Through engaging with companies as an integral part of our investment processes (see Invest), as well as through the broader engagements described here, we seek to play our part in accelerating the transition to a more sustainable way of thinking and acting.
Investments involve risk; losses may be made.
Business has evolved to operate almost independently of society and the environment.
We have a role to play in transforming how business connects with society, which both depend on the natural world.
Our leadership team is engaged with global organisations committed to the advancement and implementation of sustainable development. Through our participation in groups like the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, the SDG Centre for Africa, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and PRI, our dialogue with international business, governments, labour representatives and civil society leaders aims to articulate the case for sustainable development.
This includes establishing policies and financing mechanisms that help businesses grow sustainably, create jobs and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We are also an active participant in African private markets industry associations, seeking to contribute to the wider debate around mobilising capital to address the continent’s needs.
Launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum, The Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development (BSDC) convened international business, labour and civil society leaders to highlight the massive potential rewards for businesses that take a lead on poverty reduction and sustainable development. As an appointed commissioner, Hendrik du Toit, founding CEO of Ninety One and now Joint CEO of the Investec Group, worked to articulate the economic case for companies to engage in achieving the UN SDGs.