Nthomang Applauds Government

| April 14, 2015

Government has been commended for being active in carrying out the corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at uplifting the welfare of the society.

Speaking at the fourth year Social Work students’ seminar at the University of Botswana recently, Professor Keitseope Nthomang praised the Office of the President for being the ambassador of the corporate social responsibility.

Nonetheless, Prof Nthomang said there was need for government to propose a legal framework as most companies were negligent in fulfilling such. “Government should incorporate tax laws to deduct a certain percentage from companies in giving back to the society,” he said.

The Social Work students seminar, dubbed “social responsibility” was held under the theme ‘strengthening capacity building for sustainable development of local community through the development of corporate entity.’

Dean of Social Sciences, Professor Imogen Mogosi said the theme was timely and topical as it fitted well in the national concerns and aspirations.

She said that just like other countries, Botswana was also struggling to situate corporations in a new role to execute their activities with a responsibility in communities in which they were found.

“We want to ensure that corporations in Botswana voluntarily participated in sustainable development,” she said.

Thus, she called for corporations to exercise good citizenship, accountability and transparency, while engaging in profit making.

For her part, Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited board of trustees member, Ms Onkabetse Kobe said companies needed to be persuaded to contribute toward participating in social responsibility and refrain from the making perception that it was a burden.

Ms Kobe said there was need for people to be imparted with skills and knowledge so that they could sustain themselves, thus the basis for their funding.

She also noted that they were funding mostly under the banner of education since the country was faced with a crisis as reflected in the current schools pass rate.

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) head of corporate communication, Mr Tiro Onkabetse also said it was crucial to help in assisting where there was need.

He said BTC employees often selflessly contributed in assisting where there was need, citing the Abby campaign as one of the projects that they had lent a hand.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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