Bata Kenya and Standard Chartered Bank partnered in an array of activities
On 5th October 2022, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) partnered with Bata Kenya in an array of activities.
SCB is a multinational bank with operations in consumer, corporate, and institutional banking and treasury services. It is one of the leading banks in Kenya. The two parties entered into a partnership; with SCB to support Bata Shoe Kenya’s growth plans. The bank will continuously offer financial and banking solutions to the company and will deploy its digital platforms to optimise management and the supply chain ecosystem.
Additionally, they will partner with Bata Kenya in some of its sustainability initiatives and women empowerment programs. The morning began with a mentorship program at Starehe Girls Center commemorating International Day of the Girl Child. It is a National Girls’ School for bright needy students from all over the country. Bata Children’s Program (BCP) volunteers, together with the SCB flagship education program, 'Goal Initiative’, under the Global Future Makers, came together to mentor 200 girls on their careers, as well as general life issues. This was done through panel discussions and mentorship circles. In addition, Bata Kenya donated 200 pairs of school shoes to the new entrants. SCB also donated t-shirts to help the girls meet some of their essential needs.
In the afternoon, there was a CEOs forum at the Bata premises where the SCB CEO, Mr Kariuki Ngari and his team had an interactive session with the Bata management team. They shared ideas revolving around business strategy; while applying key effective measures and techniques so as to remain competitive in the market.
The SCB team was taken through a guided factory walk-through, during which they developed an understanding of the operations in various factories. The day ended with financial and literacy sensitisation sessions for all employees. The talk aimed to advocate for financial independence and enhance the understanding and use of various financial skills, i.e. personal financial management, budgeting and investing.