|Steve Nicholls, our Head of Environment and Mandy Rambharos, an NBI Board Member, have been invited to join a World Bank advisory group to support a high-level Leadership Forum on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness, led by a panel that comprises global business leaders. The Leadership Forum will involve a series of regional consultative dialogues with a broad range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives, business and civil society. It will be supported by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), a public-private platform launched at COP21 in Paris in 2015 with the aim to accelerate the global uptake of carbon pricing as a key solution to address climate change. Please contact: Steve Nicholls for further information on this Leadership Forum.|
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|May 2018: Over the past two weeks, the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the National Skills Fund (NSF) visited 21 learners that are participating in the Graduate Placement Programme. The learners are currently placed at Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Tsogo Sun and Compass Group sites, for a period of nine months. Further information.|
The uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP) convenes key government, private sector and civil society stakeholders to actively collaborate on water security solutions for the uMhlathuze catchment in KwaZulu-Natal. Two people are employed full time (by the NBI and WWF-SA respectively), with further support and funding provided by GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme and additional funding provided by Mondi and Tongaat Hulett. To date, UWASP has undertaken extensive stakeholder engagement with private and public partners to ensure that all can actively participate in the overall partnership and in specific projects of interest. A detailed partnership work plan and governance structure has been approved and implementation of 5 priority projects commenced in December 2017. The 5 priority projects address downstream water use efficiency opportunities; agricultural water stewardship practices; ecological infrastructure requirements (alien invasive plant clearing and wetlands); the development of local community environmental champions for pollution control; and enhanced management of the region’s coastal lakes and surface water dam.
Progress on some priority projects is detailed below.
1. In February 2018 a study tour to the Inkomati Usuthu Catchment Management Agency in Mpumalanga brought together the Department of Water and Sanitation and sugar industry representatives to explore the lessons learned in the IUCMA’s water monitoring and metering systems. The implementation of a catchment management system and institutional support in the uMhlathuze catchment will benefit DWS’ long-term management of the catchment and of Goedertrouw dam, including more effective water use management by the agricultural sector and downstream industry.
2. Scoping work to understand the interrelated waste and water challenges, interests and job-creation opportunities for communities in informal areas around the coastal lakes of Mzingazi and Cubhu has commenced. These lakes supply water for domestic and industry users in the Richards Bay area. UWASP is in the process of formalising cooperation with the City of uMhlathuze Municipality in order to work together on this community based project and other interventions.
Please contact Michelle Hiestermann to obtain further details on UWASP.
The NBI’s Transformation Programme is designed to support and facilitate a deeper and more comprehensive level of social transformation and economic inclusion by the private sector. The programme engaging with both the role of business in addressing our core socio-economic challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment and will also address key internal transformation issues in corporates, including inter alia issues of equity in relation to race, gender, age and leadership.
Our vision is a South African business community contributing actively to social and economic transformation by creating jobs and economic opportunities and that identifies and addresses internal and external transformation challenges in order to ensure equity within the workplace and an organisational culture appropriate to this; as well as addressing the relationship between business and the rest of society in order to achieve increased equity.
The NBI’s first 2018 Transformation Thought Leadership dialogue which takes place on 20 March 2018, is to understand approaches to changing our economy and society, and explore differing views, as well as convergences, as ultimately we are all working towards the same end. We will be engaging with the following guest panelists:
- Busisiwe Mavuso | COO: Business Leadership South Africa
- George Sebulela | Chairperson: Black Business Council
- Tanya Cohen | CEO: Business Unity South Africa
- Joanne Yawitch | CEO: National Business Initiative
This Thought Leadership Series will engage various business associations to understand their positions and approaches to creating an equal and just South African Society. The purpose is to understand these approaches and where they converge, as ultimately we are all working towards the same end.
Please contact Gugu Mclaren-Ushewokunze for further information on our transformation programme.
The second edition of an atlas showing South Africa’s vulnerability to climate change has been launched in Johannesburg, to help the country’s economic and social sectors take informed decisions to avoid risks related to climate change. EE Publishers, 15 March 2018.
The UN Global Compact (UNGC) and the National Business Initiative (NBI) wish to inform their respective members, signatories and stakeholders of important changes taking place in the governance and management of the UN Global Compact in South Africa. Read here.
THE NBI’S SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY UNIT through the Pathways to Employability Programme, facilitates meaningful industry/college partnerships aimed at enhancing the responsiveness of TVET college curriculum to industry needs and increasing access of college graduates into the world of work. Against this backdrop, the NBI continues to implement structured placement programmes in the construction, engineering and hospitality sectors to demonstrate an approach and methodology for industry/college partnerships designed to producing work-ready youth in areas of innovation and where growth is anticipated.
The following projects are planned for the first quarter of 2018:
Kindly contact Cecil Macheke for further details on the NBI’s Social Sustainability Unit.
Formation of NBI Member Drought Task Force Members of the National Business Initiative (NBI) are advised that a private sector task force to support the drought response in the Western Cape has been formed. This task force will work closely with both the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Provincial Government to share private sector expertise in support of new and ongoing drought relief efforts across the province. Both the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Provincial Government are supportive of the task force, with the focus being on leveraging private sector skills for greatest short term impact. Please contact Alex McNamara for further details or should you wish to serve on this task force.
|Molewa hopeful Bonn climate talks can deliver assurances South Africa is hopeful that the World Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, will not only take stock of what is required to implement the Paris Agreement, but that it will provide assurances that the political balance of the Paris Agreement is upheld. IOL, 15 November 2017.|
The Government of South Africa, through the Department of Environmental Affairs, and the National Business Initiative (NBI) are hosting a South African Pavilion at COP23. The purpose of the pavilion is to share the positive story about South African activity in climate change. To reflect that a sophisticated policy environment is in development and that South African companies have been making steady mitigation and adaptation progress. NBI Quick Brief, 10 November 2017