Delta Air Lines, the leading US carrier in Ghana has presented Delta-branded promotional gifts, digital cameras, and a trophy to Active Innovators from Zambia for emerging as winners of the Social Impact Award at the 2019 Junior Achievement Africa Company of the Year (COY) finals.
The competition, hosted for the second successive year in Ghana, brought together 44 young entrepreneurs in senior secondary schools from Botswana, Eswatini, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as government officials, senior business executives and Junior Achievement Board Members.
Delta Air Lines, a three-time supporter of the COY competition sponsors the Social Impact Award, which recognizes values-driven corporate social responsibility and impact in the community.
Speaking to Citi News, Delta’s Vice President for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India (EMEAI), Shane Spyak, said, “At Delta, we’re committed to helping the communities where we live and work. I was very impressed by Active Innovators’ vision and innovative thinking to improve not only their school environment but also help young women less fortunate than they.”
CEO of Junior Achievement Africa, Elizabeth Bintliff stated that every year, the level of competition gets better, thus the need for the students to rise to the challenge every time.
“Every year, we challenge our students and they rise to the occasion each time. We are grateful to Delta Air Lines for recognizing Active Innovators for their social impact,” he said.
CEO of Active Innovators, Elvis Ngosa said “we are honored to be recognized by Delta Air Lines for our corporate responsibility.”
He expressed appreciation to Junior Achievement and Delta Air Lines for giving students across Africa the opportunity to build their entrepreneurship and work readiness skills from such a young age. .
The company produces a range of household kitchen items made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles and bottle tops with part of the profits donated to helping less fortunate women and young girls. They also donated some of their products to the Home Management and Hospitality Department in their school, and brooms to a nearby community school to ensure the students have clean facilities every day.