Our clients are some of the biggest, best-run and highest performing organisations, based or working in frontier and emerging markets. They share a common conviction that shared value offers a pathway to growth and competitiveness in their present or future marketplace.
- Companies: Anglo American, Deutsche Bank, Discovery, Engen, Impala Platinum, Investec, MMI Holdings, MTN, Pick n Pay, Sanlam, Sasol, Telecom Egypt, The Foschini Group, Vodacom
- Multinational organisations: GIZ, Global Reporting Initiative, ISO, ILO, UN Global Compact, UNCTAD, World Bank
- Nongovernmental organisations: National Business Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, WWF
Development finance: Linking sustainability to the business strategy
As a development finance institution, Land Bank’s business strategy clearly included social objectives. Yet many managers still regarded sustainability as a greening programme, with little to contribute to their core task of delivering finance to farmers.
- We engaged the sustainability team to workshop a detailed materiality analysis
- This was followed by a dialogue with the executive team, enabling them to develop a shared perspective on what sustainability meant for the bank
- Day-long training sessions for 50 senior managers used active dialogue, simulations and sector-relevant case studies to inspire and inform the functional area leadership
- Finally, based on feedback from delegates, we provided a review of the project and set of recommendations
- Senior Land Bank teams agreed that finance for farmers offered a clear shared value proposition in itself – and contributed a core aspect of their social value proposition
- How they provided this finance – and who it was directed to – would determine their ability to deliver social value at greater scale
- “Greening”, governance and managing human capital were seen as important enablers of this innovation process
- Overall delegate rating of the training intervention: 86%