Jonathon is in Algiers, Algeria, facilitating at a meeting of the ISO MENA Joint Coordination Committee (JCC). The aim of the meeting – which is attended by the Secretary General of ISO, the CEOs of five national standards bodies, and national project co-ordinators – is to review the progress of a four-year SIDA-funded project promoting the uptake of social responsibility practices within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The project targets eight pilot countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia) and covers a series of activities aimed at creating a pool of national and regional experts on social responsibility and sustainable development. Jonathon is one of the international experts appointed to assist in the delivery of this programme over the four year .
Incite’s Jonathon Hanks will be facilitating the Asia Retreat of the Emerging Market Multinationals Network for Sustainability, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1 to 4 December, 2013. The Retreat, hosted by GIZ in cooperation with UNCTAD, is aimed at sustainability managers from multinational companies in emerging and industrialised economies. It is intended to be an exclusive peer-to-peer learning platform, designed to bring together leading corporate sustainability managers from around the world to explore current sustainability challenges, identify opportunities, share knowledge and develop leading approaches to sustainability. The Retreat builds on the successful event held in Geneva from 12-14 March, 2013, which Incite also contributed to. (Photos of the Geneva Retreat are available on the conference Flickr page).
Retreat participants become part of the Emerging Market Multinationals Network for Sustainability, a network of leading sustainability practitioners from around the world. All tuition fees for the CSR Retreat Asia are covered by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Participants are responsible for covering their own accommodation and travel expenses.
Further details and the online application form are available on the Retreat website. Applications close on 10 November, 2013.
Members of the Zimbabwe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) met for a day-long summit on integrated and sustainability reporting in Harare on Friday 29 November.
The recent announcement that the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange would be reviewing its listing requirements, with the possible inclusion of sustainability and integrated reporting, added some urgency to the discussion.
Incite director Nicola Robins shared perspectives on the South African experience, and five fundamentals of <IR>, namely:
- It starts with explaining what drives your ability to create value (the business model)
- It recognises impacts on six capital stocks.
- It reflects on value creation over time.
- There is no simple checklist – execs must “apply their mind” as to what is material.
- Good <IR> begins in the business strategy process.
Speakers included Ian Jameson (the IIRC), Rodney Ndamba (Head of the Institute for Sustainability Africa) and roofing and piping company, Turnall Holdings.
Here’s our twitter stream from the event:
@ACCASustain conference in Harare, Zimbabwe. Good insights on how strategy and <IR> need to inform each other.
Rodney Ndamba (Head of Insaf) sharing perspectives on sustainability reporting in Zimbabwe at
@ACCASustain conference, Harare.
Ndamba (Insaf) at
@ACCASustain: Zimbabwe’s new code of corporate governance includes requirement for sustainability reporting.
Ndamba (Insaf) at
@ACCASustain: Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listing rules under review – likely to contain reference to <IR>.
Ndamba (Insaf) at
@ACCASustain: Corporate culture in Zimbabwe must look at their social impacts and potential opportunities
Incite, in partnership with the NBI, is launching the CDP South Africa 100 Climate Change Report 2013 at a function in Johannesburg on Thursday 28 November, 2013. The report reviews the climate change performance and disclosure of South Africa’s Top 100 listed companies. It provides a valuable overview of companies’ climate change strategy, governance, risk and opportunity management practices, as well as their greenhouse gas emissions and stated emissions reduction targets. The CDP JSE 100 report is the most complete repository of actions taken by South African companies in response to the business risk of climate change. Speaking at the launch is the South African Deputy Minister of Finance (Nhlanhla Nene), KMPG CEO (Moses Kgosana), Incite Director (Jonathon Hanks) and CDP Chief Operating Officer (Sue Howells).
Hosted by PwC at their Century City offices, Incite presented a two-hour exec coaching session on value creation in the integrated reporting process.
Attended by companies from the retail, financial and health sectors, the session shared best practice insights on analysing value creation and the business model.
The session covered:
WWF-SA has commissioned a number of research papers to enable better understanding of the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus in South Africa. As part of this research, they will be hosting stakeholder review and exchange sessions in Cape Town and Johannesburg with more than 50 companies from across the food value chain. Facilitated by Incite director Nicola Robins, delegates will be presented with initial insights into the research, with an opportunity to discuss and provide their input.
Jonathon is in Nairobi, Kenya, this week (30 Oct – 1 Nov) and Kampala, Uganda, next week (5-6 Nov) meeting with various public and private sector organisations from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The meetings form part of a GIZ-funded project aimed at promoting the uptake of social responsibility (SR) throughout the region. In these engagements with organisations across a range of sectors – including agribusiness, telecoms, academia, wildlife conservation, government and trade unions – Jonathon will be exploring the potential to promote the uptake of strategies for shared value, as well as examining the implications of the global governance shift to integrated reporting.
Jonathon has just arrived in autumnal Beirut, for a week meeting with leading Lebanese organisations – from business, government and civil society – to assist them to develop strategies that promote “shared value”: management responses that create organisational value by addressing societal challenges. The organisations include leading Lebanese companies from the banking, food processing, plastics, wine and packaging sectors, a government municipality, a school and a University faculty. The meetings form part of a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that aims to promote the uptake of social responsibility and ISO 26000 throughout the MENA region. During these and future engagements with these organisations, we will also be exploring opportunities to promote the uptake of strategic sustainability reports, as well as the implications of the global move towards integrated reporting.
Behind the Green Veil: Reflections on Sustainability will be launched at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) today.
Nicola shares some of Incite’s strategy thinking in a contribution entitled “Sustainability, innovation and conscious choice”. She takes an analytical look at the following questions:
- How are social (including environmental) trends reshaping the competitive playing field?
- What options do companies have in response?
- What do companies need to gain a competitive edge in this space?
- How can sustainability function as an innovation driver?
The course starts tomorrow in a chilly, wet London. More on the course here.
Why is Incite keen to explore the shared value link? Shared value focuses on three aspects that are fundamental to Incite’s approach:
- Competitive advantage
- Emerging markets
- Social issues (though not to the exclusion of environmental and governance issues).
Our experience with South African companies across a range of sectors has helped us to take forward three important elements of this work:
- Stating the social value proposition
- Measuring shared value performance
- Tracking competencies associated with shared value.
We’ll be sharing a South African retail case study on day three of the course.
But tonight, Nicola gets in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at London Bridge…