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Welcome to Impact Pulse 2019!

We are expanding on last year's Pulse exercise, building and adding to this unique index of Sustainability for African Business. We’ve also expanded on our value offering to you this year by delivering a bespoke benchmark report of your own score as measured against that of your peers. You’ll now have more information at your fingertips and we’ll show you how to use it to make better decisions that affect your business, your staff, your clients, and all other stakeholders.

We released last year's results at the SuperReturn Africa Conference in Cape Town on 4-6 December 2017 - Africa's largest private equity and venture capital event.

Read the findings from the first edition of the survey.

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Kudos Impact Pulse


The KudosImpact Pulse is a short survey to find out what unlisted African businesses are doing to support a healthier planet and stronger societies.

We’ve selected 17 of the most important environmental and social issues for African businesses and ask how businesses are managing them. These have been flagged by international investors as top priorities. By completing this survey you will help us position Africa as a leading destination for responsible investors.

As a company, the results will show you how you perform in relation to your peers and give you insights for innovation.

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As an investor, you will find out how to increase returns through collaboration with companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.


In September 2015, the world agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Among other things, these goals address extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.

Achieving them is also good for business, which relies on a healthy environment, strong communities, and stable economies.

The KudosImpact Pulse tests how well African companies are already aligned with the SDGs by focusing on aspects we know also link to business success:

  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Health & Safety
  • Freedom of association
  • Human Rights
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Empowerment of women
  • Resource use
  • Energy use
  • Waste management
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Corruption
  • Community investment
  • Skills development
  • Water conservation

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supported by Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association - SAVCA - logo link
Pulse partner Mazars - logo link


KudosAfrica will only publish the results of this study in an aggregated and summarised way. Your company’s individual response will remain confidential.

Survey responses are stored in a secure, cloud-based database. Your contact information will not be shared with third parties.


For many businesses this may be the first time such questions will be explored and for others the responsible business journey may already be well entrenched. Better data will support practical decisions about the next best strategies for companies who want to improve.

Through the results generated from KudosImpact Pulse, we will share Africa-specific trends and highlight opportunities for innovation and business resilience in the coming months.


There is increasing evidence that supports the investor case for including environmental, social and governance (ESG) information in the investment decision-making process. In Private Equity deals in Africa, ESG is also a way for an investor to add value to investee companies.

According to the United Nation's supported Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI), “to ignore ESG factors is to ignore risks and opportunities that have a material effect on the returns delivered to clients and beneficiaries”. The KudosImpact Pulse will unlock the potential for better collaboration between investors and companies about value creation and positive impact on the continent.