By Mourice Seretta
Kenya Breweries Limited has been named Private Sector winner of the 2020 SDGs Kenya Awards, during the National Sustainable Development Stakeholders Conference held in Mombasa.
KBL was recognized by the Sustainable Development Goals Forum in Kenya for mainstreaming the SDGs in their business model and demonstrating positive impact on economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development.
This is by putting in deliberate measures for leaving no one behind on their value chains with focus on gender equality, persons with disability and the youth; their efforts in forging partnerships and collaborations; supporting other value chain players to prioritize and implement the SDGS.
The Sustainable Development Goals Forum in Kenya is an inclusive membership platform on the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provides space for structured and coordinated Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) engagement with (national and subnational) governments, citizens, the private sector, media, academia and development partners
Receiving the award, KBL’s Head of Sustainability and Engagement Arnolda Shiundu said that the company was committed to continuously improve operations and create shared value to the entire operating eco-system.
“Our sustainability agenda goes beyond compliance to government regulations; it is a commitment from every function in our business to be a responsible corporate citizen and hold ourselves accountable to the communities we operate in. We have made huge strides in aligning our business operations to the Sustainable Development Goals and are honored to be recognised by the Sustainable Development Goals Forum in Kenya for our efforts,” said Ms. Shiundu.
“Our approach to sustainability is unique in the sense that it is focused on growing value in our communities, and ensuring that our products and operations do not cause harm. These efforts are anchored on 3 pillars which promote responsible drinking; champion inclusion and diversity and drives a more sustainable sourcing, production, packaging and distribution process,” she added.
KBL was also recently recognized by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Report of Sustainability 2020, for commitments, best practices and innovative efforts around the implementation of SDGs in Kenya. KBL is the only company in Kenya tracking 13 out of the 17 goals as listed below.
KBL’s Sustainability initiatives include operational efficiencies in the production processes, environmental conservation, vocational training programmes, diversity and inclusion, local sourcing, employee health and safety.