Safaricom, NEMA, UN Environment partner in new commitment to address plastic pollution

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Senior Manager, Sustainability and Social Policy, Safaricom, Karen Basiye, shows Director General, Nema, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu (left), Chairman, Nema, John Konchellah (second right) and Kenya Country Programme Coordinator, UN Environment, Cyrille-Lazare Siewe a sample of the Non Woven Safaricom bag during a plastic management stakeholder forum held Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa as part of the World Environment Day celebrations

Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has partnered with the UN Environment and National Environment Management Authority to establish an end-to-end plastic waste management programme in line with this year’s World Environment Day theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

The partnership will see a creation of a working group that brings together stakeholders mainly manufacturers, waste collectors and plastic waste recyclers to formulate an end-to-end solution to hard plastic wastes.

“We understand the importance of sustainable business practices. We consider the effects of our activities on natural resources and the environment and try to minimise these effects. We recognise that environmental considerations are not separate from our core business, but integral part of our overall business strategy,” said Karen Basiye, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Social Policy, Safaricom.

Statistics indicate that globally, we use 500 billion plastic bags each year yet it takes about 100 years for plastic to degrade. Last year, Safaricom launched their eco-friendly bags as part of their commitment to adapt to business practices that help conserve the environment.

“This partnership with Safaricom is part of an MOU we have covering climate change, waste management and green growth initiatives. Together, we hope to make a significant contribution towards reducing plastic waste pollution,” said Professor Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General National Environment Management Authority

This year’s World Environment Day calls on partnerships to raise awareness and inspire action to form a global movement needed to stop plastic pollution for good.

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