WHO SHOULD DRIVE THE AGENDA?
Ini Onuk
‘This agenda of sustainability and corporate
responsibility is not only central to business strategy
but will increasingly...
PEOPLE AGENDA:
Developing, engaging and attracting employees
through real community and social projects
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AGENDA:
Businesses to maximize the impact
of engaging in society
THE AGENDA
The sustainability agenda begins with making a commitment to
incorporating social, environmental, economic and ...
THE PLAYERS
AGENDA 21
Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action
plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainab...
INVESTORS
 Calls for responsible approach to capitalism are growing, along with the
sense that a more sophisticated under...
THE STOCK EXCHANGES
These is significant scope for more stock exchanges to take the lead in
advancing sustainability by pr...
THE COMMUNITIES
It will be desirous to see more ‘local stakeholders’ (especially with
the level of sophistication and tech...
ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Academic institutions can participate in the following ways:
 Thought Leadership
 Research
 Findi...
BIG QUESTION
Who then should then should DRIVE
the agenda for innovation and
sustainability?
THE AGENDA MATRIX
PRIVATE SECTOR
NON-
GOVERNMENTAL
ORGANISATIONS
MULTI-LATERAL
ORGANISATIONS
BIG QUESTION
And what is the role of governments
of Africa in driving a sustainability
agenda?
BIG QUESTION
Do we need a common agenda or
should national governments
develop and implement peculiar
plans?
THE AFRICAN SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA
Private organizations (businesses and supporting organizations such
as consulting firms)...
THANK YOU
@inionuk
ini@thistlepraxisconsulting.com
www.inionuk.com
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Who Should Drive the Agenda for Innovative Leadership and Sustainability?-Mrs. Ini Onuk

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The presentation is from Mrs. Ini Onuk, Lead Consultant/CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting, from the just concluded African Round Table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CSR™), which held in Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Cross River State between 20 to 21 June, 2013. Organised by ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited

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Who Should Drive the Agenda for Innovative Leadership and Sustainability?-Mrs. Ini Onuk

  1. 1. WHO SHOULD DRIVE THE AGENDA? Ini Onuk
  2. 2. ‘This agenda of sustainability and corporate responsibility is not only central to business strategy but will increasingly become a critical driver of business growth....I believe that how well and how quickly businesses respond to this agenda will determine which companies succeed and which will fail.’ Patrick Cescau, CEO of Unilever WHAT EXACTLY IS THE AGENDA?
  3. 3. PEOPLE AGENDA: Developing, engaging and attracting employees through real community and social projects
  4. 4. SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AGENDA: Businesses to maximize the impact of engaging in society
  5. 5. THE AGENDA The sustainability agenda begins with making a commitment to incorporating social, environmental, economic and ethical factors into strategic decision-making. It extends to evaluating how these factors affect the society— including all of its stakeholders — and what risks and opportunities these factors present. Government/Business leaders who operate sustainably recognize that social, environmental, economic and ethical factors affect their core business strategies. These leaders evaluate the spectrum of sustainability issues and respond by mitigating risks and leveraging opportunities.
  6. 6. THE PLAYERS
  7. 7. AGENDA 21 Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The "21" in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st Century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences. GOVERNMENT
  8. 8. INVESTORS  Calls for responsible approach to capitalism are growing, along with the sense that a more sophisticated understanding of investment risk – one which takes longer-term sustainability issues into account – is urgently required. The financial crisis have highlighted the importance of companies having business strategies that are sustainable over both the short and the long-term.  There is a growing need to 'do more with less' in the context of population growth, climate change and resource availability, particularly with regards to pollution and the consumption of energy and water resources. Integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions is critical in supporting efforts to tackle the pressing issues of climate change, population growth, food security, community development and human rights.
  9. 9. THE STOCK EXCHANGES These is significant scope for more stock exchanges to take the lead in advancing sustainability by promoting a more systematic approach to integrated corporate reporting on ESG issues, applying ESG standards within IPO and ongoing listing rules, promoting the adaptation of global corporate governance codes, and by offering ESG-related trading and benchmarking products such as sustainability indices.
  10. 10. THE COMMUNITIES It will be desirous to see more ‘local stakeholders’ (especially with the level of sophistication and technology penetration) put more pressure on the various stakeholders to DEVELOP, PROMOTE, SUSTAIN or CHAMPION an agenda… Stakeholders are no longer POWERLESS, NAÏVE and DOCILE.
  11. 11. ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS Academic institutions can participate in the following ways:  Thought Leadership  Research  Finding case studies  Working as support institutions with organisations
  12. 12. BIG QUESTION Who then should then should DRIVE the agenda for innovation and sustainability?
  13. 13. THE AGENDA MATRIX PRIVATE SECTOR NON- GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS MULTI-LATERAL ORGANISATIONS
  14. 14. BIG QUESTION And what is the role of governments of Africa in driving a sustainability agenda?
  15. 15. BIG QUESTION Do we need a common agenda or should national governments develop and implement peculiar plans?
  16. 16. THE AFRICAN SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA Private organizations (businesses and supporting organizations such as consulting firms) must identify the opportunity, champion a commonly accepted yet continuously improving agenda and leverage on this to achieve the following: • Tangible impact • Improved bottom line • Sustainability of the society in which they operate
  17. 17. THANK YOU @inionuk ini@thistlepraxisconsulting.com www.inionuk.com

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