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Join us for this Masterclass to dive deeper into the social dimension and implications of ESG through an African lens. It seems that much focus has been given to the environmental and governance dimensions of ESG. The social one seems less understood, less easy to define, less easy to engage with. However, the social dimension of ESG is uniquely critical for Africa. It has to be framed within the continental context and reality in which ESG has to deliver social impact and value. Progress has been made towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa and the Africa Union Agenda 2063.

However, the continent is still facing major social systemic challenges which have to be considered and engaged within our ESG approach. From a social perspective, access to land, security, migration, lack of access to basic services, poverty, inequality, health, inclusivity, education, sustainable livelihoods, food security, lack of social cohesion, lack of individual agency, lack of inclusive economy, youth employment and digital inequalities are some of the key challenges framing the daily life of most people living in Africa. The social dimension is also interlinked with the governance and environmental dimensions. To achieve real change, it is essential to take a system thinking and long-term impact approach to understand and act on the deep-rooted systemic causes of the current situation. An integrated and transformative approach is needed. Social value and development are material for any business operating in Africa, and their sustainability.

It is therefore important that we spend time unpacking what the social dimension of ESG is all about, what are we talking about, who are we talking about, how is it linked to environmental and governance aspects, and explore the different ways to deliver real social value and impact in Africa. We will have an opportunity to reflect on our collective experience and lessons learned. Businesses can and should play a transformative role in solving the continent's biggest social challenges through their ESG approach. The masterclass is designed to be interactive, a collective learning and reflective experience. It is not just training, but rather a collective engagement process so we can develop a shared understanding of the social dimension of ESG and how we should drive our approach to deliver real value for Africa and its people

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Main Agenda

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome, expectations, setting intent and check-in

09:30 – 10:30 The Why, What, How and Who of the ‘S’ into ESG, including enquiry questions

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 11:45 Practical experience and learning from different case studies

11:45 – 12:15 Working group conversation – Enquiry questions about key themes related to the ‘S’ in ESG in an African context

12:15 – 12:30 Closure

Join us for this masterclass so we can develop our African ESG community of practice. This is our opportunity to ask ourselves the real questions, to challenge some of the assumptions and perspectives on the social dimensions and implications of ESG in Africa, to debate, to engage together so we can have a collective and common approach and shared narrative to ESG for the continent, to ensure that it delivers real social value and transformative impacts.


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