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Airtel Africa, KQ sign pan-African CSR partnership

11 August 2014, 14:48 Nechesa Chemoih

Nairobi - Airtel Africa has entered into a three-year partnership deal with Kenya Airways to drive a broader Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in Africa.

The partnership which was signed Monday by the chief executives of the two companies will help the firms to implement key areas of their CSR agenda, aimed at overcoming contemporary socio-economic challenges in Africa.

The partnership focuses on education and environmental programs in Africa.

“Beyond our growing business relationship, this is an excellent partnership for two companies that already bringing positive and long-lasting transformation to communities across Africa. We identified education as one of our focus areas because there are important synergies where we can broaden size and scale to maximize benefits to the communities where we operate,” said Airtel Africa CEO, Mr. Christian de Faria.

On his part, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive, Dr. Titus Naikuni said the partnership does not only take advantage of the two companies’ shared footprint, but it also deepens their joint social-investment capabilities in communities in Africa.

“We are both giving back to the communities across Africa by investing in educational infrastructure, which is key to sustainable youth development. This new partnership brings an interesting dimension to our CSR approach through sustainable collaboration,” he added.

On the environment, both organisations are driving sustainable environmental programmes aimed at reducing fossil-fuel emissions associated with telecommunication towers and air travel.

Airtel has been championing the reduction of the use of diesel used to power telecommunications towers through the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and grid electricity.

Kenya Airways’ acquisition of the new fleet of Dreamliners, recognized as one of the most fuel-efficient, wide-body aircraft in operation today will help reduce their carbon-emission footprint.

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