At Karen Roses, we’re committed to and invested in sustainability because it’s a win all around—it’s good for the planet, business, customers, and communities. We act in ways to create a more sustainable and better-shared future. We believe sustainability is about more than operating responsibly. It is an opportunity to support the people and communities we are a part of and positively impact the world around us.
Our efforts in achieving zero hunger have seen us establish a Nutrition Garden where workers have vegetables planted organically and cheaply, thereby improving health and creating disposable incomes. The vegetables feed the workforce and the nearby JB School. Since the vegetables are organically farmed, they retain all their nutrients while being good for the environment.
We recognize the importance of the well-being of the mothers that work for and with us. At our Ravine Roses farm, we have established a Baby Crèche that is fully equipped with a nurse and caretakers. This reduces the financial burden of paying a maid/nanny or engaging school-going siblings and relatives to take care of their young children. It takes away the anxiety the mothers would have, allowing them to focus on being more productive. It also ensures that the babies receive proper nutrition and care.
Our efforts in Education have seen us establish and furnish a Science Laboratory at Eldama Ravine Girls High School aimed at enhancing the delivery of science subjects and boosting overall performance and reducing the knowledge gap in sciences in the region.
Through our Clean Water and Sanitization pillar, we have installed community water tanks at Uzalendo School in Kaburwo. These are used for the provision of clean running water for use at the school. This is also used to provide water for washing hands and running the extensive ablution block for over 400 students (50% boys, 50% girls aged between 14 and 18 years).
We recognize the importance of using Affordable and Clean Energy and this has seen us install Solar Power Panels producing over 500kWh at peak solar energy for use at the farm to reduce the cost of electricity but most important to lead us away from relying on fossil fuels for our operations. This is increasingly becoming more and more important since we depend on the environment to be truly sustainable.
One of the anchors of our Economic Sustainability plan is the provision of Decent Work and Economic Growth Opportunities. To that end, we have established a tailoring unit that is producing overalls and dust coats that are sold to the farm for use in day-to-day activities. Members of the community are employed here and are provided with training opportunities that later become income-generating activities.
Our commitment to Responsible Consumption and Production has seen us establish practices such as the use of cow manure during rose planting to improve soil organic matter and nutritive value as well as reduce the amount of inorganic material applied to the soil.
To achieve Carbon Neutrality and play our part in responsible climate action, we are planting over 30,000 trees annually both within the farm and in the community around us as well as upstream to the water catchment areas. The target is to have and maintain a minimum of 25% gross area at the farm under tree cover.