African employers should manage environmental health

Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo.
Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo.

Ghana had asked employers to manage environmental health impacts, as part of their business sustainability goals.

Ghana’s deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Bernice Adiku Heloo, urged employers to incorporate environment health and safety measures into their operations, to promote the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Speaking at the first Environmental Health and Safety Awards in Accra, she noted that science and technology have brought in its wake environmental and health impacts via socio- economic activities, reported Ghana News Agency.

To achieve the SDG’s, employers must ensure that their policies are also aimed at sustaining the environment, as state policies are.

Dr Heloo said the Ghanese government was “prepared to collaborate and support public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives in areas related to health, safety and environment.”

“Ghana recognizes public-private partnerships, and encourage business practitioners who make deliberate efforts to ensure environmental sustainability, while promoting corporate social responsibility in the society,’’ she said.

She commended Maximum Growth Africa, and GRATIS Foundation, for collaborating to promote environmental health and safety while creating jobs.

Maximum Growth Africa is a non–governmental organisation (NGO) that promotes environmental health and safety through conferences and exhibitions. It has been active for five years.

MGA is a platform for advocacy, networking, capacity building, sustainable environmental health, and productivity.

Francis Kwaidoo, CEO of Maximum Growth Africa, explained that the excellence award recognised companies, individuals, and organisations that promoted environmental health and sustainability.

They would sponsor transformative steps, which were urgently needed to collectively stimulate investor interest in environmentally sustainable projects, and help create two million jobs via different modules in five years.

The Environmental, Health and Safety Excellence Award, is aimed to help reduce the fragmentation of the eco-system as a result of economic activities.

It would also promote conservation of green and sustainable settlement, cities, and towns, in a planned and organised manner, for healthy, safe and sustainable development.

Business and industrial employers to be awarded, include investment in health and education; environmental sanitation; pollution reduction; innovative technology in oil, gas, mining, and construction.

The environmental health awards ceremony is on 22 October 2016.

CEO of GRATIS Foundation, Emmanuel Asiedu, noted that the unemployment problem in Ghana could be reduced significantly if every state and authority had focused on skills training, rather than academic training.

“Only when people have the required skills to work, are jobs created. We are ready to partner with more organisations that could help with job creation… to empower skills learners to become employers, instead of employees.”

The environmental health event was themed on ‘Transformative and sustainable change creates a Healthy and Wealthy Nation’’.

  • Source; Ghana News Agency
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