The Company was recognised at the 2013 Water Awards commemorating the World Water Day in Abuja.
Guinness Nigeria Plc, on Thursday earned recognition from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Rural Water and Sanitation Initiative, RWASI, for its support to government towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe water and sanitation in the country.
The company, which is a member of the Diageo group, the world’s leading premium drinks business, and a key player in Nigeria’s beverage industry, was recognized as the “Most Socially Responsible Private Sector Company” at the 2013 Water Awards commemorating the World Water Day in Abuja.
The Minister for Water Resources, Serah Ochekpe, lauded Guinness Nigeria’s commitment to improving access to potable water and sanitation in rural and urban areas in Nigeria through integrated water resources projects, adding that it has shown outstanding commitment to the development of the water sector by delivering effective and efficient water projects to a large number of Nigerians.
The Minister, who said the recognition was to encourage the company to do more to support the water sector, called on other private sector players to emulate Guinness Nigeria to enable the country achieve 100 per cent access to potable water by 2025.
Similarly, she urged the three tiers of government, especially the local governments which are the closest to the people at the grassroots, to treat the provision of potable water as a priority programme to guarantee good health for the people.
The Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria, Seni Adetu, who was represented by Adrianne Nwagwu, Head of Sustainability and Responsibility, described Guinness Nigeria as not only a leader in the alcoholic beverage industry but also in the exercise of Corporate Social Responsibility.
She said the company has remained the benchmark for innovation and performance in both spheres of influence in Nigeria, pointing out that the award was a due recognition to Guinness Nigeria for enriching the lives of Nigerians in rural and urban communities by providing access to safe drinking and improved sanitary conditions.
“Guinness Nigeria does not measure business success using just financial targets, but also the positive contributions made to lives, communities and the environment through good business which is important to the company’s long-term success,” Mrs. Adetu said.
“The sustainability and responsibility of Guinness Nigeria are achieved by developing its communities through community investments, promoting responsible drinking and respect for the environment. The areas of focus of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities are the Water of Life initiative, health, education, sports, sponsorships, arts and culture,” she added.
The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, said the award to Guinness was deserved because of its huge investment in water development projects to improve the living conditions in communities across Nigeria.