Champions of Governance (COG) Award

Award Winners

2018 COG Award

22 January 2019 By Julius Kyulu in ICS COG Award, ICS News
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  • Category
  • Finance & Investment Sector Award
  • Co-operative Sector Award
  • Statutory Bodies Sector
  • Insurance Sector Award
  • Industrial and Allied Sector
  • Retirement Benefits Schemes Award
  • Water Services Sector Award
  • Education Sector Award
  • Company Secretary of the Year Award
  • COG CEO of the Year Award
  • Chairman of the Year Award
  • Most Improved Organization Award
  • Most Consistent Organization Award
  • Champion of Governance  Award
  • Winner
  • NIC Group PLC
  • Simba Chai Sacco Society Limited
  • Jomo Kenyatta Foundation [JKF]
  • ICEA Lion General Insurance
  • Sameer Africa Limited
  • CPF Financial Services Limited
  • Kericho Water & Sanitation Services
  • The Eldoret National Polytechnic
  • CS Caroline Kioni – Heritage Insurance Company Kenya Limited
  • Mr. Wesley K. Ngeno-Simba Chai SACCO Society Limited
  • Mr. Daniel Sang – Ndege Chai SACCO Limited
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
  • Invest and Grow (IG) SACCO Society Limited
  • NIC Group PLC
  • 1st Runner Up
  • African Banking Corporation (ABC Bank )
  • Ndege Chai SACCO Society Limited
  • Kenya Medical Training College
  • Heritage Insurance Company
  • KenGen Staff Benefits Scheme
  • Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
  • CS Kennedy M. Ontiti – ICEA Lion General Insurance
  • Mr. Godfrey Kioi-Heritage Insurance Company Kenya Limited
  • Eng. Kipsuge A. Soi – Kericho Water & Sanitation Company
  • Kericho Water & Sanitation Services Company
  • Simba Chai Sacco Society Limited
  • 2nd Runner Up
  • ICEA LION Asset Management
  • Kenya Highlands Sacco Society Limited
  • Nursing Council of Kenya
  • East Africa Reinsurance Company Limited
  • CS Isaac Kiplimo Mitei – CPF Financial Services Limited
  • Mr. Gilbert Bett – Ndege Chai SACCO Limited
  • Mr. Charles Muia Mbuvi – Nyati SACCO Society Limited
  • ICEA Lion General Insurance

The Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) in year 2010 inaugurated an Award for excellence in governance, titled the “Champions of Governance (COG) Award”. The Award which is now in its Tenth edition aims at recognizing institutions and individuals that exhibit the highest standards of practice of good governance. The Award aims at promoting practices in good governance in the following ways:-

  1. Recognition of practice and application of good governance in the both the public and private sector entities.
  2. Recognition of innovations in organizations that support good governance.
  3. Encouraging organizations to focus on enhancement of good governance.

Since the inauguration of this Award in 2010, the data collected from the assessment of the participants has been used to develop a governance index for Kenya the, Champions of Governance Index (CGI). The CGI is based on an analysis of data collected during the four years of the Champions of Governance Award (2010-2013)  and is a national performance indicator on governance based on the governance audit of various organizations in both public and private sectors.  The COG Award therefore provides a benchmark for organizations that pride themselves in upholding practices of good governance and recognize the value that good governance brings to their business.



The Award has the following categories and in each category there are three awards, best in the category and first and second runners up:-

  1. Agricultural Sector Award
  2. Finance and Investment Sector Award
  3. Commercial and Services Sector Award
  4. Industrial and Allied Sector Award
  5. Insurance Sector Award
  6. Statutory Bodies Award
  7. Small and Medium Enterprises Award
  8. Co-operative Sector Award
  9. Retirement Benefits Sector Award
  10. Water Services Sector
  11. NGO/Humanitarian Sector Award
  12. Education Sector Award
  13. Faith Based Sector Award
  14. Commission of the Year Award
  15. County Public Service Board Award
  16. Chairman, County Public Service Board Award
  17. Secretary, County Public Service Board Award
  18. Chairman of the year Award
  19. COG CEO of the year Award
  20. Company Secretary of the year Award
  21. Champion of Governance Award
  22. Most Improved organization Award

The following parameters are evaluated in the governance audit:

  1. The Board of Directors
  2. Ethical Leadership and Corporate Citizenship
  3. Accountability Risk Management and Internal Control
  4. Transparency and Disclosure
  5. Shareholders Rights and Obligations
  6. Shareholders Relationship
  7. Compliance with Laws and Regulations
  8. Sustainability and Performance Management

Some of the parameters are applied discreetly, depending on the sector/organization set-up.

  1. All organizations participating in the COG Award are required to pay a nominal  registration fee.
  2. Each organization completes a registration form and submits it to the Institute  together with the registration fee.
  3. Each participating organization is eligible to participate in the Chairman of the  Year Award, the COG CEO of the Year Award and the Company Secretary of the Year Award.
  4. After registering and paying the registration fee, a self assessment form is sent to the organization for completion. This form should be returned to the Institute within 7 days of receiving it, together with all the supporting documentation.
  5. A team of two Assessment Consultants are assigned to the organization to carry out the evaluation.
  6. The data collected from the organizations is then analyzed appropriately. The organizational performance is classified into sector ranking, overall ranking and other categories.
  7. The evaluation results are submitted to a Jury of eminent persons for decision making.
  8. The decision of the Jury is final.
  9. A Gala night is held to award winners of the Award.
  10. A Governance Audit report is submitted to the organization by the Assessment Consultants.
  11. A Post-COG Award Workshop is held to review the Award process.