Kakuzi Plc, the listed agri-business company, has announced the full constitution of its Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee (IHRAC) with the appointment of Mrs Gina Din-Kariuki. Mrs Gina Din-Kariuki is a respected businesswoman, philanthropist and champion of women’s rights.
While confirming the latest committee member, Kakuzi Plc Managing Director, Mr Chris Flowers, said the appointment of Gina Din to the IHRAC chaired by former Attorney General, Prof Githu Muigai, takes immediate effect. Her entry now completes the constitution of the five-member committee, which provides independent advice on human rights to the board.
“She brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance and social responsibility and will strengthen Kakuzi’s effort to remain at the forefront of responsible business practices,” Prof Muigai said.
Mrs Gina Din Kariuki said joining the Kakuzi IHRAC is part of her personal commitment to advance human rights excellence. “Kakuzi is making excellent progress by upholding global operating standards,” she said. “I am confident that the IHRAC team will serve for the betterment of the organization and its stakeholders as well as to demonstrate to a wider audience how integrating human rights into a business environment can be practically and credibly achieved.”
At the Kakuzi IHRAC, Mrs Din-Kariuki joins other members drawn from diverse professional fields. The IHRAC includes former Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) Board Member Grace Madoka, former Finlays Kenya Legal and HR Director Dr Brenda Achieng, and Kakuzi Plc non-executive independent director Andrew Ndegwa. Both Ms Madoka and Dr Achieng are Advocates of the High Court of Kenya and have extensive corporate governance experience, while Mr Ndegwa is a Chartered Accountant.
Now Kakuzi PLC becomes the first corporate organization in sub-Sahara Africa to constitute and establish such an independent advisory panel benchmarked against the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Kakuzi PLC is a listed Kenyan agricultural company trading on both the Nairobi and London Stock Exchange engaging in the cultivation, processing and marketing of avocados, blueberries, macadamia, tea, livestock and commercial forestry. Its main operation and head office is based at Makuyu, Murang’a County and tea estates are situated in Nandi Hills, Nandi County.