Group CEO of Airtel Africa plc, Segun Ogunsanya, has reaffirmed the
importance of an enabling policy environment for sustainable development and climate action in
partnership with Africa’s private sector at COP28.
Mr. Ogunsanya, a member of the United Nations Global Compact’s African Business Leaders
Coalition (ABLC), addressed a distinguished audience at a COP28 side event co-hosted by Airtel
Africa and the ABLC. Guests included the President of Botswana, His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi;
the Finance Minister of Nigeria, Mr. Wale Edun; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nigeria,
Mr. Nyesom Wike; Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Global
Compact (UNGC); Chairman of BUA Group Nigeria limited, Abdul Samad Rabiu and several business
leaders from across Africa.
The Group CEO of Airtel Africa urged African business leaders and governments to join forces to
advance sustainable growth, development, and prosperity across the continent. He said: “We stress
the importance of an enabling policy environment for sustainable development and climate action in
partnership with Africa’s private sector. Livelihood and living must go together.”
He also shared details of Airtel Africa’s environmental stewardship initiatives. These include ‘Project
Green,’ launched in 2022, and focused on circular economy practices, especially in the responsible
replacement of end-of-life equipment to minimize potential adverse environmental impacts.
Furthermore, in March 2023, Airtel Africa joined the multi-stakeholder partnership to eliminate open
waste burning from Africa. This collaborative effort with local authorities, private companies,
community groups, civil society and development partners targets a 60% reduction by 2030 and
complete elimination of open waste burning by 2040.
Mr. Ogunsanya declared: “Airtel Africa’s corporate purpose, our driving force, is to ‘transform lives.’
This is not simply a slogan but a genuine passion that informs every aspect of our operations and
every decision we take.”
He concluded: “It is our firm belief is our firm belief that African businesses, including Airtel Africa,
stand ready to leverage global markets to accelerate the transition to a future-fit economy. We must
deliver economic development, inclusive growth and GHG emissions reduction at the same time to
enjoy the fruits of sustainability.”
The United Nations African Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC) is a collaborative initiative comprising
African business CEOs committed to fostering sustainable growth, prosperity, and development
throughout the African continent. Members in the coalition, including Airtel Africa, committed to
escalating the adoption of renewable energy, investing in climate-adaptation solutions, and ensuring
an equitable transition. During COP28, the ABLC released a policy recommendation urging
governments to establish conducive regulatory frameworks that facilitate collective climate action. The
recommendation further advocates for the setting of decarbonization targets and the acceleration of
initiatives such as green minerals and climate adaptation programs and calls for increased access to
climate financing to support these endeavors.