MP advocates legislation of Corporate Social Responsibility

Accra- Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsawam Adoagyiri, has called for a legislation to regulate the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of corporate bodies in the country.

According to the Legislator, the country needs to revisit the CSR Draft Policy, which was started some two decades ago to address the current challenges.

Mr Annoh-Domprehin, in his statement before the House, noted that CSR in Ghana were in fragments and needed to be harmonised by a policy under a ministry or a body.

He said the Draft Policy was supported in international development to prevent charity and philanthropic organisations from siting similar projects in the same community.

He said although some companies and industries in the economy are contributing their quota towards development as part of their operational ethics, most of these projects were either abandoned by the beneficiaries or had become faulty.

Agreeably, while some companies are impacting society with their CSRs initiatives others do it for the glamour or name seek, this best describes Me too I will do some syndrome that have led some projects executed through CSR to be lying wasted or donation of substandard products to communities, Mr Annoh-Dompreh said.

Mr Annoh-Dompreh said many companies, after inaugurating their CSR projects, did not visit those communities nor put in place maintenance strategies.

This is not to say I am against these development partners or I am finding fault where there is none or perhaps I’m stirring a hornet nest but truth must be told, CSR in Ghana are in fragments and need to be harmonised by a policy under a ministry or a body, he said.

This is done in international development to prevent charity and philanthropy organisations from siting similar projects in the same community.

He cited recent reports, which indicate that Tullow Oil Ghana has invested 30 million dollars to impact some 240,000 lives in the Western Region, with the provision of boreholes, health support and enterprise development.

What this means is that people of Western Region, as time goes by, will begin to identify with Tullow Oil and the services it is rendering to them, wherein there will be limited chances of formation of militant groups and attacks on the company and its employees as is the case elsewhere, he said.

Alhaji Boniface Saddique Abubakar, the MP for Abokobi-Madina, supported the call to regulate CSR activities of corporate bodies.

He said Germany, for example, has legislation to control the CSR activities of corporate organisations.

He said legislation would help to promote and harmonise the activities of corporate organisations to ensure that the communities they work in benefit fully from the projects executed.

Mr Ras Mubarak, the MP for Kumbungu, expressed concern that the legislation of CSR could impact negatively on companies that could not make profits to sponsor projects yet could be caught by the law for not fulfilling its CSR.

He, however, advocated that companies should rather be encouraged to give back to society and not pass a law to force to them to provide CRS to the communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency