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Investment for Inclusion Forum

6 March 2019 at 8:00am – 12:30pm

Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg, South Africa

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.

Speakers:

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?

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