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Community, environment focus earns KWS top COYA 2012 award
Date Published: 07 Nov, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has, for the third year in a row, won the ‘Corporate Citizenship and Environmental Focus’ award during Company of the Year Awards (COYA) 2012 ceremony held at the Carnivore Grounds on Friday (November 2, 2012).
Toyota Kenya scooped overall Company of the Year 2012 award in the 13th year ceremony.
The award was in recognition of KWS efforts to ‘Reaching Out to Communities’ initiatives and its commitment to environmental conservation program in diverse parts of the country.
“This organization is a good corporate citizen. It has met and exceeded global standards in certain aspects of this determinant. It has outstanding community as well as environmental program in diverse parts of the country. It has made deliberate efforts to ensure sustainable community programs. It has contributed to sustainable development and has integrated these programs as a key performance indicator. This organization has consistently improved in this determinant.” Read the citation for the category winner.
KWS ‘Reaching Out to Communities’ program strive to develop the capacity of communities and private landowners, who host wildlife on their lands, to establish and manage economically viable and sustainable nature-based enterprises within targeted landscapes in Kenya. KWS has over the years funded and provided seed capital for such economic activities as bee-keeping, construction of eco-lodges, setting up of cultural centres and aloe farming among others .
In the past year alone, KWS has dispensed Ksh.150 million across the country to fund community initiatives towards provision of water, construction and upgrading of school infrastructure and health facilities and training of community rangers from various community conservancies across the country.
Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) has been championing the COYA award since its inception in the year 2000.
Over the years, KWS has won numerous awards including winner Leadership Practices and first runners up CEO of the year (2008), Overall winner CEO of the year, winner Leadership Practices, Corporate Governance, First runners up Manager of the year (2009), winner HR Focus, Corporate Citizenship and Environment, and second runners Company of year (2010), winner Corporate Citizenship and Environment, Second runners up leadership management, and Second runners up HR Focus and (2011).
The idea for COYA was inspired by the critical need to celebrate the achievements being made and to enhance organization’s management capabilities and performance excellence. COYA has since grown to be East Africa’s premier showcase for corporate excellence. The COYA assessment process underwent a major re-engineering exercise in year 2008 that saw the adoption of Organizational Performance Index (OPI), a self-assessment model, in determining excelling companies in Kenya.