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National Business Initiative
National Business Initiative
National Business Initiative
National Business Initiative
National Business Initiative
National Business Initiative

NBI’s Purpose

The National Business Initiative (NBI) supports businesses to play a responsible role in the sustainable, socio-economic development that South Africa needs to thrive.

Social Transformation

Social Transformation

We promote bold transformation in workplaces through strategic dialogue and best practice, including tackling corruption, while co-creating innovative solutions to achieve inclusive workspaces.

Economic Inclusion

Economic Inclusion

We challenge the systemic barriers to achieving economic inclusion, including for youth, co-creating interventions that enhance inclusion, employability & opportunities.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

We empower business leaders to understand the impact of interconnected risks and opportunities, ensuring they remain future forward and sustainable.



We deliver cross-cutting capacity building through technical mentorship and development approaches to strengthen Government’s capacity, enabling conducive environments in which business and society thrive.

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Introducing the National Business Initiative (NBI)

We are an independent business movement of nearly 100 South African and multi-national member companies committed to the vision of a thriving country and society. The NBI was launched in 1995 by the then President, Nelson Mandela as a voluntary coalition of South African and multinational businesses.

The NBI is for the committed.

Join us now in building South Africa’s tomorrow.


  • Gender, race and intergenerational equity
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Ethics and Transformation
  • Bold and Ambitious Leadership


  • Skills and employability
  • Township Economies
  • SMEs and Youth


  • Climate
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Green Finance


  • Institutional and Government Capacity Building
  • Mentorship

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela

About the NBI

At the National Business Initiative (NBI), we believe in making change happen.

We are an independent, business movement of nearly 100 South African and multi-national companies committed to the vision of a thriving society.

The NBI works with our members to build their capacity for change and to create investment opportunity for them.

Together with Business, Government and Civil Society, we strive to ensure that South Africa’s economy is inclusive, resilient, sustainably driven and built on trust.

Video About the NBI

The National Business Initiative (NBI) is a voluntary coalition of companies, working for the past 27 years towards a resilient and inclusive economy, building trust to enable implementation and enhancing the capacity of our stakeholders to participate in economic and social transformation.




Press Releases, Thought Leadership, Quick Briefs, News Updates and Newsflashes

Click here for our latest press releases and mailers covering a range of dynamic content related to the NBI focal areas


On a Clear Day

The NBI’s weekly sustainable development news update.

NBI In the News

Our International Partners

Our Location

5th Floor, 61 Katherine Street, Dennehof, Sandton, 2196

P O Box 294, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa

Quick Contact

Phone: +27 (11) 544 6000

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Join us and let’s build South Africa’s future together.

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