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Safaricom Sustainability Report 2016



Our society is, first and foremost, the Kenyan people and then the broader regional and global community in which we

operate. We take pride in being a responsible corporate member of Kenyan society and remain committed to working

closely with Kenyans to be a respected and empowering contributor to the social and economic landscape of the country.

How did we deliver value to them during the year?

We deliver value to the society within which we operate on an ongoing basis as a top Kenyan tax payer and employer, and

by engaging and empowering groups and individuals throughout the country in a variety of diverse ways. The services we

provide through our network enhance and transform the lives of Kenyans every day, we also sponsor a variety of cultural

and sporting events, and have an active Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme.

Along with these ongoing channels, a few of the specific ways in which we have delivered value to Kenyan society during

the year include:

Supporting the Global Compact Network Kenya (GCNK)

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) encourages companies to benefit the economies and societies in which

they operate by committing to 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. We

renewed out commitment to its Local Network in Kenya during the year and seconded a full-time staff member to the

GCNK office.

Commissioner for the Business and Sustainable Development Commission

Our CEO, Bob Collymore, was also appointed as a Commissioner for the Business and Sustainable Development

Commission (BSDC) during the year, which aims to articulate and quantify the compelling economic case for business

to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Keeping anti-corruption on the local agenda

CEO Bob Collymore also continued his work as a member of the UNGC Anti-Corruption Working Group during the year

and was a speaker at the 17


Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting & International Anti-Corruption Conference

in Nairobi in December 2015. Co-hosted with the UN Global Compact Network Kenya and opened by the Kenyan

President, Uhuru Kenyatta, the event brought together over 400 high-level representatives from the private sector,

government, international organisations, civil society and the media to discuss the critical role of the private sector in

stemming the tide against corruption and the importance of all stakeholders — public, private and civil society — to

unite against corruption.

Protecting the rights of children

Having developed and published a Children’s Rights and Business Principles Policy last year, we worked to raise

awareness and integrate the policy into the various divisions within our business. We also raised awareness externally by

presenting at a CEO breakfast meeting.

Protecting the safety of Kenyans

The National Security Surveillance, Communication and Control System for Nairobi and Mombasa was completed

in November 2015. A partnership between Safaricom and the Government of Kenya, the state-of-the-art system has

connected 195 police stations in Nairobi and Mombasa to 1,800 CCTV cameras. The system is a response to the very

real, and growing, threat of terrorist attacks and we remain proud of our non-profit role in building a system that will

help the National Police Service protect the safety of Kenyans and save lives in an emergency.

Putting sustainability on the leadership agenda

In March 2016, we launched the African Sustainability Leadership programme in partnership with the UN GCNK,

Unilever and three world-class centers of research and teaching on business and sustainability issues, namely, the

Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) at the University of Cambridge, the University of Cape Town and Strathmore

University. Designed for senior executives, the programme helps decision makers change mindsets, develop innovative

solutions and use sustainability to transform commercial challenges and constrains into opportunities.