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 continuously 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 help small businesses become more resilient. We want everyone to gain from RA’s presence.

» Learn more: Download RA's 2020 Sustainability Report

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. To illustrate the part we are playing in the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030, we link our material topics to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We focus our efforts on three of them in particular, where we believe we can have the largest impact:


“To deliver immediate results and lasting change.”

This expresses our long-held belief that a successful RA project is one which has an enduring positive effect on local communities, while delivering business results.

"Working in some of the world’s most difficult terrains is a huge challenge - but also a huge opportunity to create lasting impact."

Vera Karmebäck

Sustainability Manager

UN Global Compact:
From Signatory to Participant

RA International became a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact in 2008. In 2018, we deepened our commitment to the Participant level and are active members of the UN Global Compact Networks in Kenya and the UAE. Our CEO Soraya Narfeldt is regularly invited to speak at high-level events to share insights and learnings from RA's sustainability programme. She was a panellist at the UN Global Compact Leaders Week in New York in 2019 and at Target Gender Equality in 2021.

» Read how we reinforce the 10th principle - "Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms"