United Nations Global Compact New Executive Director
Safaricom’s Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Sanda Ojiambo, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, at an announcement made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Sanda assumes the role from June 17th to take over from Denmark’s Lise Kingo, who has been with the UN Global Compact since 2015.
Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa said “Sanda has been instrumental in leading our Sustainable Business team that focuses on Sustainability, Shared Value, Corporate Social Investment, and Technology for Development. She has also played a major role in the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our business operations,”
Sanda has served as Safaricom’s Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact since 2010. Before that she was the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, the USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also added that “Sanda brings 20 years of experience to lead the Global Compact in its next phase to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders and bring the full weight of the private sector to achieve the SDGs”
The United Nations Global Compact that was launched in July 2000 is a strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and motivates companies to integrate the SDGs into their core operations and funding activities.
Safaricom is an active member of the UN Global Compact and the only African Global Compact LEAD company. LEAD companies are identified for their high levels of engagement.
As a highly engaged participant of the UN Global Compact, Global Compact LEAD companies are uniquely positioned to inspire widespread uptake of sustainability solutions among businesses around the world. Other Global Compact LEAD companies include Unilever, Accenture, and Nestle.