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MSC Foundation

MSC Foundation


As part of the Mumias Sugar Company Strategic plan for 2012/17, community engagement was identified as a critical component that will enable the company to establish and expand the availability of sugarcane which is the primary raw material for the factory. As a result Mumias Sugar Foundation - MSF was conceived.
MSF is therefore a charitable trust fund founded by Mumias Sugar Company in 2012 to spearhead its community social investment. It was established in 2012 and started full operation in 2013.

MSF Structure

The Foundation is headed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the board of MSC in accordance with the deed.
The MSC Managing Director/CEO bears overall executive authority for the Foundation as delegated by Board of Trustees. Functionally the foundation reports to the Manager Corporate Affairs and Strategy.
The day to day running of the Foundation is undertaken by secretariat headed by the Foundation Manager who is responsible for execution and implementation of agreed community projects and supported by a team drawn from internal human resource and existing corporate affairs/CSR function.

The strategy

MSF has developed a CSR strategic plan that reflects our current corporate objectives and the expectations of the public, the communities, our employees, our partners, our shareholders and other significant shareholders. It supports and links to existing, relevant company strategies, policies and plans in a framework that allows us to better performance manage and report on our environmental, social and economic impacts. It applies to the whole of the MSC as an organization.
This strategy confirms our corporate responsibility to ensure that key CSR/sustainable development issues are managed within our company, to ensure the long term sustainability of our core mandates. The company also recognizes that by managing and improving the social, environmental and economic impacts of our day to day operations, there is opportunity to increase public confidence and satisfaction, prevent and reduce negative impacts on the environment while increasing improving quality of service efficiency and effectiveness in production.

MSF Vision

Our farmers living in transformed and empowered community with sustainable structures and networks that contributes to the wellbeing of the people, the economy and the environment.

MSF Mission

To work with the communities to deliver timely, targeted and affordable interventions that would empower them to meet their needs.


MSF Strategic Objectives

  1. To ensure CSR is run efficiently and effectively and community activities that are driven by commercial gain are separate from those principally benefit the community 
  2. To ensure a focal point for community investment partnerships and joint programs with other organizations
  3. Allow for fundraising for enhanced support and value to the community
  4. To enable employees engage themselves in community support programs and initiatives thereby build cohesion and individual social distribution.

Our Five CSR Priority Areas/ Themes

  1. Education
  2. Health and Sanitation
  3. Entrepreneurship and Income Generation
  4. Environment
  5. Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery



We have developed strategic objectives across these five priority areas; there are both CSR objectives that one might expect from any responsible organization around, for example, waste management or carbon emissions, additionally there are CSR objectives that reflect the unique nature and impact of our core business – sugar industry. Therefore our objectives are structured to reflect existing company strategies, objectives or policies. Use of these recognizes that MSC is not starting CSR from a ‘blank sheet’; rather that the Company has already been managing its environmental, social and economic impacts in different ways and to varying degrees, just never before pulled together under one cohesive CSR strategy framework.


Thematic areas explained

1.0  Education

MSC considers Education as a vital component of its lifeline and that of the community within which it operates. It is with this in mind that MSC has continued to fund the construction of school infrastructure within the sugarcane zones.  Since inception, MSC has constructed several school infrastructure in schools spread across the sugar belt. It is envisaged that these school buildings will go a long way in increasing accessibility to education for the children of school going age within the MSC scheme. It will also reduce overcrowding in classrooms and other facilities for the schools that benefitted thus making a tremendous contribution towards improvement of quality of Education within the scheme.


MSC has also continued to support bright students to access quality education through a bursary scheme managed by ELIMU TRUST. Through this scheme, 10 learners from the farmers’ households and an equal number from MSC staff members have annually got bursary funds to enable them access secondary school education from form 1 to form 4. The Foundation also runs the Utamu Halisi na Elimu bursary scheme that recruits 60 beneficiaries annually to join the program at Form One. Therefore 240 children are enrolled in secondary school at any time under this scheme.


MSC has continued to be the institution of choice for students from middle colleges, universities and other higher institutions of learning seeking industrial attachment. Each year more than 450 students are allowed an attachment period of 3 month with MSC. Upon completion, the learners would have gained valuable work experience that will see them fit in any work environment related to their scope of training.


The Foundation also supports the government and the education sector as a whole in hosting events that observe education days, sports and culture.


2.0  Health and Sanitation

MSC realizes that government funding towards social welfare has continued to be below target given the level of increasing needs. MSC has therefore been in the forefront in supporting the government to increase accessibility of its people to quality health services.


MSC has annually supported St. Mary’s Hospital in Mumias with a grant that usually goes to an urgent project of choice as selected by the hospital management board. St. Mary’s Hospital is strategically located to serve as a referral facility for both the farmers and MSC staff members.


Among other health initiatives, MSC has also dedicated its resources in supporting medical camps and anti-jigger campaigns. In the recent years a total of 30,000 people within the sugar belt were reached during the anti-jigger campaigns


MSC also supports and participates in the annual Mater Heart run; an event that brings together Kenyans in fundraising for children requiring open heart surgery performed annually at Mater Hospital in Nairobi. A number of staff members, learners from MSC Sponsored schools, other schools, colleges and universities plus several other people from the community participate in the run.  About 3 Million Kenya Shillings has been raised annually through this event.





3.0  Environment

The importance of a clean and healthy environment to an agricultural industry like sugar cannot be overemphasized. It is from this precinct that MSC has continued to collaborate with other partners in the scheme to ensure that measures that go into cleaning and rehabilitating the environment are given the importance that they do deserve.  MSC supports in the planting of 95,000 seedlings across the entire scheme annually. The survival rate for the seedlings has been put at more than 90%. This has been achieved through close corporation between the company, community groups and learning institutions. The schools have embraced the ‘adopt a tree’ campaign where each pupil is assigned to a tree seedling which he/she has to ensure that it is protected in order to survive. Efforts are also put in the protection of riverine springs and other water catchment areas.

MSC staff members have also been actively involved in cleaning of the environment. Town cleaning is done in collaboration with the neighboring County Governments.


4.0  Entrepreneurship and Income Generation

MSC has closely worked with farmers to ensure that their economic status is improvement. The promotion of cane farming as a business enterprise has ensured that farmers invest in more time and resources into their crop to avoid getting negative returns popularly referred to as “DR”. To ensure that farmers have alternative source of income as they wait for proceeds from their cane, MSC has supported groups of farmers to engage in various types of income generating activities. Key among these is dairy farming and growing of soya beans. Others include fish farming, interlocking stabilized soil bricks, bee keeping and setting up outlets for MSC products in far flung villages.


5.0  Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery

MSC has continued to stand with communities whenever a calamity befalls them.

In future, MSC plans to build the resilience capacity of the communities through formation of disaster preparedness teams that will help in the formulation of Community Disaster Preparedness Plans. School children will also be trained on fire marshaling and first aid.



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