Since we operate in such complex and often unstable environments, the 10th principle of the UN Global Compact is especially relevant to us. It requires participants to not only avoid corruption, but also to develop policies and concrete programmes to address it.
Combatting human trafficking and sexual exploitation
At RA, we often work in or close to vulnerable communities, which means our staff have an extra responsibility to behave ethically. With this in mind, we chose to draw special attention to our Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking Policy and Sexual Exploitation Policy in recent years.
More sustainable snacks
After analysing the impacts of importing and storing large volumes of wraps at our Mogadishu site, we decided to upgrade our kitchen equipment and make the wraps in-house instead.
Optimising water use and reducing plastic waste
Since early 2020, all the staff and residents of our Mogadishu compound have been getting their drinking water straight from the tap.
New laundry design saves water and energy
In 2018, we introduced plans to install industry-leading, environmentally friendly technology at three of our smaller laundries. The new equipment filters and recycles water at various stages of the wash process so it can be reused for the washing cycle of the next load.
Success in Somalia founded on respect
When RA first started working in Somalia in 2009, the country faced severe challenges. There was a transitional government, virtually no infrastructure and the local population had lived much of their lives in a conflict-ridden state.
Perseverance pays off in Mpoko
In 2015, the UN initiated a youth employment project in Mpoko, a suburb of Bangui, Central African Republic. Its goal was to help the young, including former combatants, back into employment.