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KWS scoops COYA Corporate Citizenship and Environmental focus Award
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) won the Corporate Citizenship and Environmental Focus category during this year’s Company Of the Year Awards (COYA).
The award recognizes companies that show outstanding community as well as environmental programmes in diverse parts of the country. These are deliberate, planned and sustainable programmes that respond to community-felt needs and have integrated them into a most significant part of its core focus and operations.
The key objective of KWS support to community programmes is to reach out and assist communities who co-exist with wildlife, and who bear the cost of hosting it on their land. This approach will ensure that the community benefits from wildlife conservation, giving them an incentive to conserve wildlife as a national asset, for current and future generations.
At the same event, KWS also won second runner’s up in both the Leadership and Management and Human Resource Focus categories. These two categories seek to recognize companies with strong leadership record and companies’ exemplary talent in performance management systems respectively.
KWS has been actively participating in the COYA awards since 2006. The Leadership Practices Award, Corporate Governance Practices Award, First Runners-up Manager of the Year Award and the CEO of the Year Award are some that KWS won in 2009.
Last year, KWS won the Human Resource Focus and Corporate Citizenship and Environmental Management categories at the COYA awards
The Company of the Year Awards (COYA) were conceptualised between 1997 and 1999 by the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
The idea for COYA was inspired by the critical need to celebrate the achievements being made and to enhance organisations’ management capabilities and performance excellence. COYA has since grown to be East Africa’s premier showcase for corporate excellence.
The COYA assessment process in 2008 underwent a major re-engineering exercise that saw the adoption of the Organisational Performance Index (OPI) system self-assessment model.
The OPI system gives organisations an innovative excellence model aimed at enabling the development of world class processes and innovation capability, which will sharpen their competitive edge and enable them to compete and win at a global level.