KENYA,JUNE 22 — The United Nation has appointed Kenyan industrialist, founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International-Flora Mutahi to the UN Global Compact board.
The appointment by UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ places Ms. Mutahi at the key entity which acts as the United Nations flagship for responsible business action.
Described as one of the most dynamic female entrepreneurs in Africa, Ms. Mutahi is a leading manufacturer in Kenya and a renowned industry expert.
Her company-Melvin Marsh International is known for making the popular Melvins flavored tea blends, salt and rice products under the brand name – Melvins.
She is the Kenya Association of Manufacturers Chairlady, and the patron of the Women in Manufacturing Caucus -a mentorship and networking platform aimed at increasing the participation of women in the manufacturing sector.
On the announcement, Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact said: “We are delighted to announce the new Board of the United Nations Global Compact, chaired by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, with Bola Adesola and Paul Polman serving as Vice-Chairs.”
“ 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. Together, they will help guide the strategic direction of the UN Global Compact as we work to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. I look forward to working with each of our Board Members over the coming years,” Kingo added.
Designed as a multi-stakeholder body, the Board provides ongoing strategic and policy advice for the initiative.
Board members are considered champions who are willing and able to advance the mission of the UN Global Compact. They act in a personal, honorary and unpaid capacity.
Accepting her appointment, Ms. Mutahi said: “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.”
As the world approaches the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact Board will be instrumental in helping to bring business to the table in support of Agenda 2030.
Melvin Marsh International is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Code of Ethics for Business in Kenya and an active participant of the Global Compact Network Kenya, which is housed by Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Kenya network is the local focal point working to support companies to integrate the ten principles within core business and take actions in support of the SDGs.