Ms. Flora Mutahi, the current Chair of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has been appointed to the board of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. A body that brings together CEOs, civil society, UN agencies and labour groups from all over the world; to work towards sustainable practices that focus on human rights, corruption, the environment, and labour.
“ I look forward to working with each of our Board Members over the coming years, said Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “This new Board is the most diverse and streamlined Board the UN Global Compact has ever had, with members representing business from all over the world alongside civil society and other stakeholders.”
Ms. Flora Mutahi has served in a variety of positions on her way to the UN, including founding tea company Melvins Teas in 1995, serving as a director in several companies and bodies including Azizi Realtors, Jubilee Insurance, Export Promotion Council and as the Vice Chairlady of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Business Council.
“It is an honor to be appointed to this position, I look forward to championing responsible business practices in Kenya and the wider Africa region through the integration of the UN Global Compact principles in business as well as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Vision 2030 and Agenda 2063,” said Ms. Mutahi.
Ms. Mutahi’s role will be voluntary and unpaid, she will be charged with advocating for the sustainability practices of the UN Global Compact. She will be joined on the board by Ms Clara Azofra CEO of logistics company Arpa Equipos Móviles de Campaña, Mr. Patrick Chalhou CEO, beauty and fashion company Chalhoub Group, Mr. John Denton Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Mr. Roberto Suarez-Santos Acting Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE); among other business and civil society leaders. The Board will be chaired by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.