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KCB Group rolls out campaign to drive gender parity in financial sector

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KCB Group PLC, East Africa’s largest financial institution by assets is keen to deepen its focus towards the women agenda in the coming years for a gender balanced world.

The Bank has placed prominence in driving initiatives around gender parity and inclusion, in line with its sustainability agenda which is anchored on building a responsible business for the future.

On Friday, to mark the International Women’s Day, KCB rolled out a campaign as a statement that amplifies the Group’s commitment towards gender inclusion.

The highlight of the campaign— themed Hear her Roar—has seen the Bank temporarily refresh its corporate logo from a Lion to a Lioness, marking a significant turning point in the advocacy for more gender inclusion in the region’s financial services sector. The campaign, is running across KCB regional network in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

“We have been deliberate in our operations to ensure that we push for gender parity at all levels within the institution. We are alive to the importance and benefits of a gender balanced world where we have equal opportunities in the working environment” said the KCB Group CEO and MD Joshua Oigara.

“We are taking a bold and sincere step using our brand asset; to reiterate our promise for the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment
of women particularly through financial inclusion solutions and equal opportunities at the corporate and commercial touch points. Through the campaign,” said Mr Oigara.

Through the lender’s Sustainability Agenda and specifically on the Talent management and Diversity action point, KCB has continued to measure progress and adopt initiatives under the Women in Leadership Network (WILN), an internal KCB Group initiative meant to grow women leaders.

The WILN programme so far reached 550 women staff who have gone through a two year programme of self-awareness, mentorship, coaching and leadership skills. In the year 2018, KCB staff complement in terms of gender balance stood at 50:50, a milestone achieved ahead of its 2020 target. Through this programme, over 100 women have been promoted in 2017 and 2018.

In addition, KCB has various initiatives in the business to support women entrepreneurs, credit facilities to women and persons with disability under the KCB Foundation in an effort to build a more inclusive society in our business.

The Women in Business Programme has attracted 1,439 women for capacity building and the Bank extended business support worth Kshs 5.16 billion to this category in 2018. Under community initiatives, the KCB Foundation supported 164 children and youth under the disability programme and 10,000 young women have been trained under the 2jiajiri programme.

Across the region KCB Group has actively engaged in various women empowerment programs and was among the first signatories of the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Findings from the Women Aspiration Survey commissioned by renowned communications agency Oxygène MCL—the firm behind the campaign— for KCB revealed that career advancement and the desire to own a business are the two main aspirational spaces that women under the age of 35 aspire for.

Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the world of work are therefore key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG). The bank adopted eight SDGs of which Goal No. 1- no poverty, Goal No. 8 – decent work and economic growth and Goal No. 10 – reduced inequality, are directly corelated to the gender parity conversation. Evidence of the crucial role that KCB Group advocates for the gender parity agenda.

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Uganda Breweries partners with Kabaka Foundation to construct sanitation facilities in city markets

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In a bid to improve the sanitation and hygiene that are health concerns in Kampala markets, Uganda Breweries Limited has launched a sanitation project that will see the brewery construct modern public sanitation facilities for the residents and traders of Nakulabye, Katwe, Mengo and Mulago Markets.

The project dubbed the “Kampala City Markets water and Sanitation” has been done in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation, which is an NGO presided over by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda. The 3 months project which is part of UBL’s “Water of Life” initiative will cost UGX 300 Million and will benefit over 26,000 people.

Under this project, each Market will get a modern sanitation facility with eights units; a toilet for people with disabilities, a washroom for men and women, three urinal bowls for men, one shared attendants room, a water reservoir of 5000 liters, a 1000 liter over- head tank and a water pump.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at Nakulabye Market, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti said, “Access to clean sanitation facilities is critical to the health and prosperity of our communities, and yet, too many people especially in the markets around the city do not have access to these basic services. Uganda Breweries is proud to partner with the Kabaka Foundation to reform and improve the lives of more than 26,000 people who live and work around these markets.”

Ocitti noted that this project is not the first done in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom. “UBL and the Kingdom have a long standing partnership to brew Ngule beer, the Kingdoms official beer. The beer is made from cassava and sorghum all of which are sourced locally from Buganda Kingdom.”

In his remarks, Owekitibwa Chris Bwanika, a Trustee in the Kabaka Foundation said, “This project marks another milestone in achieving Kabaka foundation’s aim of improving sanitation. Kampala city markets have dilapidated sanitation facilities and with the construction of these new facilities, we will now be able to address the problem of poor sanitation and the consequent spread of diseases among the residents, especially the children.”

Uganda Breweries Limited has in the past years run similar projects. In 2017, the company constructed public sanitation facilities worth UGX 300 million at Port Bell and Kirombe markets. The project benefits over 12,000 residents, traders and visitors to the two areas. UBL has also previously constructed sanitation facilities in Ggaba market and Kinawataka market.

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Sheraton hosts Muslim community to iftar dinner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel treated the Muslim community to iftar dinner as they broke their fast on Thursday evening. The dinner was held to thank their Muslim partners, clients and guests for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them blessings during this holy month of Ramadan.

The dinner was a blend of Middle Eastern and Ugandan cuisine consisting of special and customized meals of starter, salads, condiments & dressing, soups, main course, carving, dessert and a variety of drinks.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“To observe, this holy month, the hotel has set aside a special prayer place where our employees, guests and customers can say their prayer and break their fast. We have a designated area at the Victoria Restaurant where they can have a lavish buffet as they break their fast from Monday to Saturday,” Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt further noted.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam with the fast beginning at dawn and ending at set.

Sheraton hotel during this holy month of Ramadan has special daily Iftar menu packages for individuals, families, groups and companies hosting their Muslim clients or customers to a special dinner.

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V-Power weekend is back

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Emmanuel Ssebunya, Vivo Energy Brand Manager – Fuel refills a customer’s car at Shell Bugolobi.

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“V-Power Weekend”, a promotion that allows customers to purchase Shell V-Power at the same price as regular fuel, is back.

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Launched in March this year, the promotion is open to all Shell customers and is available at over 80 Shell stations countrywide. The offer runs for the entire weekend starting Friday morning to Sunday evening.

“This promotional offer is aimed at getting car owners to try the advanced fuel formulation and experience the thrilling power and performance of our premium fuel Shell V-Power,” said Emmanuel Ssebunya, Brand Manager Fuels at Vivo Energy Uganda. “Shell’s new fuels contain exclusive DYNAFLEX Technology which helps clean and protect key components in vehicle engines, reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall, reduces possibility of engine knock leading to better engine efficiency and performance.”

The V-Power Weekend offer will run every month till December 2019 to give as many motorists as possible an opportunity to experience Shell premium fuels.

“Whatever car you drive, wherever you are going, visit a Shell station to get a full tank of Premium Shell V-Power at the price of regular fuel and GO WELL,” he added.

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