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April 2021

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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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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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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Developing Decarbonisation Pathways for Industry to Inform a Just Transition in South Africa Aligned to Net Zero by 2050

Wednesday, 19 May 2021
14:00
to 17:30
Via Zoom

Partnerships between government and business are crucial to build solutions that meet global, national, sectoral and corporate-level climate change commitments. Global industry is critically appraising future options and transformation needs and an increasing number of corporations are proposing their own net zero targets and plans. The NBI and IDDRI are working to support individual businesses and sectors in exploring what deep decarbonisation pathways could look like for heavy emitting industries and value chains in South Africa and globally. As part…

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Launch of Transformation Blueprint for South African Companies

Wednesday, 26 May 2021
11:00
to 12:30
Via Microsoft Teams

Why is it important to develop a Transformation Blueprint for South African Companies? Recent shifts in socio-political and economic systems mean that businesses have had to respond to workplace dynamics by taking into consideration various identities and how these collectively impact the world of work. These shifts have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has had extensive implications on inclusivity and transformation in the workplace. To respond to these issues, the National Business Initiative’s (NBI) Inclusion Working Group…

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June 2021

Climate Finance Accelerator South Africa Launch

Thursday, 3 June 2021
10:00
to 11:30
Via Zoom

The year 2021 is pivotal in the race to tackle climate change, and countries have a limited amount of time for action. Responding effectively to this global challenge involves a massive transformation in financial markets. The scale of financial and other resources needed to achieve this transformation is in the order of hundreds of billions of US dollars.  This transformation must involve a country-driven shift toward policies and technologies that catalyse new investments and mainstream climate change into existing systems,…

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Intergenerational Leadership Dialogue: Solidarity in the Workplace

Friday, 18 June 2021
11:00
to 13:00
Via Zoom

Why are Intergenerational Leadership Dialogues crucial for achieving solidarity in the workplace? Achieving solidarity in the workplace is a nuanced and complex journey with intergenerational dialogues as one of the most important vehicles to transport us there. Enhanced solidarity creates more inclusive work cultures and therefore more cohesive workplaces. The National Business Initiative (NBI) has recognised that intergenerational leadership is an important aspect of transformation and equity and have created a platform to critically explore how workplaces engage around generational…

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Collectively Growing Township Economies: An opportunity to create bridges between the formal and township economy

Tuesday, 29 June 2021
10:00
to 12:00
Via Microsoft Teams

Persistent and increasingly high levels of youth unemployment in South Africa present one of the greatest obstacles to achieving equitable and inclusive economic growth. Given the scale of the challenges and the current economic context, youth unemployment will not be solved through labour absorption in the formal sector alone. Growing our Township Economies is vital for creating entry-level learning and employment opportunities for young people where they live, and also to upskill marginalised youth who lack formal post-school education, with…

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July 2021

Launch of WBCSD’s Vision 2050: Time to Transform

Thursday, 15 July 2021
10:00
to 11:30
Via Zoom

The National Business Initiative (NBI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) are hosting the South African launch of Vision 2050: Time to Transform. We’ll be asking how business can lead the transformations needed for 9+ billion people to live well, within planetary boundaries by 2050. The world faces three critical challenges: the climate emergency, nature loss and mounting inequality. Only collaboration at unprecedented levels between business, government and civil society, will create the impact and scale required…

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