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Bamburi Cement feted for women empowerment

Bamburi Cement has been recognized as the leading firm in advancing the Women’s Economic Empowerment agenda in East Africa. This accolade was bestowed upon the company during the 11th Africa Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2023, an annual event held in Nairobi.

Bamburi’s ascent to this esteemed position can be attributed to its support for ten women-owned organizations involved in recycling scrap tires and rice husks in Kenya.

Together, these organizations collected and provided over 25,000 tonnes of waste, which was co-processed in Bamburi’s kilns to generate renewable energy. This effort not only produced sustainable energy but also diverted waste that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.

Notably, this marks the second consecutive award for Bamburi through its waste management division, Geocycle, which also clinched the same honor in 2022 for its Women on Wheels (WoW) initiative. Geocycle, in addition to its environmental contributions, is dedicated to training and empowering female truck drivers.

In the economic empowerment category, the Accenture Gender Mainstreaming Awards Africa recognizes organizations that have implemented strategies to empower women-owned and managed businesses.

Bamburi Cement has set ambitious goals to further its support for special interest groups and women-owned businesses. The company aims to increase its total procurement spend in these areas from the current 10 percent to an impressive 30 percent by the year 2025.

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