Case Study

African Wildlife Foundation Case Study

The business:

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading international conservation organization focused exclusively on Africa's wildlife and wild lands. AWF's programs and conservation strategies are designed to protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. The African Wildlife Foundation is committed to empowering African leaders to be at the forefront of conservation efforts, ensuring a thriving Africa for future generations.

The challenges:

Prior to partnering with activpayroll and UKG, the African Wildlife Foundation was facing labour-intensive and, in some countries, manual processes for their global payroll and HR functions. From a global payroll perspective, most of the payroll was done internally, which lead to inefficiencies, technological challenges and for certain countries of operation, AWF was utilising individual payroll providers which resulted in high costs and presented administrative challenges. From an HR point of view, AWF’s process for managing employees’ information was very outdated, relying on spreadsheets, cloud storage and different systems for different HR functions. These intricacies made the African Wildlife Foundation HR and Accounting teams’ efforts challenging and overall, did not meet the needs of the business.

Our solutions:

Since partnering with activpayroll and UKG, the African Wildlife Foundation is now benefitting from activpayroll’s expertise, delivering global payroll services in their growing locations and utilising the seamless UKG Pro integration as their HRIS, enabling them to consolidate all HR functions including: timekeeping, recruiting, onboarding, housing of employee data, performance reviews and payroll in the US. For the first time, AWF has one cohesive solution which adds efficiency, much-needed automation and is giving time back to the AWF HR team to focus on their people.


The activpayroll and UKG Pro integration has replaced all manual processes the African Wildlife Foundation was previously undergoing with global payroll and HR functions, ensuring that employees have a positive and straightforward experience when accessing their data and giving the HR department greater confidence in managing the employee life-cycle. The cost savings and time given back to the AWF’s global HR teams now allows them to be more productive, accurate and focus on growth and business priorities.

I would like to note the professionalism that all activpayroll team members presented, they have just been incredibly patient and organised in helping us navigate this project. They had no problem answering numerous questions and walking us through some of the steps required in countries we had no experience in. Having those experts on-board, breaking everything down for us was really invaluable. Merit where merit is due, it’s been such a positive experience!

Human Resources Manager African Wildlife Foundation