Top 25 Corporations Demonstrating Best Practices in ESG 2024

Melvin Marsh International’s commitment to sustainability is deeply rooted in a comprehensive approach that spans from the lush tea fields to the final cup.

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MELVIN MARSH

In 1995, Melvin Marsh International, a distinguished Kenyan female-led family business, commenced its journey with the groundbreaking production of Melvins Flow salt, establishing itself as the first provider of free-flowing salt in Kenya. Since then, the company has undergone dynamic evolution, expanding its presence in the global tea industry by introducing innovative value additions to blended teas through the esteemed Melvins Teas brand.

Dedicated to revolutionising the tea landscape, Melvin Marsh International crafts its flavoured teas with 100 percent natural flavourings and spices, resulting in a diverse range characterised by remarkable flavours and captivating, invigorating qualities.

Melvins Teas, encompassing black teas, green teas, purple teas, white teas, flavoured teas, and instant teas in both orthodox and crush, tear and curl (CTC) varieties, serve as a testament to the company’s dedication to delivering quality and embodying national heritage.

Melvin Marsh International has articulated a robust set of objectives within its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policy, providing a comprehensive framework for excellence. The company commits to embedding strong ESG principles into all facets of its business operations. This journey begins with the nurturing of tea leaves and extends to evaluating and managing the environmental and social impacts of all activities and products. In the realm of purpose-driven tea businesses, Melvin Marsh International distinguishes itself as a stalwart, moving beyond mere profitability to champion sustainable growth. As the leading flavoured tea company in Kenya, Melvin Marsh International extends its influence across Eastern and Western Africa, the Middle East, the United States of America (USA), Europe, and Asia, underscoring its commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices on a global scale.

Melvin Marsh International’s commitment to sustainability is deeply rooted in a comprehensive approach that spans from the lush tea fields to the final cup. The company embraces its role as a custodian of the environment, prioritising practices that safeguard the delicate ecosystems surrounding tea cultivation. From the meticulous sourcing of tea leaves to the intricacies of packaging and distribution, every stage is guided by the principles of sustainability. This ethos goes beyond a mere nod to environmental consciousness; it represents a promise to the hardworking farmers who serve as the backbone of the industry. Recognising that fair compensation is only the starting point, Melvin Marsh International takes an additional step by actively fostering sustainable practices to ensure a brighter and more equitable future for all stakeholders.

Aligned with its dedication to social impact, Melvin Marsh International has diversified its product offerings to cater to health and wellness. Beyond the realm of traditional teas, the company introduces a spectrum of products designed to enhance wellbeing. The product range, which includes antioxidants, bloating solutions, weight management aids, detox blends, sleep-inducing teas, and brain health boosters, showcases the company’s commitment to addressing diverse health needs. Whether it’s the soothing properties of cardamom tea or the revitalising essence of green tea, Melvin Marsh International weaves wellness into every sip, contributing to a society that prioritises health and vitality.

Melvin Marsh International takes pride in fostering a workplace culture that prioritises the wellbeing and development of its people. As a fair employer, the company is committed to creating an inclusive environment that promotes diversity and gender parity. Focusing on the inherent value each individual brings to the team, Melvin Marsh International invests in professional growth opportunities, ensuring that employees are equipped with the skills and resources needed for success.

Melvin Marsh International exemplifies robust corporate governance, emphasising compliance and ethical conduct. Understanding the broader implications of impactful ESG practices, Melvin Marsh International emphasises transparent communication as a key element of its corporate governance strategy. The company not only commits to regular internal updates but also pledges to communicate its sustainability performance and policies externally. This transparent approach ensures that stakeholders, both within and outside the organisation, remain well-informed about Melvin Marsh International’s sustainability initiatives.

Former CS Industrialization Maina Betty with Flora Mutahi, founder of Melvin Marsh International during the Jubilee Celebrations for the company at Zen Gardens, Nairobi in 2020

By instilling a culture of compliance, ethical conduct, and transparent communication, Melvin Marsh International not only meets industry benchmarks but sets a higher standard for responsible corporate governance. This approach reflects the company’s acknowledgment of its broader responsibilities in the global business landscape, aligning business practices with societal and environmental expectations.

Under the leadership of the visionary Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Flora Mutahi, Melvin Marsh International is indeed a beacon of excellence in the tea industry. The company not only sets a precedent for others to follow but also serves as a living example that profitability and business sustainability can harmoniously coexist.

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Dr. Hanningtone Gaya

Dr. Hanningtone Gaya

Kenya’s Dr Hanningtone Gaya, holds a PhD in Commerce in Business Management from Nelson Mandela University (NMU), is viewed as an authority in country branding and is the founder chairman of the Brand Kenya Board.

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