The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) and GraceKennedy (GK) Limited have announced that GK Group CEO, Senator Don Wehby, is the recipient of the 2020 Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Award for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship.
The award is the first of its kind being conferred by ICS, and is to be presented to Wehby at the 27th annual CARAH awards ceremony to be hosted virtually on Friday, November 20.
The award recognises Wehby’s significant contributions to the advancement of business and corporate social responsibility in the region and Diaspora as the CEO of GK.
Ahead of the ceremony, Wehby explained how grateful he is to be receiving the award.
“I am honoured to join the ranks of past awardees from our region, trailblazers who have paved the way for Caribbean people around the world to make their mark in every aspect of modern life in every corner of the globe. As Jamaicans say, ‘Wi likkle but wi tallawah’ – despite our small size, the impact of our region is great,” said Wehby.
He has served as the Group Chief Executive Officer at GraceKennedy Limited since July 2011. He first joined GK in 1995 as Group Finance Manager, and has served in several positions within the company, including as COO of GK’s Financial Services Division, Group CFO and CEO of GK Investments.
He is also a director of several of GK’s boards, including Chairman of First Global Holdings, GK Foods and Services Limited, and GraceKennedy Money Services SRL.
“I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead GraceKennedy, following in the footsteps of my most distinguished predecessors. My 25-year journey at GK has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I would like to thank the entire GK family, past and present, for their dedication and support.
Thanks also to Dr Claire Nelson and the team from the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) in Washington, for selecting me for this award in my capacity as CEO of this great Jamaican company,” said Wehby
Commenting on the significance of the CARAH award for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship, Founder and President of ICS, Dr Claire Nelson, outlined that “We are pleased to be honouring Senator Wehby, as he truly embodies the spirit of this award, which seeks to highlight the significant social, cultural and environmental contributions Caribbean businesses make to the communities in which they operate.
“As we struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, GK’s CSR (corporate social responsibility) response exemplifies what it means to be a good corporate citizen in the time of crisis. We proudly pay tribute to Senator Wehby and GraceKennedy, and celebrate our shared vison for a sustainable future,” said Nelson
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year GraceKennedy has been showing its support to those in need by donating food and care packages, awarding scholarships, and providing digital devices for online learning in Jamaica. Through its ‘With Love from Grace’ Food Truck Tour, Grace Foods also fed 2,000 essential workers in New York and Florida in July and August.
“As a proud Jamaican, it has always been a dream of mine to leave a legacy of empowerment and make a positive contribution to my country and the region. GraceKennedy has allowed me to do that. GK’s We Care mantra is at the heart of everything we do. The work of our company’s two foundations truly inspires and motivates me and the entire GK team to create a better world for our children,” said Wehby.