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NBI COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Member Feedback


One of the strengths of the NBI as a collaborative organisation, is that we support and assist member companies to anticipate business sustainability trends, with programmes demonstrating a combination of strategic thinking & practical implementation.  We build trust in the role of business in society.

Cas Coovadia
NBI Chairperson


Business tends to be internally focused. So, it is important that the NBI be at the forefront of what needs to be done so that we can be made aware of emerging risks and sustainability trends.

Khanyi Chaba
Head of Responsible Business

Old Mutual

The NBI plays a really important role to catalyse collaboration by bringing together partners in different sectors, to bring about the thought leadership that is required to enable the right action.

Brigitte Burnett
Head of Sustainability


The NBI has large impact through its ability to bring together a diversity of stakeholders.

Mike Brown
Chief Executive Officer


The benefits of collective effort far exceed what we could have done on our own.

Andile Sangqu
Executive Head: South Africa


I believe that the NBI plays an important role of developing collaborative solutions to some of the key social and environmental challenges in South Africa.

Zyda Rylands
Chief Executive Officer


Companies need to show that they are linked to communities in a broader sense, and the NBI provides a platform for that.  The ideas and learnings provided positions the NBI almost as the University of Sustainability in South Africa.

Chesney Bradshaw
Head of Sustainability

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The NBI plays a critical role of providing the drive and the frameworks that business lacks to address issues like social inequality and poverty.

Mxolisi Mgojo
Chief Executive Officer


The NBI provides a business network of strategic partners where I connect, collaborate and learn with other companies. We also engage in frank conversations on the impact of policy and regulations.

Madeleine Ronquest
Head of Environment Social and Climate Risk


We believe that the NBI plays a crucial role of excellence in making sure that we as business have a coordinated way in responding to global sustainable development matters.

Bongani Nqwababa
Joint President and CEO


NBI has created an inclusive space for people of diverse backgrounds to learn, share and co-create solutions in order for business SA to serve our country better.

Neliswa Fente
SpringAge by Deloitte Lead (Chair of the NBI Culture of Inclusion Working Group)


NBI’s Transformation and Social Cohesion Programme originated from an urgent call for business to assist in building an equitable and inclusive society. The programme provides an important platform for safe but robust interaction on how corporates in South Africa are addressing transformation, allowing space for both trailblazers and laggards to engage and co-create a thriving and prosperous society.

Kathleen Ebersohn-Khuvutlu
Senior Sustainability Specialist at Discovery Limited


The NBI plays such a crucial role in addressing burning issues facing us as a nation. Their expertise and experience built up over many years has positioned them well in being the voice of business and bringing government and business together to chart the way forward and ensure a prosperous South Africa.

Kevin Chaplin
Managing Director: The SA Ubuntu Foundation& NBI Western Cape Advisory Council Member

Women’s Month Campaign


One of Imperial’s top of mind objectives is to advance women in the workplace and to promote gender diversity, inlcuding: 

  • In the past 18 months, Imperial has appointed women to senior leadership roles, including its first female appointment to the Group Executive Committee and its first 2 female MDs within its operations.
  • We established our first global women’s forum to address critical issues impacting women in all our 32 countries of operation, implementing solutions and creating opportunities for women to advance in the organisation.

Esha Mansingh
Chief Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Officer & Chairman of the Global Women’s Forum


The SPAR Group Ltd has committed to working towards practical solutions to end Gender-Based Violence in our communities. As such we have rolled out an awareness campaign in our stores, which forms the basis of our initiative. We have signed a 5-year MOU with LifeLine South Africa, who manage and staff the GBV Helpline (0800 150 150) to strengthen their infrastructure and increase the number of trained counsellors. We are also working to support Thuthuzela Care Centres to assist them in their endeavours to support victims and increase the number of sexual offence convictions in the country.

Thuli Tabudi
Group HR Executive

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At RMB we believe in liberating our diverse talent to do good business for a better world. We recognise that GBV is a deep-rooted systemic issue from which none are immune. Overcoming gender based violence is critical to closing the gender gap and we  pledge to continue to face this injustice with courage, and overcome it with collective responsibility.

Dharshni Padayachee
Transformation, Inclusion and Equality


This Women’s Month, Pick n Pay is again collaborating with 1000 Women 1 Voice to take action against gender based violence (GBV). A series of Wednesday Webinars will be hosted about the GBV pandemic, the work of 1000 Women 1 Voice foundation and the need for South Africans to take action against GBV.

In these webinars, Director for Transformation, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman will be joined by 1000 Women Founder, Tina Thiart and businesswoman and humanitarian, Carol Bouwer, who is lending her voice as an ambassador for 1000 Women this year. Tickets can be obtained via Quicket, with proceeds going towards supporting victims of GBV.

