Premium Bottled Mineral Water brand, Bel Aqua Mineral Water, has pledged to 10 years of environmental, social, and economic sustainability as the company’s guiding values for the next 10 years of its operations.
This was declared by Ruben Kordorwu, Commercial Manager of Blow Chem Industries Limited at an Anniversary Dinner for Bel-Aqua’s stakeholders at the Alisa Hotel on Friday.
According to Mr. Kordorwu, the next decade of Bel Aqua’s life will be dedicated to making positive socio-economic and environmental impact. To achieve this, Bel-Aqua has mapped out a comprehensive sustainability plan with programs around reducing the brands plastic footprints, collection and recycling of consumer plastic waste, and introduction of socio-economic sustainability initiative to empower vulnerable groups in society.
” Bel-Aqua today, is a company with vast brand and marketing success. The brand has been successfully extended and even stretched in some cases. With this level of accomplishment, we hope to evolve into a more sustainable business. A business that contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of the society we serve. We want to be known as a brand that minimizes the negative effects of our operations on the environment. These are the core values with which we approach the next decade. To achieve this, we have planned to increase our green and plastic recycling initiatives. We have already started by recycling all industrial PET waste in our productions, with plans to expand to consumer plastics in a couple of months” Mr. Kordorwu said.
Established in October 2011, Bel-Aqua mineral water has seen tremendous growth in market share and production capacity, given massive consumer endorsement owing to its preferred PH level of 7.5 to 8.0.
Starting with 3000 cartons per day Bel-Aqua boasts of a 70,000 carton-capacity factory and immediate plans of further expansions. Over the past decade, Bel-Aqua has won dozens of prestigious manufacturing, business and industries excellence awards like the Ghana Manufacturers Awards and Ghana Beverages Awards. The company has also won marketing and consumer preference awards like the CIMG Marketing Award.
Bel-Aqua Stakeholders, partners and distributors have positive sentiments to share about their partnership with the brand. They express optimism about the outlook of the company.
Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis
In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections.
This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.
Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.
In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.
Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.
The Solar Project
This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.
In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared: “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”
Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.
she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.
Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.
The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana.
This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.