Equity Group Managing Director and CEO Dr James Mwangi has been listed among 100 global leaders selected by Ernst & Young’s Meaningful Business 100 (MB 100) 2021.
The third edition hailed leaders for their role in tackling the world’s most pressing issues and for fostering the achievement of the UN Global Goals.
Dr James Mwangi was selected under the financial services category, for championing initiatives that address the 17 SDGs and specifically focusing on alleviating poverty and inequality at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid.
“This has been realised through his vision and through his efforts to drive Equity’s business model which focuses on financial inclusion and for running a high volume and low margin corporate, with a purpose to transform lives, give dignity and expand opportunities for wealth creation aligned with a call to push for a purpose first economy in the six markets the Group operates in,” said Equity in a statement.
According to MB 100, its membership takes a people-centered approach, placing the wellbeing of employees and those impacted by the business, at the forefront of the strategy. Each leader must have either created positive, direct and intended impact aligned to one or more SDGs in the last 12 months or must have been the driving force behind the product, service or project that combines purpose and profit.
The 2021 nominees included corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, sustainability leaders and impact investors, representing the best of what business, entrepreneurship and social innovation can be from 33 countries worldwide.
The recognition was curated by an expert panel of 21 judges and the winners were scored across five key areas: Impact, Leadership, Innovation, Durability and Scope.
The 2021 panel of judges included Nikhil Seth an assistant Secretary General at the UN, Stasia Mitchell, the Global Entrepreneurship Lead at audit firm EY and Paul Lindley the founder of Ella’s Kitchen among others.
Over the past few years, Kenyan corporates have increasingly become conscious of how their operations, consumption and production are impacting the environment and community. This has seen not just Dr. Mwangi receive the recognition but another 4 Kenyans have also been selected from a pool of 500 nominations from 75 countries globally.
Last year Dr Mwangi joined a league of 14 global CEOs with a proposed a roadmap to “build the economic system better” after COVID-19. He is also an honoree of the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award. In 2012, Dr James Mwangi won the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, becoming the first business leader from Sub Saharan Africa to win this prestigious award among others.