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman
Director for Transformation


As a group we have implemented a three-year employment equity plan that supports transformation throughout all levels within the group and also adopted a gender diversity policy for the group’s board, focusing on race and gender equality. Our dedicated board and management governance committees ensure oversight of gender and employment equality progress and addresses any inequalities in the workplace. Our dedicated Wellness program plays an important part in the fight against GBV and provides support to affected employees and families through counselling and support groups.

Jannette Horn
Head of Sustainability


The South African Breweries remains committed to ensuring that our platform is used to uplift society. As a company, one of our priorities is fighting against gender-based violence and ensuring the safety of the women in our country. Through Carling Black Label, we run the #NoExcuse movement, which aims specifically to encourage men to be the champions of society, with a large part of that Champion role being respecting the women of our country. Further, during the lockdown period, and through #NoExcuse, we have launched BRAVE, our Whatsapp platform which women can reach out to if they are feeling threatened by messaging 0800 150 150. A chatbot will reply to these women, directing them adequately according to their specific needs.

Zoleka Lisa
Vice-President: Corporate Affairs


Absa Group is commemorating Women’s Month with a series of activities highlighting the pressing financial, emotional and physical challenges that women face across the globe – many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a purpose-driven organisation we have taken bold steps to strengthen the fight against sexual and gender-based violence, through #StoptoStart, a powerful solidarity campaign and call to action. We have also started the process of developing the Absa Women’s Manifesto, an organisational pledge outlining our commitment to gender equality and women empowerment. Male colleagues powerfully demonstrated their support for gender equality by championing change and committing to the HeForShe movement. We have also enhanced our current SGBV programmes aimed at supporting colleagues, and introduced sustainable platforms to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and enable colleagues to take action.

Sazini Mojapelo
Managing Executive: Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments

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Despite its wide geographic spread, the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected everyone in the same way. The attempts of key decision-makers  to limit the damage of COVID-19 involve each one of us, but the impacts of these choices are neither equally shared nor highly visible and could ultimately generate a multitude of unintended negative consequences for women, in many instances exacerbating existing gender inequalities.  The lack of women in leadership positions can also result in policies that perpetuate existing gender norms and inequities across entire nations. Accordingly, Nedbank attempts to address the issue of gender equality on multiple levels and through various initiatives ranging from economically focused interventions to emotional & physical wellbeing interventions and to ensuring equity in our policy provisions in the workplace. The challenges women face are complex and interrelated and our various responses need to be mindful of such system implications.

Brigitte Burnett

Head of Sustainability


Anglo American’s Living with Dignity Programme aims to confront the scourge of gender-based violence across our operations and surrounding communities. In response to the increasing reports of GBV during the national lockdown, the programme has launched an intervention in partnership with the National Shelter Movement, to provide support to victims of domestic violence in our communities. The overall focus of the intervention is to bolster the capacity and resilience of existing local infrastructure (community organisations, NGOs, and social structures such as the faith community) to best respond to GBV.

Hermien Botes
Head of Sustainability Engagement
Anglo American


At Vodacom, we view violence against women as a violation of human rights and the greatest obstacle towards gender equality.

Vodacom’s GBV programmes focus on prevention, response and victim support. Our response is through the Gender Based Violence Command Centre, which we helped to launch in 2014 in partnership with the Department of Social Development. Victim support is through the digital literacy we provide in the shelters for victims and survivors of GBV. Our new mobile-based App, which we have developed, is part of our prevention strategy.  The App will serve as a risk assessment tool for users to determine if they are in an abusive relationship, so they can seek help. The user will be able to compile and keep a journal of abusive incidents that could be used during criminal investigation and prosecution. We plan to launch this App later this year.

Takalani Netshitenzhe

External Affairs Director


The Hollard LeadHership Development Program is a powerful Hollard diversity and inclusion-driven initiative established in 2017. The program is aimed at transforming our business by bridging the current gender equality gap through the focused development of female talent entering or already in leadership roles. Currently in its 6th intake, the program has now impacted 168 Hollardite women, allowing them to lead with more confidence and increase Hollard’s diversity in the leadership tiers resulting in a more diverse organisational culture.

Zinhle Mariani
Group General Counsel


Distell seeks to create a workplace that reflects the communities it is serving and a culture where everyone feels valued, heard and included. We have a multi-faceted approach to our commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

One aspect of our GVBF approach is we have added a GBVF training module as part of our responsible Taverner programme. Our Tavern dialogues continue to be a point of critical conversation on this matter. We have also partnered with as well as the Department of Social Development for certain GBVF programmes.

Bridgitte Backman
Director: corporate and regulatory affairs