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Workshop for Business Leaders - Positive ESG Transitions: Sustainability Awareness to Leadership.

‘Sustainability thinking’ is opening up a whole new world of opportunities to make your company more resilient, efficient and successful.

As Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors occupy more time on board agendas, new and innovative solutions are being employed to solve old problems and uncover exciting opportunities. Don’t get left behind.

KudosAfrica has developed an informative and interactive workshop specifically designed to equip senior/middle managers in the private sector with a high-level, contextual understanding of ESG and Sustainability.

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Context and Purpose – what investors should look for in ESG Ratings

Responsible investing – the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions – has finally hit the mainstream.

This is thanks to initiatives like the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), regulatory drivers in a growing number of countries, the steady increase in sustainability indices, and the rise of the stakeholder – all fed by the new industry of ESG ratings.

According to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, in 2016, $22.9tr, or 26% of assets under professional management, were classified as “responsibly invested”, a growth of 25% on the 2014 figure. To try and understand this landscape, the GISR has compiled a database of 647 products provided by 155 organisations, which analyse data and produce reports, ratings and sustainability indices on the information disclosed by companies.

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Pension fund trustee education - RI Fundamentals workshop

Retirement fund trustees face considerable pressure in addressing their fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interest of the fund’s members.

Although it has been six years since Regulation 28 of the Pensions Fund Act was amended to support “the adoption of a responsible investment approach” that gives “appropriate consideration to any factor which may materially affect the sustainable long-term performance of a fund’s assets, including factors of an environmental, social and governance character”, the majority of trustees appear unclear about what responsible investment is and what this means for their fund.

This is reflected in the fact that only five South Africa retirement funds are signatories to the global Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the low number of pension funds that have endorsed the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA)

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Context and Purpose – what investors should look for in ESG Ratings

Responsible investing – the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions – has finally hit the mainstream. This is thanks to initiatives like the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), regulatory drivers in a growing number of countries, the steady increase in sustainability indices, and the rise of the stakeholder – all fed by the new industry of ESG ratings.

Companies are also capitalizing on the reputational value of publishing ESG information in annual reports and on websites. Reputation Dividend is starting to quantify reputation in economic terms as well as identify the drivers for that economic value.

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The 5 Minute Guide for CEOS

There is no one-size-fits-all approaches to sustainability. There isn’t even consensus on what sustainability means. The multitude of different terms, including corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship, green business, and corporate social investment, can confuse anyone.

But if you think it isn’t any of your business, you are wrong. The good news is we can fix that pretty quickly.

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Private Equity and Responsible Investing: Trends and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

There has been a steady growth of interest in investing in the sub-Saharan African region in the past decade. This is most clearly demonstrated in the private equity sector. The total value of private equity deals in the region spiked in 2014, while the number of deals and the number of exits both hit record levels in 2015.

This interest has persisted despite the significant dissipation of the “Africa Rising” optimism. In 2015, Africa-focused private equity funds raised over US$4.3bn – more than a quarter of the total raised in the five years between 2010 and 2015.

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Water is a business issue. Is your business at risk?

Water stewardship isn’t just the job of governments. Individuals, organisations and businesses have responsibilities in driving this important global agenda that affects us all.

There is a growing trend amongst investors and businesses to collaborate in this regard, to better understand the impacts water quantity and quality have on business operations and ultimately investments.

Much is being done to increase water efficiencies in business operations. However, there are many opportunities to do more, and the need is increasingly urgent.

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South Africa’s ratification of the Paris Agreement unlocks significant new funding opportunities

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding instrument that will further guide the process for universal action on climate change. It is also an important tool in mobilising finance, technological support and capacity building for developing countries to ensure their climate resilience.

For instance, advanced economies have pledged to mobilise USD 100 billion by 2020 to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Green Climate Change, established by 194 countries in 2010, has already raised more than USD 10 billion to fund low-emission and climate-resilient projects in developing countries.

Africa is a key focus in the roll-out of the Fund.

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Women in the workplace

At KudosAfrica, we are paying close attention to the growing evidence that suggests women add immense value to businesses, particularly at board level.

This growing base of evidence links having women on boards to better strategy and better financial performance.

Although these studies may vary on the extent to which women on boards drive corporate success, particularly in different national contexts, but there is enough to hold a solid case for the contribution women make to better decision making at a leadership level.

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