment Reporter of the year

d.      The Green Company of the Year – Energy and Ecosystem Management

e.      Best Environmental Protection Agency of the year (City/State)

f.        The Green Company of the Year – Land /Forestry Resources Management

g.      The Green Company of the Year – Marine Resources Management

h.     The Green Company of the Year – Waste Management

i.        The Green Government of the Year – Integrated Environment Management

j.        The Green Advocate of the Year

Disciplines from which the nominations shall come from include Energy and Ecosystems Stability, Marine Resources and Management, Waste Management and Land Resources. Others are Carbon/Radiation Buildup, Supply Chain Management, Transport and Social Impact/media.

Governments, organisations and individuals for awards consideration are drawn from States governments through the Ministries of The Environment, Oil and Gas companies, waste management companies and telecommunication companies. The others are chemicals and allied products manufacturing companies, NGOs working on the environment and the Media.

The nomination committee made up of notable experts drawn from National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management CISCM, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC), and key NGOs in this sphere Health of Mother Earth Foundation HoMEF and Friends of the Environment FOTE shall assess the nominees based on five sustainability indicators which should form the basis of any holistic sustainability strategy, hence-

1.       Carbon Trust Standards (CTS) – rates their energy usage and greenhouse gas emission, water usage and effluent management.

2.      Waste Management and Disposal Standards– rates their best practices and real achievements in waste reduction and reuse. It also rates organization’s real measures, management and reduction of the environmental impacts while also improving their resource management and operational sustainability.

3.      Eco-Management and Audit Scheme:Mainly by regulatory institutions to evaluate, manage and improve performances in environmental management

4.      ISO -14001: 2004 – rates employee involvement in the continuous performance improvement process, provision of information to the general public through verifiable annual publications of their environment statements and making public their compliance status through logos and other signs in their products and services.

5.      Forest Stewardship Council Rating – adapted from the United Kingdom, rates responsible management of forests for such benefits as ecological, economic and social for the sustainability of forests and related areas. Key points here are

a.      Planning and monitoring

b.      Implementing conservation strategies

c.       Reducing environmental impact on logging

d.      Improve conditions of forest workers

e.      Monitoring impact of forest management against factors of land degradation – erosion and other related defects.

NOMINATION CRITERIA

1.   Corporate

*          Must have exhibited verifiable track records in its environment management over the years

*          Should have a clear management policy on environment and green culture

*          Should have a system for rapid response to environment crisis

*          show a consistency in its support for environment-related programmes and initiatives at various levels

*          Must have a policy for training and re-training of staff/manpower in environment and related matters.

*          How has the organisation implemented conservation strategies?

*          Show in clear terms how your organisation has reduced environmental impact on logging.

*          How have you improved conditions of your forest workers?

2.   Government/Agencies

*          Must have a clear programme/policy for environmental management

*          Show a demonstrable capacity for the containment of environmental issues/disasters in the immediate past

*          Show clear road map for implementation of such programmes/policies

*          What training exists for the state/agency manpower

*          Does this state have in place any actionable disaster management programme in place?

3.   Media

*          Test case is a documented reportage/video or audio report within the period of last 18 months on an environment issue

*          How relevant is such report to humanity/societal development

*          How educative is such report?

*          Does this report ameliorate a situation or cause a positive change in attitude?

*          Does the language of this report(s) exemplify positive morals/value system, etc.

4.   Individuals

*          In clear terms, show what role(s) such an individual has played in improving the environment

*          How has such an individual displayed passion for the growth of green culture

*          For how long has this individual been engaged in promoting positive-environment attitude?

*          In what ways has this individual promoted education of the society for a green environment?

*          In what ways has the individual engaged the state and institutions towards promoting a healthy environment, etc?

SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

Sponsorship of this programme will serve as

1.       Community Projects – a window for companies driven by a deep sense of guaranteeing future supply and profitability to the company and the larger society otherwise referred to as Responsible Business. It entails the challenges of ensuring their activities meet and exceed the social environmental and economic expectations of their stakeholders.

2.      Special Project – a veritable tool for building and strengthening brands and brands visibility. This is more as the events will draw huge local and international media attention since it is directed at the very heart of the society – the environment.

3.      Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – a powerful opening to prove Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a continuing commitment; not just a catch-phrase.

 

PLATINUM                                                                         N15Million

This is for organisations that intend to draw the entire benefits as depicted below; it is for organisations with strong social commitment.

Here in summary are some of the benefits for sponsoring companies

·         Co-branding of the event

·         Your company name and logo will be on all printed/promotional materials – electronics/prints viz posters, flyers, newspaper adverts for the entire programme,

·         Free placement of your full colour advert in the events brochure as well as the company’s profile,

·         60 minutes set aside for your CEO or his representative to position your company in the minds of lovers of the environment – excerpts of which will run in the after event special reports in select national newspapers.

·         A full page post event documentation of your organisation’s environment related activities in both our online and hard copy platforms plus a 15minutes documentary showing on NTA network;

·         You shall have a prime branding space on the events website home page with hyperlink to your website.

 

DIAMOND                                                                          N10Million

This is also for organisations with strong social commitment that intend to draw some of the benefits depicted below.

 

·         Co-branding of the event

·         Your company name and logo will be on some of the printed/promotional materials – electronics/prints viz posters, flyers, newspaper adverts for the entire programme,

·         Free placement of your full colour advert in the events brochure as well as the company’s profile,

·         30 minutes set aside for your CEO or his representative to position your company in the minds of lovers of the environment,

·         A half page post event documentation of your organisation’s environment related activities in both our online and hard copy platforms plus a 10minutes documentary showing on NTA network;

·         You shall have a branding space on the events website home page with hyperlink to your website.

 

GOLD                                                                                    N7Million

This is also for organisations with strong social commitment that intend to draw some of the benefits depicted below.

·         Co-branding of the event

·         Your company name and logo will be on some of the printed/promotional materials – electronics/prints viz posters, flyers, newspaper adverts for the entire programme,

·         Free placement of your full colour advert in the events brochure as well as the company’s profile,

·         15 minutes set aside for your CEO or his representative to position your company in the minds of lovers of the environment,

·         A quartre page post event documentation of your organisation’s environment related activities in both our online and hard copy platforms plus a 5minutes documentary showing on NTA network;

·         You shall have a branding space on the events website home page with hyperlink to your website.

SILVER                                                                                N5Million

This is also for organisations with strong social commitment that intend to draw some of the benefits depicted below.

·         Co-branding of the event

·         Your company name and logo will be on some of the printed/promotional materials – electronics/prints viz posters, flyers, newspaper adverts for the entire programme,

·         Free placement of your full colour advert in the events brochure as well as the company’s profile,

·         10 minutes set aside for your CEO or his representative to position your company in the minds of lovers of the environment,

·         A 5minutes documentary showing on NTA network;

·         You shall have a branding space on the events website home page with hyperlink to your website.

 

BRONZE                                                                              N3Million

This is also for organisations with strong social commitment that intend to draw some of the benefits depicted below.

·         Co-branding of the event

·         Your company name and logo will be on some of the printed/promotional materials – electronics/prints viz posters, flyers, newspaper adverts for the entire programme,

·         Free placement of your full colour advert in the events brochure as well as the company’s profile,

·         5 minutes set aside for your CEO or his representative to position your company in the minds of lovers of the environment,

·         You shall have a branding space on the events website home page with hyperlink to your website.