May 31st, 2016: The latest edition of Africa Outlook featured ECP portfolio company Java House, “one of a new breed of authentically African businesses embracing global standards of best practice.” The article relays the strides that the company has made in achieving significant and sustainable growth.
Java House has played a key role in kick-starting East Africa’s coffee-shop culture among the mass consumer market and today has nearly 50 branches. Java House has put its employees at the heart of its growth strategy. Today, a significant number of its staff at the company, as well at the Java Group’s subsidiaries Planet Yogurt and 360 Degrees Artisan Pizza, have risen through the ranks to management positions due to training and mentoring programs.
The article also highlights the businesses’ commitment to being an equal opportunity employer. Nearly half of Java’s workforce are women, who are encouraged to stay on at work with Java through receiving above-average market wages, paid maternity leave, healthcare, pensions, and more flexible working time to support childcare.
Java House was the first restaurant group in East and Central Africa to receive ISO 22000:2005 certification for food safety management systems in early 2016 and the company also contributes to local supply chain growth by sourcing KES 80 million of its fresh produce from East African farmers.
Altogether, Java House provides an example of how entrepreneurial companies can apply international best practices while meeting new consumer demands on the continent.
To read the full article please click here.