As a leading business organization, Dangote Industries Limited has taken proactive steps to educate Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on fostering positive change and advancing sustainable production and consumption. This approach seeks to create a more conducive societal environment for economic development.
Arvind Pathak, the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, reiterated these principles during the Sustainable Living Fair, a discussion and exhibition event held in Lagos as part of the activities marking this year’s Sustainability Week, themed “Sustainable Production and Consumption – The Dangote Way.”
Pathak stated that the Dangote Cement Sustainability Week is a yearly tradition aimed at positively impacting host communities through employee volunteering across Dangote’s Nigerian and Pan-African plants, as well as all Dangote business units.
He highlighted that Dangote’s journey towards sustainability officially began in 2017 when the company adopted a set of seven Sustainability Pillars: cultural, economic, operational, social, environmental, financial, and institutional. These pillars are now integrated into all aspects of Dangote’s business operations.
Pathak revealed that since the inception of the Dangote Cement Sustainability Week in 2018, there has been a remarkable 73% increase in employee volunteers, illustrating the vibrant sustainability culture within the organization. The flagship event of this year’s Sustainability Week is the Dangote Sustainable Living Fair, designed to showcase various aspects of sustainable living.
At this fair, members of host communities, visitors, and employees have the opportunity to learn about prioritizing the use of natural and renewable resources. Exhibitors present alternative goods and solutions to consumers, creating a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Pathak commended the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for its commitment to good governance, particularly evident through the various environmental initiatives undertaken by the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. He urged all stakeholders to actively engage in educational sessions, patronize the exhibitors, network with sustainability enthusiasts, and share their newfound knowledge within their organizations and homes for effective implementation.
Nurudeen Yusuf, Head of Learning & Development at Dangote Cement, stressed the importance of addressing urgent environmental challenges by promoting sustainable production and consumption. He underscored the role of innovative solutions, groundbreaking technologies, and inspiring initiatives in paving the way toward a more sustainable world. The exhibition serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and inspiration.
Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, represented by Deputy Director, Climate Change and Environmental Planning, Bankole Michael, emphasized the need for responsible waste disposal. Improper waste management leads to environmental degradation, which can be prevented through disciplined waste disposal practices.
Wahab noted that government resources used for cleaning the environment could otherwise be allocated to health and education. He encouraged responsible and sustainable living to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable environment.
The event saw the participation of Dangote Group management, stakeholders from host communities, and representatives of the Nigeria Police Force. Discussions focused on climate change, global warming, the Circular economy (referred to as Dangcircular in Dangote Group), and efforts made by the company to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The panelists discussed practical strategies and initiatives for individuals and communities to reduce the negative impact of climate change in their daily lives.