CSI handbook launch set for June
Modelled along the lines of the South African CSI Handbook, the Namibia CSI Handbook seeks to advance or promote good CSI practices.
The publication, expected to be launched at the fourth Corporate Social Investment Business Summit to be held on 4 and 5 June, will also seek to showcase and publicize various CSI initiatives by corporates and Non Profit Organizations highlighting how they are making a difference in the lives of needy Namibians in the communities they operate in.
The publication will also create a platform for CSI practitioners and development agents to share experiences and in the process provide an opportunity for stakeholders to establish synergies on CSI projects.
Excel Business Consultancy Managing Director Corlen Masunda said, “by showcasing various CSI initiatives, the publication will encourage organizations that are currently investing in communities to do more and motivate those that are not currently involved to take part as they learn how others are impacting people’s ordinary lives.
“We believe active participation by all in social investment will significantly contribute to social development and play a role in the achievement of Vision 2030,” he added.
Masunda said about 60 corporates and NPOs have so far expressed interest in being profiled in the first edition of the CSI handbook. To ensure the widest reach of the handbook to various stakeholders and the public, the publishers of the CSI handbook said they will print at least 3000 copies to be distributed to business organizations, Government institutions, and NPOs across the country free of charge.
Excel is a Namibian company providing management and CSI consultancy services. The company said it is committed to promoting good Corporate Social Investment practises in Namibia.
Since 2012, Excel has been holding the Annual CSI Summit, a platform which has since been used for sharing best practices and networking among CSI practitioners.
Last year, over 50 delegates participated in the 3rdAnnual Corporate Social Investment Business Summit with speakers from South Africa, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the National Planning Commission and from the NGO sector.
This year, about 80 delegates are expected to attend the two-day summit at a venue to be announced.