Bob Collymore, the Safaricom chief executive, has been named by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, to the UN Global Compact Board, a voluntary initiative aimed at recognizing businesses committed to adopting sustainable and socially-responsible policies.
“As Safaricom, we feel it is important for companies to report on their operations from a holistic perspective and to report on their sustainability credentials. Corporate governance and ethics are a key factor that underpins a company’s reputation.” said Collymore, while commenting on his appointment.
Collymore appointment to the UN Board follows a presentation made last year to the UN General Assembly on an initiative “Every Woman, Every Child,” which highlighted Safaricom’s commitment to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality using mobile technology.
“In Kenya we have one doctor for every 10,000 patients. Bearing in mind that we have more than 25 million mobile phones and less than 450 hospitals, it goes without saying that mobile technology should be used to create effective solutions for our healthcare challenges,” added Collymore.
He added that Safaricom has recognized that as a telecoms company, the use of mobile technology for health purposes can revolutionize society’s ability to deliver access and use health information to promote health, fight disease and respond to medical emergencies.
Other board members are Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Sir Mark Moody-Stuart (Ex Officio) Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact; Toshio Arima, Director and Executive Advisor to the Board, Fuji Xerox, Japan; Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board, BASF SE, Germany; Marilyn Carlson-Nelson, Chairperson, Carlson, USA; Fernando Chico Pardo, President, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), Mexico; Monica de Greiff; Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Energia de Bogota, Colombia; Samuel di Piazza, Vice Chair, Institutional Clients Group, Citi, USA; Fu Chengyu, Chairman, Sinopec Group, China; José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, former president and CEO, Petrobras, Brazil; Andrei Galaev, CEO, Sakhalin Energy, Investment Company Ltd., Russia; S. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys, India; Björn Hägglund, member of the Board, Alfa Laval AB, Sweden; Charles O. Holliday, chairman of the Board, Bank of America Corporation, United States and Li Decheng, Standing Vice President and Director General, China Enterprise Confederation/China Enterprise Directors Association, among others.