Leading flower firm Oserian Development Company has been awarded an international award for its gender sensitive policies at the workplace. The Naivasha- based flower company received the International Labour Award (ILO) and Federation of Kenya Employees Wedge Award for the most responsive gender policies.
WEDGE stand for Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Gender Equality. Oserian emerged tops during this year’s competition from among the eight FKE affiliated firms that were short listed for the award. The award is held annually in recognition of Women and Women’s organizations which have excelled in furthering Gender Development issues. It also recognizes organizations which have policies that encourage gender equality and equity in the management of their human resource through adherence of both local and international standards.
The award comes in the backdrop of a meeting of world leaders last week in the UK under the auspices of UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit. One of the key topics of discussed at the forum was how to empower women and girls so that they can be key contributors and active members in their societies. “We shall continue to advocate for policies at the workplace that avail opportunities for women to expand their economic potential and help in the attainment of the millennium development goals in the country” said Mr Ludovick Kezzah, the Oserian Human Resource Manager
Kezzah said women and youth played a crucial role in the attainment of Vision 2030, Kenya’s economic blueprint that hopes to propel Kenya into a middle- level income country by the year 2030. Oserian was judged the overall winner based on assessment on its gender policy, structures for implementation of the policy, A company representative to oversee implementation of Gender Policy. And Support to female employees through the provision of maternity leave, breastfeeding program and child care services.
The company was also commended for adhering to new labour laws in relation to gender issues. Oserian Development Company Ltd is a leading Grower and Exporter of fresh cut flowers in Kenya. It is the largest and most technically advanced production facility of flowers in Kenya, producing year round consistent quality flower products. In the late 1980s, Oserian was among the first to introduce rose farming in East Africa and is still regionally recognised as a leading force in this field, having maintained a strong track record in sustainable and Fair trade farming. It is certified to a range of social and ethical standards, Oserian also maintains an impressive track record in conservation of the environment and operates to enhance and develop the local business community and economy.