KENYA – Unionisable workers at Kakuzi Plc, a listed agribusiness, and superfoods producer, have received a 16% salary rise following the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU).

Following the signing of the new CBA, the more than 3,350 workers at Kakuzi’s Makuyu operations site will enjoy the wage increase over the next two years, effective January 2024.

While confirming the signing of the agreement, Kakuzi PLC Managing Director Mr. Chris Flowers said the firm would continue prioritizing its human capital welfare by providing quality working conditions, rewards, and benefits to enable its staff teams to attain their full potential.

Kakuzi, he added, is pursuing several initiatives to enhance its continued commitment to its ESG principles. While we acknowledge that the business must be sustainable to provide decent jobs, we also must recognize our broader responsibilities to lift others as we grow, Flowers said.

“Kakuzi PLC appreciates the support that Dr Atwoli and the KPAWU Leadership extended to complete the CBA negotiations successfully. As a responsible company, our employees’ welfare is paramount, and this signing affirms our commitment to continue providing a safe workplace while maintaining good relationships between the company, employees, and the Union,” Mr. Flowers said.

The signing of the updated CBA follows a recent round of mutual negotiations between Kakuzi officials led by the firm’s General Manager, Human Resources Dr Wilson Odiyo and KPAWU Officials led by General Secretary Dr Francis Atwoli and Deputy General Secretary Thomas Kipkemboi.

Speaking in Nakuru during the signing ceremony, Dr Atwoli, who is also the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU-K) Secretary General, implored local enterprises to remain considerate of the plight of unionisable workers considering the prevailing economic challenges.

Remaining considerate, he noted, will include corporate commitments to clear CBA negotiations in time as the Union continues to pursue a win-win strategy cognizant of the national and global economic challenges.

“I want to thank Kakuzi management for a positive response to KPAWU proposals and being considerate of the unionisable workers in a shared prosperity model,” Dr Atwoli said.

He added, “We wish Kakuzi well in its agribusiness endeavors and hope for sustained positive industrial relations as economic times improve.”

Last month, Kakuzi released its fourth Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report, ‘For People with Purpose’.

This comprehensive report captures Kakuzi Plc’s holistic evaluation of the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) impact inherent within its business strategies and operations.

Chris Flowers, the Managing Director of Kakuzi PLC, expressed this milestone’s significance at the report’s unveiling.

 “Climate action transcends Carbon. Our report delves deep into diverse topics crucial for our company and our nation,” he said.

The company is dedicated to enhancing the circular economy within its operations, identifying waste products for recycling, and promoting sustainability across its supply chain.

The launch of Kakuzi PLC’s ESG report signifies its multifaceted approach to sustainability, moving beyond carbon-centric initiatives.

It underscores the company’s unwavering dedication to holistic environmental, social, and governance principles, portraying a comprehensive vision for a sustainable future.

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