Covenant University, committed to Corporate Social Responsibility
The Department of Sociology recently hosted a renowned lecturer of Sociology, Dr. Natasha Muller-Hirth and Mr. Jamie Hastings, the Regional Manager, International Office from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
To foster communication, interaction and knowledge, a departmental lecture was held in which Dr. Natasha Muller-Hirth gave a lecture titled, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Development in South Africa: Socio- Economic Contexts and Contemporary Issues”, at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Developmental Studies Multipurpose Hall.
In her presentation, the speaker described corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the direct and progressive activities that address issues that are environmental or social concerns and that benefit the company. Using South Africa as a case study for the importance of corporate social responsibility, Dr. Muller- Hirth stated that in South Africa, CSR is partly defined and motivated by the State.
Highlighting the challenges of South Africa’s social economic development faced by most companies, she said, “Companies are unable to contribute towards social responsibility due to inequality, poverty, economy deeply skewed, legacies of the past, and unevenness in terms of focus area”.
Meanwhile, the Regional Manager, International Office, Robert Gordon University, Jamie Hastings said Covenant University is blessed with talented students. He said due to the nature of his job, he has also witnessed Covenant University graduates soaring in different endeavour, impacting the world.
Mr. Hastings, therefore, urged multinational companies in Nigeria to involve more of local personnel (graduates) than expatriate, in order to empower local institutions that can develop and further enhance CSR in the country.
While making his remarks, The Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Oluranti Olurinola, said the visit of the Robert Gordon University officials was timely as Covenant University is always committed to teaching and corporate social responsibility.
In his words, “Covenant University has commenced a series of community development services aimed at impacting positively on the lives of people in its host community, Ota and its environs. The programme is part of deliberate efforts by the University to inculcate the spirit of leadership and responsible-citizenship skills in its students through the platform of community service,” he added.
The Head, Department of Sociology, Dr Tayo George, giving the vote of thanks, termed the presentation as “food for thought” that will provoke further research and discussions towards a better CSR in Nigeria and Africa has a whole.