May 15, 2009, 7:08 AM
Businesses and corporate bodies in the country need to redouble their efforts in giving back to the society, as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
Key sectors of our society such as health, education, environmental protection and conservation, as well as youth and women empowerment are critical areas where corporate bodies can channel their corporate social responsibility intervention funds.
You owe an obligation to the communities in which you live and earn your wealth from, thus the need to give back a small fraction of your income to them as well.
While we appreciate the efforts of some institutions and bodies, we are not happy with the level of commitment among many businesses in the country, when it comes to fulfilling their corporate social responsibilities.
Businesses need not to wait until they make huge profits for them to intervene in helping or supporting any good development initiative aimed at boosting the well-being of poor and needy Gambians.
Institutions such as Gamtel-Gamcel, Africell, SSHFC, SCB, Trust Bank, Bank PHB and a few others have been doing well when it comes to delivering on their corporate social responsibilities.
Yet, they are not the only ones in business!
Where are the other companies?
We challenge all business institutions in the country, public and private, to live up to meeting their corporate social responsibilities.