Incite news

Jonathon is in Paris this week as a contributor to an expert validation workshop held to review the publication of “Raising the bar – The essentials of the environmental dimension of reporting”.  The meeting is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE), in cooperation with international partner institutions, and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. The aim of the event is to discuss and validate the initial findings of the study among leading experts (including representatives from businesses, NGOs, sustainability reporting experts and academia).

Jonathon is chairing a panel discussion on materiality at the launch this week of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) International Framework on Integrated Reporting <IR>. Jonathon was a member of the IIRC advisory groups on Materiality and Value, and also sits on the South African Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) Working Group where he contributed to drafting the pioneering South African guidance document on integrated reporting.

photo_ava_15Apr2014Thirty Action Volunteers Africa recruits braved sweltering temperatures in Lansdowne, Cape Town, last week to explore eight leadership micro-skills.

Shared value micro-skills develop a leader’s ability to inspire and engage others in support of social change. The skills, which form part of Incite’s executive leadership training, are drawn from complexity science and traditional systems of personal development.

The AVA delegates will be joining non-governmental organisations in greater Cape Town as part of an innovative programme that seeks to prepare and develop school leavers for the world of meaningful work. We wish them a year of inspiration, wonder and learning.

Contact Nicola ( for more information on shared value leadership training for your business.

A rainy day at Onze Rust, Stellenbosch. Nicola joins a circle of creative catalysts at a workshop presented by Andy Kitt, nowhere global and Janet Goldblatt, nowhere SA.

“Since 1998 nowhere has been travelling the world working with global corporations and government agencies building cultures of innovation and developing breakthrough strategies through the power of creative teams and evocative leadership.”

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Nicola joins a panel of 12 thought leaders on ‘demystifying the purpose economy’. The telesummit runs 24 – 28 March and registration is free.

The telesummit organisers invite you to share in the insights of the thought leaders and action heroes driving the purpose economy!

Jonathon is in Kigali, Rwanda, this week (17-21 March, 2104) as part of a GIZ-funded project aimed at promoting the uptake of social responsibility (SR) and sustainability throughout East Africa. In these engagements with organisations across a range of sectors – including agribusiness, mining, utilities and standards bodies – Jonathon will be exploring the potential to promote the uptake of strategies for shared value, examining the implications of the global governance shift to integrated reporting, and discussing the role of global standards such as ISO 26000.

Jonathon is contributing to the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership‘s  Sustainability Practitioners Seminar on 11 March, 2014. The seminar, held at Diemersfontein wine estate near Wellington (South Africa) aims to equip participants with a high-level understanding of sustainability, as well as some of the best practical approaches to understanding critical social and environmental pressures, assessing their impact on organisations, developing systems for responding creatively to them, and integrating these systems into their organization’s operations and strategy. Jonathon will be sharing Incite’s approach to the development of sustainability strategy aimed at promoting innovation and long-run competitiveness, as well as reflecting on recent best practice in sustainability and integrated reporting.

Incite Director, Jonathon Hanks, and Irbaris Managing Partner, David Hampton, are launching the CDP South Africa Water Report 2013 in Johannesburg on Monday 10 March and Cape Town on Friday 14 March.  This is the fourth successive year in which the CDP’s water information request has been sent to the CEOs of South Africa’s top listed companies, asking them to disclose their company’s response to water-related risks and opportunities throughout their value chain. This year, the questionnaire was sent on behalf of 530 global investors, representing US$57 trillion in assets, to 59 companies on the JSE 100 that are deemed to be in a water-intensive sector, or in a sector that is sensitive to water issues through their value chain. In South Africa the CDP is run through a partnership between CDP, headquartered in London, and the National Business Initiative (NBI) in Johannesburg. Incite Sustainability and Irbaris undertook the background analysis and wrote this report, which seeks to present an objective account of the corporate responses, allowing readers to make their own informed assessment of companies’ understanding of, and strategic response to, water-related risks and opportunities.

The National Business Initiative (as the representative for the United Nations Global Compact in South Africa) is hosting an event to discuss how companies in Africa view sustainability and how leading companies around the world are using the UNGC principles to drive significant value for their businesses and stakeholders.

The UNGC Global report, ‘Architects of a better future’, is the largest CEO survey on sustainability in history featuring the views of over 1,000 CEOs across 103 countries and 27 industries. Being presented for the very first time in Africa, Justin Keeble (Accenture’s Managing Director of Sustainability in Europe, Africa and Latin America), one of the report’s authors, will share his views on the implications of the report for businesses in Africa as well as insights from his personal interactions with CEOs from various regions. The expert views of Accenture will be supplemented by a panel discussion.

Key discussion points include:

1)      Sustainability remains critical, yet businesses are failing to deliver: 93% of CEOs said that sustainability was ‘very important’ or ‘important’ to the future of their business, yet only 32% think that the global economy is on track to meet the needs of a growing population;

2)      Businesses need to do more to deliver: 84% of CEOs believe that business should lead the efforts to deliver sustainability goals, yet only 33% of CEOs believe that businesses are doing enough to address sustainability challenges;

3)      Governments need to provide an enabling environment: 83% of CEOs believe that governments should step up their efforts to provide an enabling environment for business efforts on sustainability;

4)      Leaders are not waiting for regulation and are delivering value now: With 62% of CEOs expecting sustainability to transform their industry within 5 years, leading companies are combining sustainability impact with business performance through a new approach focused on growth, innovation and value creation.

We’ll share our feedback later.