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UK, Kenya keen to foster business relations

The British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) has released its 2021 Integrity Index report which features at least 47 companies from different sectors in the country.

The listed companies varying in sizes from those with three to at least 3,000 employees reflected Kenya’s diversified economy.

Announcing the list of companies making up the BCCK 2021 Integrity Index, United Kingdom (UK’s) Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Kenya Theo Clarke-MP, said that integrity remains a key pillar in building mutual prosperity for the UK and Kenya.

“I am delighted to be here, as we rebuild our economies together from the Covid-19 pandemic, and through COP26, to accelerate action against climate change,” Clarke.

BCCK Chairperson Sonal Sejpal said that the BCCK Integrity Index recognizes efforts being made to run a trusted and ethical business.

“We aim to prove that ethical business pays, by signposting index companies to UK organisations looking for Kenyan partners,” said Sejpal.

Farida Abbas, CEO BCCK, said, “Index companies are assessed on their regulatory compliance, track record and rules-based policies covering bribery, embezzlement, corruption and money laundering. BCCK and our partners will continue to support these businesses in embedding integrity best practices in their operations.”

UK and Kenyan businesses are among the largest investors, employers and taxpayers in Kenya, well-represented across all sectors: including agriculture and horticulture, renewable energy, technology, infrastructure, fast-moving consumer goods, human capital, security and financial and professional services.

The BCCK’s Business Integrity Initiative provides practical guidance, toolkits and public private dialogues. Programming is delivered in partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Global Compact Network Kenya, B Lab East Africa, the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and the Institute of Internal Auditors Kenya Chapter.

By Joseph Ng’ang’a

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