We launched our Women in Business (WIB) in March 2017 in recognition of the significant impact empowering women-owned businesses can have on society and reducing inequalities. As part of the WIB programme, we have set ourselves the ambitious target of spending 10 per cent of our total procurement with women-owned and women-led businesses. We continued to focus on building the capacity of WIB companies during the year, enabling them to participate in tenders and, specifically, secure sub-contracting work.
We now have 65 women-owned or led businesses actively receiving business from Safaricom (an increase from 17 in FY18) and 25 new work assignments were awarded to women-owned or led businesses during the year, compared to 16 awards in FY19. We held our annual WIB even in September 2019, which 135 WIB participants attended, and we have continued to grow our list of prequalified womenowned businesses, from 178 to 205, so that, when a specific need arises, no further research needs be undertaken and the prequalified WIB suppliers can be invited to tender.