What we do

Incite convenors and facilitators will create space for you to think and accelerate learning. Exchange is the lifeblood of transformation. It happens in formal courses and informal explorations, on-line and off-line, through conversations with stakeholders and critics. It requires interaction, insight and practice. Learning – from almost anywhere – awakens our passion. When we learn together, the future has already begun to emerge. Contact us for more information on courses, co-learning or insight-oriented stakeholder engagement.

Green Business Council of SA (GBCSA)
South African representative of a global non-profit promoting a sustainable built environment

More than 500 delegates attend the GBCSA’s annual Green Building Conventions.  Drawing on pre-industrial cultures, Nicola’s keynote talk at the 2016 Convention shared leadership skills of particular value in complex times. Leaders that demonstrate use of these subtle skills include Elon Musk, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and 26-year-old Asmaa Mahfouz, who helped inspire the 2011 uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. At the 2015 Convention, Jonathon gave an opening address and participated on an expert panel with former Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz, critically assessing the corporate response to societal challenges.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Supporting various UN agencies in driving improved corporate performance

Jonathon Hanks has served on various global forums and discussion groups with UNCTAD, UNEP and UNRISD aimed at  driving improved corporate performance and accountability. In partnership with UNCTAD and GIZ, he led the design and delivery of global CSR retreats in Geneva and Bangkok, as part of the Emerging Market Multinationals Network for Sustainability. He has also participated in academic engagements with UNRISD, and facilitated expert discussions in partnership with the Paris-based UNEP Industry and Environment Centre.

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

Jonathon’s 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 SA delegation in the development of the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility. During that five-year process, Jonathon was elected to lead the global multi-stakeholder negotiations, 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 Child Forum
Swedish non-profit foundation advancing children’s rights

Founded in 2009 by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Global Child Forum is a Swedish non-profit foundation established to advance children’s rights in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. One of the Forum’s main objectives is to work with business to create tangible initiatives and partnerships to advance children’s rights in their operations, supply chains and communities. Jonathon was appointed to moderate and facilitate the Global Child Forum’s business partnership conference held in Johannesburg in November 2016, hosted by Nedbank, together with the Global Compact Network South Africa and CRES (Corporate Responsibility to Eliminate the Sale of Children). The meeting was an important follow-up to the Global Child Forum on Southern Africa, which took place in Pretoria in September 2015 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs Graça Machel.

Leading Australian consultancy and think tank on responsible business

Since 2010 we have partnered with ACCSR to provide practitioner and executive training on sustainability and Shared Value. Jonathon has contributed to courses in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, introducing delegates to Incite’s Shared Value Innovator technique. In 2012, ACCSR founder Leeora Black presented a workshop on strategic stakeholder engagement in Cape Town, sharing new insights on social licence, relationship capital and complex networks. She also introduced us to Robert Boutilier, whose book Stakeholder Politics provides excellent insight on the complexity of stakeholder relations.

“Thank you for another outstanding workshop. You pulled together great minds to explore the issues we are working towards and provided useful tools with which to approach them.” Vanessa Calvert, Partnerships Manager, Plan International Australia

Ayala Corporation
Philippines’ largest company, with investments across multiple sectors in retail, education, real estate, banking, telecommunications, water infrastructure, renewable energy, information technology, automotive, healthcare and management

Incite’s relationship with the Ayala Corporation began with an invitation to address their executives and provide practitioner training in Shared Value in 2014. The organisation embraced the concept and an in-depth Shared Value Innovator process was presented the following year to the Ayala retail banking operation, BPI. A follow-up training process in 2016 saw further leading corporates, including Nestlé Philippines, tussling to share new insights through Shared Value Innovator. Later that year, chairman and CEO of the Ayala Corporation, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, addressed the annual Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York.

Diamond mining company, 50:50 co-owned by the Namibian government and De Beers

Using Incite’s Shared Value Innovator, teams of Namdeb managers competed to identify practical business initiatives that could deliver both social and financial value, at scale. Shared Value Innovator provides insight into 21 Shared Value archetypes – patterns of innovation known to create Shared Value – supported by more than 50 practical case studies. Incite has run training courses for NamDeb both on our own, and in partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Incite’s Shared Value Master Class
Executive and practitioner level training course on Shared Value

Incite’s master-class provides a rigorous, practical introduction to Shared Value. Formalised with the publication of Michael Porter and Mark Kramer’s 2011 Harvard Business Review article, Creating Shared Value, the theory and application have developed significantly since that time. Delegates reflect on fundamental concepts (business model, competitive advantage, stakeholder value) and review shared value case studies from across the world. Analytical skills are enhanced through insight into twenty-one Shared Value Archetypes, accelerating delegates’ ability to explore potential Shared Value opportunities within their own organisations.