USAID/USFS and SUSA conducted a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with 36 participants coming from the Industrial Park Development Corporation: Hawassa and Bole Lemi Industrial Parks, Ethiopian Investment Commission, Ethiopian Standards Agency, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the City Government of Addis Ababa Solid Waste Recycling & Disposal Office.

We are happy to share our report about this workshop with you (you can download it here).

In the report you can find detailed information about:

  1. Objectives of the workshop
  2. The approach we used in the workshop and the agenda
  3. Outcomes of the workshop
  4. Recommendation & next steps

The overall objective was to build capacity among industrial park developers and industries on CSR and EMS in order to foster sustainability in Ethiopia’s industrialization. Specific objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Create awareness about the importance of integrating long-term economic, environmental, and social aspects in the industries’ business strategies while maintaining global competitiveness and brand reputation
  • Analyze the role of stakeholders along the global supply chain and their impact on the industry’s sustainability
  • Provide an overview about international standards for social and environmental responsibility and understand the regulatory framework
  • Understand and reflect on the practical implementation of CSR in the industry
  • Analyze and develop ideas for a strategy towards improved communication between park developers and industries

“It was a wonderful experience. I think most of the participants are very interested and courageous to apply what they have learned, although sometimes we lack the power to implement it. We need to include people in high positions, appeal and convince those parties and organizations who can help us move forwards towards CSR.”- Representative from Hawassa Industrial Park

With a mix of custom-fit and high quality input and practical group activities we guided the participants trough the Workshop. Our  PROSPERe2e® approach ensured concrete steps to take for improving the situation regarding the identified problems:

  • Lack of support and monitoring of social and environmental issues from the government to the industries
  • Communication gap between the government and the industries
  • Poor infrastructure of industrial parks, specifically, drinking water in Hawassa Industrial Park



“A month ago, I received an email with the CSR guidelines of our company and at the time I didn’t understand well what it was all about. After the third day of the workshop, I read it again and now I totally understand them. Thank you for the workshop.”- Representative from Chargeurs Fashion Technologies PLC