It has been confirmed that sustainability expert, voted one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders and one of the Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders, Dr Wayne Visser will be visiting South Africa in a professional capacity after working in London, UK for the last 10 years.
Wayne, who was born in Zimbabwe and spent some time living in South Africa, where he was the Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Cap Gemini, will be in South Africa from 18th February – 1st March 2013.
This visit has been made possible by The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), with them having him work with their 2013 MBA students.
“GIBS’ purpose is to significantly improve the competitive performance of individuals and organisations through business education”, and believes that brining the context of sustainability into their course curriculum will not only give their students a competitive advantage when entering the market place, but will also give them an opportunity to address the sustainability challenges faced by today’s business world.
In addition, Wayne will be working with various corporate and government clients in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as delivering keynotes sharing his latest work, including his latest book: THE QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: AN EPIC JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS.
In an article Wayne wrote entitled “Setting the Global Agenda for Ubuntu Capitalism”, Wayne notes the ground breaking, 1994 King Report on Corporate Governance (that marked the institutionalisation of corporate governance in South Africa), as being the first governance code in the world to stress the importance of wider stakeholder interests, beyond narrow shareholder demands. He also notes the significant role South Africa is playing in shaping a new agenda for capitalism through the value-based philosophy of Ubuntu, which is transforming corporate culture towards a more inclusive, integrity-based approach to business.
South Africa (and other parts of Africa), are faced with a great opportunity to leapfrog industrialised nations to create a fresh approach for a sustainable future.
“South Africa is a petri dish of experimentation on issues of business ethics, corporate governance and sustainability – in some cases leading, such as the integration of sustainability into corporate governance and in some cases lagging, such as the narrow focus on CSI (corporate social investment). I look forward sharing best practices from my travels to 60 countries around the world and exchanging lessons learned with professional colleagues in South Africa.” – Dr Wayne Visser.
Included in Wayne’s 17 books are some that have focused on Africa:
- Corporate Citizenship in Africa: Lessons from the Past; Paths to the Future
- Beyond Reasonable Greed: Why Sustainable Business is a Much Better Idea!
- South Africa: Reasons to Believe
- I Am An African: Favourite Africa Poems
For more information about Wayne’s availability in Cape Town and Johannesburg, contact his agent in South Africa: