Telecommunications company, Safaricom PLC, has released its latest sustainable report indicating that the company created a total value of KES 664 Billion for the Kenyan society in the last financial year. This is 10 times greater than the profit the company made during the year.
According to the report’s “True Earnings” highlights, the firm contributed KES 557.1 billion to the economy in the 2020/2021 financial year, which is 5.2% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The independent analysis of Safaricom’s true value to society identifies the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the company and quantifies them in financial terms.
“Our Sustainable Business report, which covers our last fiscal year from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, discloses our efforts to achieve our purpose of transforming lives by transparently showing our successes, setbacks and future focus areas, all of which are important to our business and of interest to our stakeholders,” said Michael Joseph, Chairman, Safaricom.
The report also details how the telco sustained 190,273 direct and indirect jobs during the year and, if the wider effects on the economy are included, this number increases to over 1 million jobs.
Key among the environmental highlights of the report is the introduction of science-based carbon reduction targets which the company says will help them plan their progress towards becoming a net-zero carbon-emitting company by the year 2050.
According to the report, Safaricom has planted over 650,000 trees under its carbon offset tree growing initiative. This is part of the company’s commitment to grow 5 million trees in five years which it estimates will offset 26% of its emissions.
Safaricom has been documenting its sustainability journey since 2012 and in 2016 it integrated 9 of the17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its business strategy.
Looking ahead the company says it will continue to provide solutions to society’s most pressing challenges and support other businesses, especially small and medium enterprises to thrive through connectivity and financial services solutions.
“Going forward we will also endeavor to play a key role in driving healthcare and education inclusion as well as enabling smallholder farmers to become wealthier and commercially sustainable. We will also continue to integrate our 9 material SDGs, directly linked to our business growth strategy and which have enabled us to become a more sustainable company and create meaningful impact on communities that we serve”, said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.
The full Sustainable Business Report can be downloaded here
Key Highlights from the Safaricom Sustainability Report:
- The firm contributed KES 557.1 billion to the economy in the 2020/2021.
- The telco sustained 190,273 direct and indirect jobs during the year
- If wider economy effects are considered, the company contributes over 1 million jobs
- Safaricom has planted over 650,000 trees under its carbon offset tree growing initiative