Capacity building on Net Zero
Sustainability is a central component of our business strategy as IPS. We are working towards creating a green future for our business, the community, and the environment. IPS is committed to the Net Zero journey, and a big part of this commitment is changing attitudes and behavior amongst staff through capacity building. Our trainings are aligned to our various targets including, Net Zero by 2030, Zero waste to landfill by 2025, water reduction by 2025, energy efficiency and reduction, promoting biodiversity, and sustainable farming.
Companies are built on complementing the expertise and wisdom of their staff. IPS sustainability champions across the group thrive on sharing best practices and ideas on sustainability ventures to guide them as we embark on our net zero journey. The exchange of ideas is done through training, face-to-face and virtual meetings, and even WhatsApp group conversations to ensure a wholesome learning experience.
IPS sustainability champions use virtual learning platforms including the AKF learning hub, UN global compact platforms, and many others to build their knowledge and skills on an array of environmental stewardship topics. They also use world days to carry out themed campaigns to sensitize staff.
Elizabeth Maina a sustainability champion of Frigoken limited mentioned that they have provided thousands of the farmers in their value chain with up-to-date good agricultural practices, through extension services.
“ We value our staff and our goal is to provide avenues where they can garner skills in environmental stewardship. We have done and still have a couple of training and awareness sessions lined up, we trust that an empowered environment champion will play a major role in ensuring we meet our Net Zero targets in the near future,” says Isaac Nyonje senior environment and social officer.
Isaac further adds that they have completed training in waste management, circular economy, sustainable agriculture, net zero, ozone-depleting substance, Greenhouse Gas emissions, and refrigerant usage.
‘‘We have adopted a multi-sectoral capacity-building approach across the group, our weekly environmental committee meetings enable our staff to brainstorm on the various sustainable initiatives we can adopt to ensure we achieve our targets for water, energy, zero waste, tree growing and net zero,’’ says Mary Mburu the general manager and sustainability lead at Choice Meats.
As champions continue with the engaging exchange learning program across the group, IPS aims at rolling out a robust and structured education program on environmental sustainability in our operations and beyond.