11-Dec-2020

The Corporation emerged a super SIXTH in a special Gender Equality in the Work Place Report evaluating 60 listed companies that was launched at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi on 13th November 2019. The Corporation further emerged second in its category as majority-government owned company after Kenya Airways PLC.

The report was launched by the Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Rachel Shebesh.

The evaluation was conducted by Equileap through the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and New Faces New Voices to assess all listed companies in Kenya on gender equality in the workplace. The evaluation used the Equileap scorecard, a comprehensive methodology for evaluating gender equality in the workplace. The scorecard used 19 criteria, including gender balance across the workforce, the gender pay gap, paid paternal leave and anti-sexual harassment policies. The methodology has been used to evaluate over 3,000 companies globally each year.

Additionally, the report captured data on the number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs that benefit or empower women either in the companies themselves or in the wider community as well as publicly available information such as the companies’ annual reports, CSR reports and websites. With the NSE’s support, companies were informed of the research and invited to submit their most recent published information. Unlike any other equality research, Equileap uses the world’s first in-depth cross-sector ranking system to assess and monitor thousands of companies across the globe.

The Equileap methodology skews towards companies that are more transparent and make their data publicly available. Equileap believes that transparency and acknowledging where there are problems, is the first step towards taking action to close the global gender gap. For the Special Report, Equileap used its proprietary Gender Equality scorecard of 319 criteria (including gender balance across the workforce, the gender pay gap, paid paternal leave and anti-sexual harassment policies).

This recognition goes a long way in showing Kenya Re’s commitment towards adherence to its Gender Mainstreaming Policy that strives to ensure consistent integration of Gender concerns into the designs, implementations, monitoring and evaluation of policies, plans, programs, activities and projects at all levels of the Corporation. The Corporation was represented at the launch by the Manager, Human Resources – Ms. Sally Waigumo and the Ag. Manager, Corporate Affairs – Mrs. Sylvia Karimi.