To increase the quality and the extent of business contribution to socio-economic development by making corporate social responsibility an essential part of business excellence.
Encourage Responsible Business Practices
Support efforts at evaluating business impact on sustainable development indices – Economic, Social and Environment.
Encourage business to increase the depth and extent of contribution to sustainable development.
- Advocacy and awareness creation
- Information collection and dissemination
The key areas for the CSR programme are:
Advocacy and awareness creation
The programme activity intends to give CSR a fixed identity by providing information and dispelling misconceptions. The aim is to provide information on the importance and benefits of companies embracing CSR especially in relation to the fight against poverty. A secondary aim is to establish and ensure a continuous dialogue on CSR.
Research, information collection and dissemination
The programme activity intends to strengthen the knowledge base by creating actual facts and information on CSR in . Currently, there is limited research information on CSR in . Research is urgently needed to provide a sound basis for the CSR programme. Also, there is a need to determine the fundamental business case for CSR in the region, so as to influence business behaviour and contribution to society.
The programme activity intends to develop and encourage specific CSR standards in East Africa. The aim is to assist companies develop good CSR programmes using a specific benchmark of excellence.
Training and development
The programme activity intends to build the necessary skills and expertise within the Corporate and Non-Profit sector to enhance CSR initiatives. The aim is to provide necessary information and knowledge to practitioners, expand the limited human resource base and to provide Non-Profits with actual skills for engaging companies on CSR issues. Training is also intended as a means of influencing management decision making so that it is more sensitive to CSR issues.
Corporate Social Responsibility Highlights
Social Reporting Engagement
Since 2003 upto date, Ufadhili has been providing valuable input into theFIRE Awards, which is an annual event on financial reporting organised jointly by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE), and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA). Ufadhili gives lead technical support to the FIRE Awards in the development of its social reporting component. The organisation has also served as evaluator of various companies’ annual reports.
Ufadhili Trust held the 1st CSR Seminar in March 2003 at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Traidcraft, a UK-based NGO, to conduct a two-day workshop for NGO leaders in work with the corporate sector.
In 2005, Ufadhili developed and launched a CSR Kit in three East African countries; Kenya, and with the Federation of Uganda Employers, Uganda Investment Authority, and the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, and in Dar-es-Salaam with the CEO Round Table.
We have widely distributed the kit, which offers a useful guide for business involvement in the community.
Ufadhili collaborated with UNDP in the launch of the Global Compact Programme in Kenya . UNDP had earlier requested Ufadhili to conduct a baseline study, The Status of CSR in Kenya, for the programme.
The CSR Leaders’ Forum was launched in 2006 targeting business leaders. Ufadhili endorsed the idea of a leaders’ forum at the inauguration and tasked the organization to facilitate quarterly forums in partnership with key business leaders. In September, hosted the second leaders’ forum, which focused on safety in the workplace.
The East Africa CSR Conference took place from 29th November to 1stDecember 2006. Representative from all three East African countries attended. The event included over 30 corporate presentations, a debate on responsible media, and cocktails. The Business in the Community (BITC) invited Elkanah Odembo, the then Executive Director of Ufadhili Trust, to participate at the BITC CSR Awards in . Its main aim is to promote CSR among companies. Some 700 or so companies attended the annual event, which HRH, Prince Charles graced. BITC is keen to work with and support Ufadhili Trust in pushing the CSR agenda further in the region.
At the annual conference and exhibition of Kenya Private Sector Alliance, His Excellency, President Mwai Kibaki, presented Ufadhili Trust with a trophy for best exhibit on CSR work.
Ufadhili has generated and disseminated significant CSR information and materials to business associations and individual companies. We have developed various modules for CSR training, distinguishing ourselves as a leading organisation in the CSR arena. We offer workshops and seminars to train private sector managers on the essentials of CSR and how to make it a part of the business strategy.
Report on Eco Tourism at Karen Blixen Camp
Karen Blixen Camp is an eco friendly luxury camp located in the beautiful Mara North Conservancy. The Camp strongly believe responsible tourism has the capacity to protect a natural wildlife area, alleviate poverty through proper working conditions and contribute positively to the local community.
KCB’s Sustainability Report, 2007
KCB’s Sustainability Report presents a review of the bank’s economic, social and environmental impact and obligations for the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007. Read /download report here