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Incite clients access thinking and insights from a global network of organisations that are committed to positive change.

Shared Value Initiative (SVI)
Global community of leaders who find business opportunities in addressing societal challenges

Incite became Africa’s first SVI affiliate in 2013, with Incite director Nicola Robins serving on the Global Affiliate Advisory Board from 2014-2016. We’ve engaged in knowledge exchange through online sessions with affiliates from across the globe, as well as in-person discussions with Mark Kramer and the SVI team at their offices in San Francisco.

BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Group
Network of 2,500 leaders driving positive change across the world

Incite director, Nicola, is a member of this network and engages in regional and global events. The network is aptly described as “a diverse, collaborative, and joyful community that drives positive change”. Global Forums bring together leaders from all over the world to discuss and develop solutions to complex questions of our time. How to stabilize fragile societies? How can societies find a way out of violent conflicts? How to foster social inclusion of marginalized parts of the population? Results and recommendations are shared with international decision-makers and the larger public.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Working to empower individuals and organisations to tackle critical global challenges

Incite directors Jonathon and Nicola have been contributing to the design and delivery of CISL’s executive and practitioner programmes in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, since CISL opened their Africa office in Cape Town in 2004. Our training and collaboration with CISL has inspired hundreds of African delegates to sustainability thinking and practice.

“Jonathon and Nicola share their deep experience and expertise on our programmes in a way that inspires and empowers delegates. They all leave with ideas and strategies to drive change in their organisations.”  Elspeth Donovan – South African Deputy Director, CISL

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Global standard-setting body composed of representatives from national standards organizations.

Jonathon’s long involvement with ISO dates back to 1993 as a South African delegate at the birth of the ISO 14000 series on environmental management. In 2005, he led the South African delegation to the ISO process developing ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility. During that five-year process, Jonathon was elected to lead the global multi-stakeholder negotiations on the text, securing consensus – from more than 450 experts, 95 countries and 45 global organisations – on the principles and guidance on such issues as organisational governance, human rights, fair labour practices, the environment and consumer rights. He subsequently assisted ISO DEVCO in promoting social responsibility in the MENA region and East Africa. He served as ISO’s representative on the international Corporate Reporting Dialogue, alongside organisations such as CDP, CDSB, GRI, IIRC and SASB.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Independent international organisation, pioneering sustainability reporting since 1997

Standardisation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics is a critical foundation for effective corporate disclosure and improved sustainability performance. Our relationship with the GRI has grown since Jonathon’s contribution to elements of the first GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines that were launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002. More recently, Jonathon was appointed to convene the GRI / IIRC Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting. He serves on the Advisory Group to the GRI Focal Point SA and has been a regulator contributor to GRI Conferences and panel discussions in Amsterdam and Johannesburg. Incite has undertaken various research projects for the GRI, including: assessing the impact of the GRI Framework on reporting and performance in South Africa (2013-2015); contributing to a report on big data and sustainability reporting (2017); evaluating the impact of supply chain reporting in South Africa (2017); and reviewing corporate accountability and action on SD1 on poverty (2018).

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
German government agency providing services in support of international development cooperation

GIZ operates a powerful network fostering development cooperation in Africa and across the globe. The Competence Center for Cooperation with the Private Sector (SA) applies particularly innovative approaches to driving positive impact. Incite worked with GIZ in developing and presenting Shared Value training (piloted in Berlin). Further engagement involved market analysis and stakeholder engagement to strengthen cooperation with the private sector in South Africa.

Uongozi Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development
Supporting African leaders in attaining sustainable development

Uongozi means leadership in Kiswahili; inspiring and strengthening leadership for sustainable development is the core purpose of this Tanzanian-based agency.  Incite has contributed to the African Leadership Forum, a dedicated space for frank discussion on the challenges facing Africa that is organised by the Office of the Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa in conjunction with the UONGOZI Institute.

International Integrated Reporting Council
Global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession, academia and NGOs

South Africa’s Integrated Reporting Committee published one of the first guidance papers on integrated reporting globally. Jonathon was a lead member of the drafting team of the IRC’s 2011 discussion paper, ‘Framework for Integrated Reporting and the Integrated Report’, and has served on the IRC working group since its inception in 2010. He continues to serve on related sub-groups and to represent the IRC Working Group in various public fora.

WWF South Africa
The world's leading independent conservation organisation

We have worked with WWF South Africa on various projects aimed at driving improved corporate performance.  In addition to advising the NGO on the initial establishment of their Sustainable Business unit, we recently assisted them in reviewing the feasibility and nature of potential collaborative initiatives within the South African food and retail sector, aimed at addressing some of the nutritional challenges associated with the South African food system.

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)
The global disclosure system enabling companies, cities and states to measure and manage their environmental impacts

In 2006, prompted by the low level of awareness and engagement on climate change issues in the South African investment community, Jonathon approached the CDP’s head office in London to bring this global initiative to South Africa. After engaging with the NBI to secure their role as the local institutional partners, Incite led the CDP’s launch in South Africa in 2007.  For the next eight years, we undertook the annual analysis of the JSE 100 Climate Change responses, and more recently also undertook the analysis for the CDP SA Water Program.