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.
The Inaugural Old Mutual Partnership Awards took place last night on Tuesday, 3 December 2019. These awards have been created as a platform for recognising the partnerships that Old Mutual has developed with different stakeholders, with the collective aim of improving the lives of South Africans. The adjudication panel comprised of representatives from various OML business segments, including from their Marketing and Corporate Affairs Unit as well as Provincial Management Board executive sponsors. The National Business Initiative (NBI) is delighted to have received an award in the category of: Professional Association Industry/Body.
The Indaba which focussed on “Skills for a Changing World”, took place this week on Tuesday in Johannesburg. Dr Anthony Gewer, NBI’s Social Sustainability Programme Manager presented at this session on “Building Pathways: Attracting Industry Support: Building Alternative Pathways to Artisanal Trades”. Download a copy of his presentation here.
The National Business Initiative (NBI), Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa and GIZ this week held an information session with plumbing employers who will be hosting Installation Repair and Maintenance (IRM) plumbing candidates for their 6-month workplace-based learning component of the programme. Discussions focused mainly on the role of in-company mentors, and the support companies would be getting from the programme. Employers highlighted the importance of candidates having the right attitude and the significance of this as a central feature of work-readiness training. The evening concluded with employers reiterating their support and commitment to the programme, some even announcing that they would place more candidates than they had initially agreed to. For more information on the IRM Green Skills in TVETs Programme contact: Cecil Macheke.
Installation, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) Green Skills TVET College Intervention: First Cohort Starts Training at Ekurhuleni East TVET College
The IRM Green Skills TVET college intervention rolled out the first group of 40 candidates who embarked on an industry-recognised “Technical Plumbing Assistant” programme at Ekurhuleni East TVET College on 7th September 2019, comprising 12-week work-readiness and technical training in plumbing and solar water heater installation and maintenance. Further information.
Mmaphefo Thwala: NBI’s Project Manager: Water last week participated in a panel discussion at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Women in Environment Dialogue, which took place 28 to 29 August 2019 in Gauteng. During the discussion on “Elevating the role of women in the climate change response – ensuring social inclusion in the transition to a lower carbon and climate resilient society”, Mmaphefo highlighted that applying a gender lens to climate change is necessary because women are at the forefront of the climate change crisis…hence climate change action needs to be gender responsive. View her presentation here.