Mr Sadiq Sillah, Chairman of Pujehun District Council admonished senior staff at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security that as elected officials, they have no qualms in challenging them to account for their service delivery functions to the agriculture sectors, particular in the areas of farmers welfare and the supply of seeds and inputs for agricultural production. Speaking at the Ministry’s annual retreat at Makeni City Hall, Mr Sillah congratulated the Minister for the delivery by Mr Leslie Scott, a member of the President’s delivery team on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security when he addressed Council Chairmen and other officials in Freetown just two days prior.
The acting Principal of Milton Margai School for the Blind, Mr Lansana Kamara, has said that the leading betting company, Mercury International Sierra Leone Limited has rescued them at the right time. A delegation from Mercury International headed by the Board Chairman of the Charity Foundation, Mr Samir Hassaniyeh donated a total sum of Le 20 million to the school on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at their school campus on Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
The World Bank, U.S. Embassy and the European Union have reiterated their commitment to collaborate with the Government of Sierra Leone to help strengthen the country’s Fisheries Sector through rebuilding of fisheries stocks, setting up of a sustainable fisheries management system that will result in improving livelihoods, government revenues, and attract responsible private sector investment. Briefing the local media today during a joint press conference held at the World Bank office in Freetown, heads of the three missions recognized the huge potential and centrality of the fisheries sector to improving the revenue base of the country, and that they were collaborating with the Government to address the issues inhibiting the growth of the sector.
Putting this brief piece together is a deliberate decision. And among many reasons, the desire to write it is borne out of the necessity to make an attempt to throw some light on the misconceptions of the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
In my view as a public relations tutor, the use of such an expression in so many different contexts has demonstrated either ignorance of the concept or a deliberate attempt especially by corporate institutions by cherry-picking the philanthropic aspect of CSR – corporate philanthropy – which by all means, has the proclivity to boost their corporate image.
In Sierra Leone for instance, each time a business house or corporate institution doles out funds or assistance in some other form to organisations, clubs or other groups, either the benefactor or beneficiary will refer to such assistance as being in line with the former’s corporate social responsibility. Essentially therefore, CSR has become synonymous with doing good in the community or society in which the corporate institutions exists and operates. Against this background, any attempt at elucidating this concept should begin with some historical trace of the evolution of the theory of corporate social responsibility.