As a corporate entity with deep social and economic ties, Food Concepts recognises that it has a Corporate Social Responsibility toward the communities and environments in which it operates. As such, we consistently focus on ways to improve on the quality of human and natural life that falls within the sphere of our operations. Key initiatives include:
SOS Children’s Village
Food Concepts continues to partner with SOS Children’s Villages. Our aim is to bring to fruition the hopes and aspirations of a microcosm of underprivileged children, by sponsoring a Family House within the SOS Children’s Village in Nigeria.
Our commitment to the welfare of these children goes beyond mere donations. We sponsor their education, clothing, accommodation and feeding. We also facilitate an annual program through which technical services training is provided for children who are technically inclined, to ensure that they become useful artisans and can provide our nation with valuable resources. We also provide career opportunities within the Food Concepts Group for some of the children who have completed their tertiary education and are seeking employment.
Akim Government Secondary School
Within the company’s focus on the welfare of the Nigerian Child, Food Concepts sponsored a borehole facility and a number of HP computers to the Government Secondary School, Akim, in Calabar Town, Cross Rivers State.
Before our involvement, this school lacked the most basic necessity required to aid and equip young pupils: they lacked water as a precious resource. With a population of over 2,000 students, the provision of a 4,000 litre borehole facility was considered to be of the greatest good. The borehole has alleviated the school’s need to buy water for daily consumption and general use, which was clearly unsustainable. We believe this initiative will greatly impact the health and learning conditions for children and teachers alike.
Chicken Republic Under 16 Junior Tennis Championship
As part our commitment to contribute to the meaningful development of http://www.jump4loves.com/ youths, Food Concepts undertook a title sponsorship for the Chicken Republic Under 16 Junior Tennis Championships in March 2009, at the Lawn Tennis Club in Onikan, Lagos.
The purpose of the tournament was to encourage sporting activities among youths and more importantly to promote physical, mental and social wellbeing. The tournament was organised, funded and promoted by the company in order to discover young talents and to harness their potential as future champions and possibly, great ambassadors of Nigeria in times to come. It is our intention to continue to sponsor this event biannually.
Free Range Farms Community Development
Our Free Range Farms project has been structured as a further testament to our commitment to acting responsibly and in line with the communities and natural environments in which we operate.
We have already provided substantial financial compensation to local farmers and croppers affected by the land acquisition required for the Free Range Farms project. Our further aims are to develop the project in a manner that is conducive to grass roots partnership, with the ultimate goal of creating skills development and employment opportunities to the Isaga / Ilewo communities, Abeokuta North Local government area and eventually the entire Ogun State.
In addition, we have partnered with experts both within and outside of Nigeria to ensure that our farms are developed with the utmost environmental consciousness. For example, part of our farming project will include the implementation of filtering systems in local streams, which will in turn, provide clean water to neighbouring communities as well.