27 Chief Executive Officers from Kenya have demonstrated their support for the United Nations and inclusive multilateralism by signing onto a powerful Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation.

The statement endorsed by CEOs states: “We, the business peoples, recognize that peace, justice and strong institutions are beneficial to the long-term viability of our organizations and are foundational for upholding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now is our opportunity to learn from our collective experiences to realign behind the mission of the UN and steer our world onto a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable path. We are in this together — and we are united in the business of a better world.”

This as done in the spirit of renewed global cooperation whereby public and private institutions need to show they are accountable, ethical, inclusive and transparent.

The Statement of support – including the full list of CEO supporters – was presented yesterday to UN Secretary-General António Guterres by Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, at the opening of the Private Sector Forum on the sidelines of the High-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

The Statement has attracted signatures from business leaders from more than 100 countries representing some of the world’s largest brands along with hundreds of other large, small and medium-sized enterprises participating in the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

The 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations comes at a time of unprecedented disruption and global transformation, serving as a stark reminder that international cooperation must be mobilized across borders, sectors and generations to adapt to changing circumstances.

Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, had this to say, “The Statement is a resounding endorsement of inclusive multilateralism. In no uncertain terms, it says that cooperation must cross borders, sectors and generations for us to adapt to changing circumstances. In the course of just one month after we issued the Statement, it has been signed by 1,294 CEOs from large, medium and small enterprises in virtually every industry and region. We deeply appreciate their commitment to global cooperation at a pivotal time for the UN and the world at large.”

List of Kenyan signatories:
AAR Health Care Holdings Ltd. – Frank Njenga Kapa Oil Refineries Ltd. – Nitin Shah
Adrian Kenya Ltd.  – Benard W. Njoroge KCB Group PLC – Joshua Oigara
Airworks Kenya Ltd. – Eric Mutinda Kivindu Keensell Ventures Ltd. – Josiah M Kyambati
Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd. – Prasanta Das Sarma Kenya Airways – Allan Kilavuka
Apollo Tours and Travel Ltd. – Asif Padamshi Kenya Breweries Ltd.  – Jane Karuku
Bridge International Academies – Jay Kimmelman Polucon Services Kenya Ltd. – Dominic Mureithi Mathenge
Caly Flora Ltd. – Catherine Gichungu Rova Digital Limited – Rose Maghas
Comroad Construction & Equipment Ltd – Simon Karanja Ngugi Safaricom PLC – Peter Ndegwa
Cooper K-Brands Ltd – Mucai Kunyiha Sasini PLC – Martin Ochieng
Extra Dimensions Company Ltd. – Evelyn Wambui Njoora Spark Communication Ltd. – Babara Mula Oyier
Frigoken Ltd – Karim Dostmohamed Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd. – Kariuki Ngari
Grey Corp Ltd. – Sherif Kangati Symbiotic Media Consortium Ltd. – Mbugua Njihia
Melvin Marsh International Ltd.  – Flora Mutahi Ufanisi Freighters (K) Ltd. – Shadrack Mayende Wasike
MK – Africa – Muthoni Kanyana