Sustainability - a natural part of everything we do
For us, sustainability is not an add-on but integral to our core business activities. We are always figuring out how to use natural resources more economically, to create lasting relationships with host communities, to increase the skills of the local labour force and make small businesses more resilient. We want everyone to gain from RA’s presence, not only our customers.
Focus areas and targets
In 2018, we turned these long-held principles into a structured sustainability programme; one with a strong foundation that would hold for years to come.
Our focus areas for 2019 and beyond are People & Skills Development, Labour Rights and Resource Management. These correlate closely with three SDGs in particular: SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 7 Affordable & Clean Energy, and SDG 8 Decent Work & Economic Growth (see below).
“To deliver immediate results and lasting change.”
This statement clearly expresses our long-held belief that a successful RA project is one which has an enduring positive effect on local communities, as well as delivering business results.
UN Global Compact:
From Signatory to Participant
RA International became a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact in 2008. In 2018, we stepped up our commitment to the Participant level, which means we are now even more actively engaged with the Compact and its Ten Principles. We take part in its online learning Academy Sessions and attend the meetings held by its various chapters in Nairobi, Dubai and New York. We are an especially active member of the UNGC Local Network Kenya, where our CSR Coordinator is based.
Reinforcing the 10th principle - Business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery - is especially important to us.