The Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Awards were introduced in 2011 and are designed to recognise individuals, organisations and communities that positively contribute towards a sustainable world. Over the years, the awards have grown in popularity and are an opportunity for individuals and organisations to submit their entries of services, projects or products to compete under 13 environmental categories. For AfriSam, a leading concrete materials group in southern Africa, conserving the earth for future generations has always been part of its DNA. Its sponsorship of the Biodiversity category of the 2018 Eco-Logic Awards speaks to the essence of what the business is all about and is in line with the company’s mission of creating concrete possibilities.
With one of its core values as “Planet”, AfriSam works hard to minimise its carbon footprint through various initiatives and has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability through significant investment in research and the development of processes that enable it to produce products efficiently. The company continues to set the standard in terms of sustainable business practices and is considered the ‘green’ leader in the industry.
The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards gala event will be held on 5 June 2018 and the event will be an opportunity for eco-logical leaders, professionals and innovators to network and learn from each other. Prior to the event, all projects entered into the competition will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges who are experts on environmental matters. From the assessments, various winners will be chosen for each category and this will culminate in the announcement of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
The Biodiversity Award, sponsored by AfriSam, recognises an organisation’s success in a protection, rehabilitation and mitigation programme and applauds their work in contributing positively to the environment. It is closely linked to the organisation’s own in-house efforts and the work it has done over the years.
As a leading supplier of construction materials, AfriSam recognised the importance of a focused approach in conservation efforts and its role in leading on key initiatives in the industry. The company published its first environmental policy in 1994, an industry first at the time and since then, has made significant strides towards environmental sustainability. Much effort has gone into initiatives in the areas of energy optimisation, emission reduction, a clear focus on the optimal use of resources as well as the rehabilitation of its old mining sites to a self-sustaining state.
“This event is perfectly aligned to our value of ‘Planet’ that defines who we are and what we are passionate about as a business,” says Richard Tomes, Sales and Marketing Executive at AfriSam. “Recognising the importance of all role players in creating an environment in which we can all make a difference on the environmental front is key to our success. The awards give us a platform from which we can showcase our efforts, learn from each other and encourage more action from all stakeholders. There is no denying that we are in a global warming crisis and we need to intensify our efforts to address issues of climate change. We are the custodians of this earth and we need to do all that is in our power to advance this cause and mitigate the damage already done.”
At the annual Eco-Logic Awards gala dinner, finalists are invited to join an exclusive group of thought leaders and Green VIP’s in celebrating their efforts while networking with like-minded people. AfriSam looks forward to attending this event as a source of inspiration and continues to drive its own initiatives that will enable sustainable development.