UN Global Compact Names Safaricom as Global Compact Lead

LEAD participation demonstrates a company’s ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles

From left, Safaricom PLC board member Bitange Ndemo, Safaricom PLC CEO Peter Ndegwa, Melvin Marsh International CEO Flora Mutahi, Safaricom PLC 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.

  • LEAD participation demonstrates a company’s ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles

Safaricom is a Compact LEAD participant for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.

Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, comments:

“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 PLC.

Each UN Global Compact Action Platform aims to bring together businesses, leading experts, civil society, governments and UN partners to solve complex issues and innovate around Sustainable Development Goals.

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 the Global Supply chain.