Safaricom recently turned 15 and unveiled the Shangwe Mtaani competition, a 60-day promo to as part of the celebrations. Last week, we analyzed the impact the telco has had on the Kenyan Tech scene from the launch of 3G to M-Pesa and even the Safaricom Spark Fund. Just recently, the Telco won two awards at the Emerging Payments awards in London for its mobile money service M-Pesa.
Looks like accolades keep coming for the Telco as it has been ranked first in the world by Fortune Magazine among companies that are doing well by doing good. The Change the World List seeks to shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as a part of their core business strategy. Safaricom is followed by Google, Toyota, Walmart with others on the list including Nike, Cisco, MasterCard, SABMiller and Facebook totaling to 51 companies. Safaricom’s addition was owing to the impact of its M-Pesa service which launched in 2007 on Kenyans. To create the list, Fortune says it reached out to dozens of business, academic, and nonprofit experts around the world, asking for their recommendations with 200 companies nominated. FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm was also involved.
You can view the entire list of companies included here