The Safal Group lives by its values of being a responsible and involved corporate citizen.
The Safal Group’s Social Investment programmes are primarily focused on the communities in which it operates, particularly those most affIcted by poverty and social disadvantage. Its programmes focus on three areas in which it can make the greatest impact: Education, Health and Shelter.
The fourth leg of the Group’s Corporate Responsibility programme focuses on the Environment. Best manufacturing practices are applied to minimise the impact of the Group’s manufacturing processes. Additional initiatives focus on reforestation, land rehabilitation, recycling and resource protection.
Our role in Society
Steel and Sustainability
- We Care
- Our role in Society
- Steel and Sustainability
- Empowering communities
Inspired by one of our core pillars, “caring towards the community and environment, in all we do, we desire mutual benefit to our people, to their families and to the wider communities within which we operate. We strive to offer opportunities and services that enable them to improve their livelihood, as individuals and as a society.
We engage in activities that create wealth and add value for millions through economic impact as well as corporate social initiatives.
We also embrace the principle of sustainability and acknowledge the fragility of the diverse environments in which we live and work, seeking to leave a healthy planet for future generations to enjoy.
We believe a responsible business is a sustainable business. We thrive to make positive impacts through our brands, our commercial operations, relationships and voluntary contributions in various ways as guided by our values.
We are committed to continuously improving the livelihood within and beyond the communities where we operate. In all our processes and practices, through products and people, in our business performance and ethics, the Safal Group continually strives to Build Africa with Pride.
We continuously collaborate and actively support environmental conservation, community developments, economic development as well as contribute and support other organizations and the Government in disaster management and community welfare programs.
Coated steel is the most widely used cladding material in the world. Its strength, versatility in design, and eco-credentials, make it the preferred choice worldwide for durable and sustainable buildings.
At the end of its life, steel is 100% recyclable – preserving the earth’s precious mineral resources for future generations.
Over 40% of all steel used worldwide is produced from recycled material.
As a modern alternative to wood, the use of steel in construction is helping to reduce deforestation and water use.
Steel roofs are the ideal material to support solar harvesting and water harvesting, reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment
The Safal Group, through Safal Foundation as well as corporate social initiatives by its subsidiaries and its operations creates value to millions of people as a buyer, employer, a corporate citizen and producer of Africa’s most trusted brands in the building and construction sector.
The Group, funds the Mabati Technical Training Institution, which provides vocational training to underprivileged youth, giving them the skills to earn a living to support themselves and their families.
Further clinics have been established at other Safal Group operations, helping to build healthier, more productive communities across Africa.
The Mabati Medical Centre
Founded in 2000, the Mabati Medical Centre caters for upwards of 40,000 consultations per annum. The common diseases treated are Malaria, Diarrhoea, skin diseases, urinary tract infections, HIV/AIDS and general infections. The clinic.
The facilities have constantly been added to (most recently, a Diagnostic Centre, Ultrasound and X-Ray facilities and a fully equipped Laboratory were added) and in 2015, the Centre became a 24hr / 7 day a week facility.
Chandaria Medical Clinic in Uganda
Uganda Baati is critically aware of its roles as a socially responsible corporate citizen. Its focus is primarily on the communities in which it operates, particularly those which are most affected by poverty and social disadvantage. One example of our CSR is the Chandaria medical clinic in Kampala which offers treatment to more than 20,000 patients annually.
ALAF Limited dispensary
ALAF Limited corporate responsibility and sustainable development focuses on Health, Education, Shelter and Environment. The company engages in different CSR activities and Sustainable action. ALAF has a dispensary that treats close to 6,000 patients annually.
Our vocational institutions and learning programs aim to equip those who work and live in our communities with skills and resources that will make them build better future for themselves.
The Group, through its subsidiaries and the Safal Foundation funds and supports educational programs through various project initiatives.
The Mabati Technical Training Institute
Founded in 2005, the Institute offers disadvantaged young men and women the opportunity to acquire skills that will enable them to sustainably participate in the workforce in order to support themselves and their families.
The Institute also strives to ensure that most students are gainfully employed on completion of their courses, which further contributes to the socio- economic uplift of the wider community in the area. Over 900 NITA Certified graduates have qualified since opening, and the Mariakani area is richer for their skills and earning power.
The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature
In November 2014, this prize was established with the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages.
The prize awards are to the best-unpublished manuscript or book in the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels.
East African Educational Publishers publish the winning fiction book in Kiswahili, and the best poetry book is translated and published by the Africa Poetry Book Fund.
Kiswahili is a language spoken widely in both Tanzania and Kenya, this so the two Safal Group companies with operations in these countries (MRM in Kenya and Alaf in Tanzania) join up to sponsor The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prizes.
The prize money amounting to USD 15,000 per year distributed to the 3 categories, aims to encourage participation.
The adoption of green technology, efficiency in production and recyclable technologies in our operations aims to ensure continuous improvement and conservation of our environment.
Our environmental management system provides a framework for continual improvement at our manufacturing and office sites. It helps us work towards the ambitious environmental targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
In 2017, Safal Eye in the Wild, a photography competition was established to raise awareness of the beauty and vulnerability of our natural environment as we highlight the need for conservation.
This initiative focuses on different aspects of the environment. The inaugural launch was on our wildlife with focus on conservation of trees & water in the subsequent years.
This initiative started in Kenya and has grown into all East African operations of the Safal Group, resulting in its rebranding to Safal Eye in the Wild for the 2019 competition from the initial MRM Eye in The Wild Photography Competition.
The Safal Group’s Social Investment programs are primarily focused on sheltering the communities in which we operate, particularly those most affected by poverty and social disadvantage.
We believe our Communities are our Homes and in collaborating with our communities, we have a structured approach to shelter, encompassing re-roofing many projects annually (projects are put through a predetermined qualification process and ‘hand held’ to completion). We are in the roofing business and therefore sheltering the less fortunate members of our society is of prime concern to us.