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Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya – The Knowledge Center held its 2nd Private Sector Conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa on the 26th of April. The conference, attended by approximately 280 delegates provided a good opportunity through a series of workshops for businesses to share knowledge on what is needed to scale and grow.In attendance was the KEPSA CEO Carole Kariuki, The Dutch Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Frans Makken, The General Manager at Philips East Africa, Roelof Assies, among other business leaders and members of the academia. A conference report entailing the key insights gathered in the workshops and plenary sessions will be shared soon.Themed "Future-Proof Business: From Trends to Habits", the core agenda of this year's conference was to look at ways in which businesses can embrace sustainability and inclusiveness to be at the core of their business operations, while having a larger foresight of their business impact and lifespan.
SIB Kenya, on behalf of the Canadian Embassy, The Ministry of Mining and Association of Women in Energy and Extractives organized a Forum on CSR/Sustainable Inclusive Business in the Extractive Industry in Kenya, held on the 21st of March at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel.To check the Hashtag, click here.
The forum brought together various key players in the extractive industry in Kenya, led by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Mining Hon. Dan Kazungu, the Canadian High Commissioner Sara Hradecky as well as companies such as Acacia Mining and Base Titanium. Attended by over 100 attendees, the forum, through a series of panel discussions and audience contributions, conversations were held regarding some of the many issues facing women in the extractives industry.
Kenya’s Mining Sector is the second-highest growth sector in the country, registering a 14.7% growth in the year 2015 rising from KES21.1b in 2014 to KES24.2b in 2015 (economic Survey 2016). Despite this growth, there still remains significant scope to increase women’s economic engagement and investment in the sector.
The High Commission of Canada to Kenya and SIB Kenya (the Sustainable Inclusive Business – Knowledge Centre under KEPSA and supported by MVO Nederland and the Dutch Embassy) in partnership with the Ministry of Mining of the Republic of Kenya and AWEIK (Association for Women in Energy and Extractive in Kenya) are organizing a forum on CSR/ Sustainable Inclusive Business in the Extractives Industries in Kenya, to be held on 22 March 2017.
Innovation is a key element of sustainability. This therefore implies that for any business to embrace sustainability, it should embrace innovation elements in its functions. Innovation is a very important area for any business that wishes to be Future-Proof.
In this year’s conference, we will put extra focus into the entire aspect of Innovation, focusing on the various innovative successes, and how to tap into theopportunities brought about by technology and information, to make need-based innovations. At a conference in Davos in 2016, the various global corporate leaders in aattendance, highlighted the role of innovation in promoting sustainability. To read more on this, click here.
SIB Kenya held a meeting with David Mwagiru of the Canadian Embassy. The meeting, attended by Karin Boomsma and Willem Lageweg was for the purpose of creating any areas of collaboration. SIB together with the Canadian Embassy are crafting ways of designing a workshop on Mining and Extractives and highlighting the issues facing this sector.
SIB Kenya, represented by Joshua Mutisya, today had a meeting with Gideon Lepalo, the Executive Director of Save Lake Turkana Campaign Project. The meeting was to identify the various areas of collaboration,and empowering social business enterprises being run by women in Turkana.
Globalization of the economy, the breaking down of national boundaries and the organization of nations into regional economic blocs have made the business environment complex and continues to threaten the survival of many Kenyan businesses, according to a Nairobi-based Knowledge Centre. Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) – a partnership between the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and MVO Nederland with the support of the Embassy of The Netherlands – says whereas these developments have come with incredible benefits, the immense challenges for big and small business cannot be understated. “Markets have expanded, information has moved from the physical library to the tip of our fingers and opportunities for affordable marketing have literally flooded the market,” said SIB’s Karin Boomsma.
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SIB Kenya is participating in the Second High Level Meeting on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation happening at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). We will have a side-event on 1st December at the Robin Room to discuss on How to Make Businesses Future-Proof. Together we will discuss the opportunities within various business areas with solid business examples, experts and hands on tips and tricks. At the end we will have a look at how responsible business practices (from within the company, throughout the value/supply chain till the end consumer) will impact People, Planet and Profit. We also have set up an exhibition booth which will provide visitors with more insights into what we do, and how together, we can make a positive difference :)
Karin Boomsma attended the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership Breakfast Meeting that was for the purpose of checking the progress that has been made by the GTTP Program. The GTTP Program works towards educating students on matters travel, tourism and hospitality. This inspires many students to venture into careers in the tourism industry.
Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya had a Roundtable Meeting at the Embassy of the Netherlands on 16th November 2016. The round-table was solely for the purpose of holding a candid discussion on matters Transparency, with the code of ethics being discussed that of Marketing Social Research Association (MSRA). To view the code, click here. Chaired by Karin Boomsma, talks evolved around the challenges businesses face as they implement their code of ethics, working on aligning standards, procurement processes and the code of ethics, how to carefully distinguish the various roles and identify the opportunities and finally identifying the areas of collaboration for all the stakeholders. The persons present, having acknowledged transparency as a key driver to the success of businesses, highlighted the need for more legal capacity, as well as stating that lack of commitment by various stakeholders as a huge hindrance to achieving transparency.
Joshua Mutisya, a member of the SIB team, attended the World Climate Change Simulation Training organized by the Strathmore University Center for Sustainability Leadership and Climate Interactive. The exercise was a good opportunity to learn on matters climate change and also experience the hectic negotiations that are currently underway in efforts to reduce the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. The attendees were branded as Sustainability champions in the society around them. SIB Kenya believes that businesses can have a positive impact on Planet by embracing green solutions. However, this task is not entirely laid on businesses and governments to accomplish. It is also the responsibility of each and everyone of us to work towards reducing their personal carbon footprint, and also a lot of education needs to be fed to the public that indeed climate change is a reality.
Karin Boomsma attended, and was a keynote speaker at a breakfast conference organized by the Kenya Flower Council and the Business for Social Responsibility. The discussion was on how the private sector can play a role in advancing workers' welfare. There were different private sector initiatives which showcased how some businesses are already advancing the welfare of workers and optimizing positive gender relations in the workplace. Others in attendance were Jane Ngige, the CEO of KFC and Lauren Shields, manager of BSR. SIB Kenya believes that businesses have a crucial role to play in improving the lives of people working for them through embracing employee engagement programs at the workplace. This implies that businesses do not only have to only focus on reaping profits at the expenses of their worker's wellbeing, but also to improving their lives and the society at large.