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Dangote Group’s SGD Goals: Pioneering Environmental Sustainability in Business

Dangote Group, Africa’s leading industrial conglomerate, a comprehensive sustainability strategy, has showcased its commitment to environmental preservation and sustainable development.

With a keen focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the conglomerate aims to pave the way for a greener and more prosperous future for both Nigeria and the African continent.

Dangote Group, founded by Nigerian business magnate Aliko Dangote, has long been recognized for its contributions to economic growth and employment generation.

However, in recent years, the conglomerate has taken substantial strides toward integrating sustainable practices into its operations.

By aligning its objectives with the SDGs, Dangote Group has solidified its dedication to mitigating environmental impact and promoting sustainable growth.

The Company says it has fully engrained sustainability into all aspects of its operation by adopting seven out of the fourteen sustainable development goals for environmental sustainability.

The Sustainability Manager, Dangote Group Pan Africa, Dr. Igazeuma Okoreba, while speaking at a 2 day Environmental Journalism training organized for Journalists
from Kogi, Benue, FCT, Kwara and Niger States holding at the Dangote Academy, Obaja, Kogi State.

Dr. Okoroba

Dr. Okoroba advised media practitioners to report beyond the finances, profit and loss accomplishments, and activities of the Dangote Group, by urging the media to always look at the Environment sustainability policy put in place by the Dangote Group.

She said the Group’s Environment sustainability was an initiative conceived in 2017 and 2018

At the forefront of Dangote Group’s sustainability initiatives is its commitment to SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. Recognizing the importance of clean and renewable energy sources, the conglomerate has invested significantly in renewable energy projects, particularly in solar and wind power.

By diversifying its energy sources, Dangote Group aims to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to Nigeria’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Furthermore, Dangote Group has embraced SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, by implementing sustainable industrial practices across its various sectors.

The conglomerate has implemented advanced technologies and optimized resource utilization to minimize waste and emissions. By adopting circular economy principles, Dangote Group aims to enhance resource efficiency, reduce environmental degradation, and promote sustainable industrialization across the continent.

In line with SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Dangote Group has prioritized the development of eco-friendly infrastructure projects. The conglomerate aims to build sustainable cities that integrate green spaces, promote clean transportation, and provide affordable and energy-efficient housing solutions.

By doing so, Dangote Group aims to create livable urban environments while reducing the strain on natural resources.

Additionally, Dangote Group is actively working towards SDG 13: Climate Action, acknowledging the urgent need to combat climate change. The conglomerate has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance climate resilience, and promote sustainable land management practices.

Dr. Okoroba said through collaborations with local communities and stakeholders, the Dangote Group aims to raise awareness and drive collective action to address climate change challenges.

According to her “to ensure the success and transparency of its sustainability efforts, Dangote Group has established robust monitoring and reporting mechanisms.

“The conglomerate regularly measures and evaluates its environmental performance, setting benchmarks and targets to track progress.

“By adhering to international standards and best practices, Dangote Group aims to uphold the highest levels of environmental accountability”, she said.

Dr. Okoroba explained that it has become necessary for Journalists to have an insight into the environmental sustainability policy of Dangote Group that meets international standards.

She called on the media to be in the vanguard of reporting environmental sustainability, pointing out that the need for conscious reporting and awareness campaigns by the media on sustainability has become very important.

In recognition of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Dangote Group has earned several accolades and certifications over the years, including the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

These achievements highlight the conglomerate’s dedication to creating a positive impact on the environment while fostering economic growth and social development.

As Dangote Group continues to forge ahead on its sustainable development journey, its efforts serve as an inspiration for other businesses in Africa and beyond.

By integrating environmental sustainability into their core operations, businesses can contribute to a more conducive atmosphere.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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