Creating a Culture of Inclusion Working Group
The main output of the Working Group was to produce a blueprint of what an inclusive South African organization should/could look like. The blueprint is a culmination of the Working Group’s interest and engagements on a range of topics linked to inclusion and belonging that build on best practice and stimulate new thinking. The aim of the blueprint is to provide guidance for a piloting process within teams, units and organisations.
The Transformation Blueprint is anchored by key transformation principles: accountability, transparency, support mechanisms, recourse, justice and equity. Through this document, the NBI has developed a framework which speaks to the dynamism and complexities of the South African private sector. Based on research and knowledge sharing, the Transformation Maturity Curve emerges from this work as a tool for companies to track and measure their transformation journeys. Findings from engaging with the Maturity Curve will assist business in developing and implementing interventions which prioritise belonging, equity and broader social transformation.
LGBTQI+ Employees in the Workplace
The National Business Initiative (NBI) conducted research on understanding the experiences of LGBTQI+ employees in the workplace with the intention of creating strategies that support and enhance transformation, belonging and representation in the office environment. Additionally, this research formed part of a comprehensive report that reflects the current international best practice on workplace transformation, providing an overview of current research that has been conducted on the topic in South Africa, critically engaging the experiences of LGBTQI+ employees in the South African private sector and exploring interventions that effectively speak to a transformed workplace.
Gender Based Violence Pathway
The National Business Initiative (NBI), under the Social Transformation unit, has undertaken the task to develop a Gender Based Violence (GBV) Pathway which aims to work with South African companies in addressing, challenging their thinking and responses to eradicating GBV. Given that businesses operate within society, it is not immune from experiencing social issues that continue to plague the country. Currently, research on the extent and existing interventions in corporate South Africa on addressing and eradicating GBV is scarce.
- Conducting baseline research and engaging business on current and developing interventions on addressing GBV
- Facilitating dialogues between CSOs, government and the private sector on how interventions can be contextually relevant and sustainable
- Developing company interventions that are focused on engaging men
- Partner with companies on developing interventions that are sector specific and extend within their sphere of influence
- Ensure that dialogues on the importance of addressing GBV takes place at different company levels – from community members, employees to C-Suite
Gender Pay Gap Pilot
The NBI in partnership with the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS) at the University of Witwatersrand conducted the Gender Pay Gap Pilot to develop a methodology that measures the pay gap within South African companies. Through this pilot process, the NBI sought to develop a standardised and simple methodology that can be applied across sectors and develop solutions on correcting the wage gap. On 20th March 2020, the NBI hosted its first gender pay gap pilot workshop where we invited participating companies to gain better insight into the pilot process and further expand on the economic models to be used for the pilot. The final reports were launched and published in March and May 2021, respectively.
Call to Action: Following the conclusion of the pilot report, the NBI will focus on developing an online pay gap tool which will allow companies to securely submit their datasets and measure their income discrepancies. Under this future project, companies are invited to assist with funding the development of the tool.
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