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Grace, Digicel top good corporate citizen - survey

Published:Friday | August 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
GraceKennedy headquarters and commercial complex at Harbour Street, Kingston, to be completed in June 2018.
Don Wehby, group chief executive officer, GraceKennedy Limited.
Digicel's headquarters in downtown Kingston.
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The long-established GraceKennedy and relative newcomer Digicel have been voted the two corporate entities that have done the most to create a good image of Jamaica around the world.

The two also share the top spots in a tightly bunched field as to the corporate entities persons would work for based on their reputations for how they treat their workers and which have done the most to give back to Jamaica.

That is according to a recent Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll conducted islandwide from June 9 to 11, with 1,500 respondents and a sampling error of plus or minus of two per cent.

Other major corporate entities - including LASCO, Red Stripe-Desnoes & Geddes, Tankweld, J. Wray & Nephew, Wisynco, NCB, Scotiabank, and FLOW/LIME - also figured prominently in the minds of the respondents in one or all categories.

But with the 95-year-old GraceKennedy getting the most 'likes' in two of the categories and finishing second in the other, its chief executive officer (CEO), Don Wehby, told The Gleaner that the entity was grateful for the opportunity to be one of Jamaica's flag bearers.

"The creed by which we live is service to our country and doing all we can to make Jamaica the best that it can be. We believe that what is good for Jamaica is good for GraceKennedy, and our unyielding faith in our beloved country guides us to deepen our stakes where possible," said Wehby.

"We will continue to invest significantly in Jamaica and are positioning ourselves to do more with the construction of new, larger corporate headquarters on the Kingston waterfront and the opening of our sixth factory next year."

 

GIVING BACK IN OUR DNA

 

The 16-year-old Digicel has had its detractors over the years, but 25 per cent of respondents deemed it the country's best corporate citizen.

That is good news for David Butler, group CEO of Digicel Jamaica, who told our news team that the entity would continue to uplift and give back to the nation.

"As a Jamaican brand, giving back is at the heart of what we do. It's deeply ingrained in our DNA. Whether through our foundation or sponsorship activities, we believe that as we grow, our customers, and by extension, our country, should grow, too," said Butler.

"This is also an honour, and we must say thanks to our talented employees who go above and beyond for our customers every day. They truly epitomise what it means to be Digicel, and for this, we are thankful."