The National Business Initiative (NBI) is excited to announce the launch, on 11 May 2020, of our Benchmark Report: Understanding the Private Sector’s Approach to Anti-Corruption. Click here to read the report.
Environmental data is a crucial lever for informed decision-making, long-term economic resilience and competitiveness. CDP, as the leading global platform for the measurement and reporting of corporate climate change information, is once again working with companies to track corporate leadership and progress towards a thriving, low carbon and resilient future. Read here.
The National Business Initiative (NBI) would like to inform our members of an interesting benchmarking project that we will be embarking on this year, which is an update to the Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2016 Report. This work will be undertaken by Corruption Watch (the South African chapter of Transparency International) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), in partnership with the NBI, under the NBI’s Ethical Leadership and Anti-Corruption Programme. NBI, 17 April 2020.
The NBI has Adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a Strategic Framework to Guide Work Focussed on Sustainable and Inclusive Socio-Economic Transitions in South Africa
The potential value of the SDGs can be unlocked in two ways. Read about unlocking this potential in the full case study on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s SDG Business Hub, here.
The NBI and BUSA COVID-19 Water Task Team has commenced with an emergency water response to combat the coronavirus. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has identified about 2 000 communities that have no water services to facilitate hand washing to reduce the risk of infection and has implemented a programme of action to fast track the provision of rudimentary water systems. Read here.
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) is becoming increasingly important as stakeholders place greater pressure on companies to ensure their business model is resilient and sustainable. Steve Nicholls, NBI’s Head of Environment participated in a panel discussion on Tuesday at FTI Consulting’s ESG engagement held in Johannesburg, along with other panel experts, Martin Porter, Dr Adrian Saville and Franita Neuville. View highlights here and click here to access the report.
The National Business Initiative (NBI) supported by the Confederation of Danish Industry and Nedbank’s Eyethu Community Trust, in partnership with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and Ekurhuleni East TVET College’s Artisan Skills Development Centre (ASDC), has started implementation of the Installation, Repair, and Maintenance (IRM) Initiative. Having completed a 12-week integrated work-readiness and basic plumbing training programme, provided jointly by Harambee and Ekurhuleni East College, 33 of the 37 candidates began their 6-month structured workplace-based learning on the 20th January 2020 with 13 plumbing companies, across Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. The remaining 4 candidates are awaiting confirmation of commencement dates. The next cohort of candidates will be starting in April 2020. Companies are invited to participate in this Initiative by contacting Cecil Macheke: Cecilm@nbi.org.za.
|The National Business Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, has commenced with the Gender Pay Gap Pilot, to develop a standardized methodology to calculate the gender pay-gap in South African companies. Understanding income disparities in South Africa requires applying economic models which reflect the gendered and racial aspects of the pay-gap. In addition to the NBI’s published report on Gender Equity in the Workplace, this pilot project will serve as a basis for the development of an online platform which will assist companies in assessing the extent of their income disparities. A report on key findings and insights of the pilot is set to be launched in July 2020. Companies interested in participating in this project are encouraged to contact: Khanyisa Nomoyi.|
Technical Assistance, Mentorship And Development (TAMDEV) is a Jobs Summit Business intervention whereby experienced retired and/or semi-retired individuals from the private sector support Government in the improvement of service delivery through the offering of technical assistance and mentorship. The importance of the TAMDEV programme was recently highlighted by the President at the BUSA Business Economic Indaba held last week, where he prioritised the need to strengthen the “capacity and capability of the State”. NBI’s previous call for Business to support this much needed programme resulted in a number of our members volunteering their time and resources to assist municipalities becoming functional. Companies who rely strongly on a functional municipality have incorporated the TAMDEV programme in their upliftment projects to ensure sustainability and a return on their efforts. TAMDEV is committed to partner with you in turning around our municipalities. To get involved, please contact: Ruth Troskie.