On December 8, 2015, Bob Collymore took a daring and unprecedented step for company Kenya. He made a public declaration on what he owned and had earned that yr.
Because the chief government officer of Safaricom, a personal sector firm, he didn’t need to and neither was he breaking any legislation by not making his wealth public. But, he did, voluntarily.
This was borne out of his integrity and dedication to the combat towards corruption. This determination, which impressed me to observe swimsuit, demonstrated his perception that the anti-corruption campaign is for all.
For him, wealth declaration was not a protect of public servants as required by legislation, however for everybody, for functions of transparency and accountability.
It was within the curiosity of the non-public sector, he continuously argued, that corruption was vanquished as a result of it distorted the market and negatively impacted society.
As we speak marks precisely one yr after his demise. It’s a good time to replicate on the legacy of Bob, his management and classes for the non-public sector and the world. A staunch believer in moral, sustainable and purpose-driven enterprise, he is a good inspiration for the world in the present day, simply as he was when he lived.
Classes from his life are significantly related in the present day for enterprise in a world beset by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The enterprise neighborhood in the present day is grappling with the disruption, alongside a myriad different challenges, together with the consequences of local weather change and inequality. This makes the model of management that was championed by Bob significantly related in the present day.
Having recognized, interacted intently and finished enterprise with Bob, he typically struck me as one in every of a uncommon breed of company leaders.
Below his stewardship, Safaricom demonstrated that income and objective are usually not mutually unique. Actually, he believed that the corporate was, and stays, profitable, as a result of it discovered its objective.
He recognised that alongside delivering shareholder worth and taking good care of its individuals, enterprise needed to have a soul.
To him, ‘Remodeling Lives’ was greater than only a company tag. He absolutely believed in it and took nice pleasure within the work that the corporate he was main was doing, and significantly in constructing an ecosystem round M-Pesa to ship value-added providers.
The transformative cell cash service that exponentially deepened monetary inclusion and earned international consideration and admiration excited him.
This was basic Bob. He at all times thought-about enterprise a catalyst for quick monitoring inclusive financial progress. He was continuously searching for alternatives to innovate homegrown options across the wants of the client.
This pondering led to the introduction of revolutionary options corresponding to M-Pesa Kadogo to succeed in the low-income phase, additional driving monetary inclusion. In rising the attain of Safaricom’s merchandise, he didn’t shrink back from hanging strategic partnerships, recognising that this was the path to success, by constructing on synergies. That’s how KCB M-Pesa was born.
Bob championed a greater and weird manner of doing enterprise. He had real concern for the wellbeing of individuals and the planet.
This had him get very intimately concerned with the sustainable enterprise agenda, passionately selling environmental, sustainability and anti-corruption points in addition to addressing maternal well being and baby mortality.
This was each from a enterprise standpoint, in addition to neighborhood tasks by the foundations. He led Safaricom to blaze the path publishing Sustainability Experiences and later, True Worth Experiences to trace impression on individuals and the planet.
Out of this curiosity in utilizing enterprise to deal with challenges that the world faces, he served as a member of the World Fee for Enterprise and Sustainable Growth, as a member of the B-Workforce and on the United Nations World Compact Board.
Key for him was pushing the inclusivity agenda and preventing for gender equality in employment and enterprise alternatives.
That noticed him lead the organisation to decide to make alternatives obtainable to ladies and folks dwelling with disabilities. He additionally had a eager love for kids.
Bob’s ardour factors match snugly on the earth that we discover ourselves in the present day, pondering of inclusive, sustainable and moral enterprise. In honouring his legacy, it’s becoming to contemplate the right way to apply them.
Most significantly, for enterprise, is the right way to construct belief by sturdy significant relationships that mildew our economies, companies or particular person lives.
Mr Oigara is the KCB Group Plc CEO and MD.