Safaricom has been named as a Global Compact LEAD participant for its ongoing commitment to the UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.
The telco, which is the only African company on the list, was identified as being among the most highly engaged participants of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. This is the 4th time since 2018 that the company has been included in the prestigious list.
(TOP: From left – Safaricom board member Bitange Ndemo; Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa; Melvin Marsh International CEO, Flora Mutahi; Safaricom’s Sustainable Business and Social Impact Manager, Karen Basiye; UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee; and Safaricom Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Steve Chege, during last year’s Safaricom Sustainability Report launch).
Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, said: “LEAD companies represent the highest level of engagement with the UN Global Compact. More than ever before, the world needs businesses of all sizes – like the ones announced as LEAD today – that continuously work to improve their sustainability performance and take action to build a better world.”
“We are honoured to have been included once again among the LEAD companies and we remain committed to our sustainability agenda covering key issues such as addressing our impact on the climate and building an inclusive business that not only meets the needs of our customers, but also reflects the diverse nature of our society”, said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.
To be eligible for LEAD, a company must be a participant in at least two UN Global Compact Action Platforms to demonstrate its engagement and commitment to defining and fostering leadership practices in line with the Ten Principles and the Global Goals.
In addition, companies must submit or commit to submitting an Advanced Communication on Progress – an annual sustainability report detailing progress on implementing the Ten Principles.
Safaricom was highlighted for demonstrating its commitment to the UN Global Compact this year by participating in Action Platforms on Climate Ambition, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions and Decent work in Global Supply chain.
Each UN Global Compact Action Platform convenes business, Global Compact Local Networks, leading experts, civil society, Governments and UN partners to solve complex and interconnected issues and innovate around the Sustainable Development Goals. Safaricom’s Communication on Progress (CoP) and other related information is available in its Participant profile on the UN Global Compact website.