Kenyan CFOs flex their planting skills

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Kenyan CFOs put their gardening skills to the test when they responded to the call from the Kenyan government to participate in national tree-planting, during the unexpected special public holiday on 13 November 2023, which was dedicated to the cause.

Kenyan CFOs put their gardening skills to the test when they responded to the call from the Kenyan government to participate in national tree-planting, during the unexpected special public holiday on 13 November 2023, which was dedicated to the cause.

Yusuf Omari, Group CFO of Absa Kenya, said, “This year, we are targeting to plant over 1 million trees countrywide including the 10,000 tree seedlings we are planting here.” 

He was speaking at the tree planting site in Kinale Forest, Kiambu County.

“We contributed an additional 20,000 bamboo tree seedlings through the state department of Forestry which was planted today within Kiu Wetland area in Makueni County. We believe our efforts will scale the government’s efforts towards achieving 30 percent forest cover by 2032,” he explained.

"This was indeed a great day. Colleagues braved the cold to come plant trees, it was inspiring to say the least. We continue to embrace and acknowledge the role of strategic partnerships in our consistent efforts towards being a force for good in the community," Yusuf added.

Safaricom Group CFO Dilip Pal explained that his role as a CFO requires him to enable such initiatives which is aligned to the company's vision of transforming lives and also works to making the world a better place.

"This is a fantastic initiative which helps us be part of the community. Sustainability is a license to operate on the planet and the more we take care of the environment the more it takes care of us!" he said.

Karen Basiye, director of Sustainable Business and Social Impact at Safaricom, added, “We had 300 employees from Absa and Safaricom planting trees together which is a partnership that excites me as we respond to the call from government aimed at combating climate change." 

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