Our sold-out Investment for Inclusion Forum saw some of South African’s foremost thought leaders on responsible investment engage with each other and a fantastic audience, about inequality and what each player in the investment value chain must do to build a more inclusive economy.
Inequality and poverty are significant threats to South Africa’s long-term sustainability and prosperity. The investment industry, which should be a source of innovation and jobs, and a driver of accountability, is not fulfilling its potential to make South African companies better corporate citizens. Changing this and shifting the focus away from short-term returns requires far more than sustainability reporting. Our Investment for Inclusion Form provided a platform for a bold and candid discussion about the challenges to responsible investment in South Africa, and how we can overcome them.
Nicky Newton-King – CEO, JSE Limited
Sipho Pityana – President, BUSA; Chairman, AngloGold Ashanti
Andrew Canter – Chief Investment Officer, Futuregrowth Asset Management
Wendy Luhabe – Economic Activist & Social Entrepreneur
Shainal Sukha – Managing Director, Sukha & Associates
Jon Duncan – Head of Responsible Investment, Old Mutual Investment Group
Theo Botha – Shareholder Activist
Asief Mohamed – Chief Investment Officer, Aeon Investment Management
Session 1: Challenges
Inequality, poverty and climate change pose severe threats to SA’s long-term prosperity. Why have integrated reporting and commitments to responsible investment not done more to drive better corporate behaviour that builds a more just and equal society?
Session 2: Doing things differently
What steps can we take to improve investment decision-making to better address social and environmental challenges? How can investors have a more positive impact on our country while still generating returns?