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May 2021

COP26 South African Pavilion Roadshow Launch

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
13:00
to 14:00
Via Zoom

Demonstrating government and business ambition and credibility, as well as positioning South Africa as an attractive low-carbon investment destination Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our global economy and tackling it is also one of the world’s big economic opportunities. The 26th International Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be held in Glasgow, UK  in November 2021, will be a pivotal moment for governments and business across the globe to make ambitious commitments to tackle climate change and…

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April 2021

Enhancing NDC Ambition and the Importance of Private Sector Participation

Wednesday, 28 April 2021
10:00
to 12:00
Via Zoom

The latest science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that more urgent and rapid reductions in emissions are required by all countries. A failure to limit emissions to 1.5 degrees leaves us vulnerable to the impacts of severe climate change. Although some real progress has been made, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has indicated that current individual level contributions are not adequate to prevent dangerous global warming this century. Calls are mounting for…

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UWASP: Virtual Partners Platform Meeting

Thursday, 22 April 2021
09:30
to 12:00
Via Zoom

2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP), a collaboration that works to improve water security across the uMhlathuze region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 5 year milestone affords us the opportunity to reflect on our efforts to date, share our current activities and progress, and to discuss envisaged projects that could further enhance the region’s water security. In particular, this meeting will focus on: A reflection on UWASP’s efforts over the past 5 years; An…

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Unpacking the Just Transition in developed and developing country contexts from the perspectives of business and labour

Monday, 19 April 2021
10:00
to 11:30
Via Zoom

In light of the global climate crisis, and more recently, due to the need to rebuild their economies following the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, forward thinking countries are taking the opportunity to transition towards low carbon development pathways. The European Union, China and the United Kingdom, to name a few, have made public commitments to reduce their carbon emissions to net-zero. As some of our major trading partners progress towards net-zero, we need to set ourselves on a…

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March 2021

Unlocking Corporate Procurement to Drive South Africa’s Renewable Electricity Transition Launch

Monday, 29 March 2021
14:00
to 16:00
Via Zoom

Join the National Business Initiative (NBI) in partnership with The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), The Climate Group, CDP and supported by We Mean Business, to accelerate corporate renewable electricity procurement in South Africa. A renewable electricity revolution is underway across the globe. This transition to renewable based electricity is a gamechanger for sustainable growth and global efforts to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Companies in South Africa are the largest consumers of electricity and therefore…

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Building climate leadership and action in the lead up to UN Climate Change Conference, COP26 in Glasgow

Friday, 26 March 2021
11:00
to 13:00
Via Zoom

The British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey MVO, Chief Executive Officer of the National Business Initiative (NBI), Joanne Yawitch and Charles Perry of the COP26 Climate Champions Team are hosting a discussion for NBI Member Companies, on building climate ambition and private sector leadership in the lead up to COP26. The year 2021 is a pivotal moment in the race to tackle climate change. Countries only have a limited amount of time in which to act if the…

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Envisioning South Africa’s Just Transition and Climate Pathways – Realising opportunities for the Youth

Wednesday, 17 March 2021
15:30
to 16:30
Via Microsoft Teams

South Africa’s economy is highly carbon and energy intensive and is also extremely vulnerable to both the transition and physical risks from climate change. We are also an acutely unequal society, marked by gross levels of economic exclusion. South Africa must achieve a just and inclusive transition to realise economic opportunities and competitiveness, to enhance social cohesion and to address intergenerational climate impacts and justice for country’s youth in generations to follow. Meaningful engagement with South Africa’s youth, who constitute…

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Gender Pay Gap Report Launch 2021

Friday, 12 March 2021
11:00
to 13:00
Via Microsoft Teams

What would it mean to pay women fairly for the value of their work? This is a question the National Business Initiative (NBI) has set out to answer together with the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at the University of Witwatersrand and with the support of the South African Rewards Association (SARA). The gender pay gap is a symptom of structural societal and economic inequity that not only detrimentally impacts women, but affects whole economies. Closing the gender pay…

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December 2020

Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2020: Report Launch

Wednesday, 2 December 2020
11:00
to 13:00
Via Zoom

Corruption Watch (the South African chapter of Transparency International) and ODI (an international development thinktank in London), in partnership with the Ethical Leadership & Anti-Corruption Programme of the  National Business Initiative (NBI), are hosting the launch of Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing South African Companies 2020. This important benchmarking study used an objective questionnaire to score and rank 100 corporations in South Africa on the transparency of their reporting on: Anti-corruption programmes; Subsidiary and associated companies; and Operations outside South…

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