Africa shared value

Date: May 29, 2020

Africa shared value leadership virtual summit

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the world and how we do business. Already companies across Africa have taken rapid and significant steps to initiate community emergency relief efforts. Simultaneously, the private sector has focused on business continuity – securing the supply of essential products; protecting workforces; and engaging customers. While relief efforts were largely socially driven, there is also one shared business motive – only through healthy, economically active communities can business ensure its own sustainability.

This philosophy is in line with the 2020 Shared Value Vision for Africa, namely that communities and business will reap the long-term benefits of pandemic-spawned opportunities for decades to come; with collaborative efforts spanning economic sectors and geographic borders becoming a way of doing business to the benefit of all on the continent.

This vision will also be front of mind for a network of purpose-led African business leaders, who will participate in the continent’s first ever virtual Shared Value event from 2-5 June. The physical event was originally scheduled to take place in Rwanda on 4-5 June 2020, and was to have been the fourth Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Titled Beyond Borders: 2020 Africa Shared Value Leadership eSummit, the virtual event continues the Shared Value conversation, albeit in the context of COVID-19 experiences. It provides an interactive platform for business leaders and practitioners to deliberate opportunities and innovations capable of fuelling Africa’s transformation and economic revival.

Guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, digital conversations will focus on challenges faced by business in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in particular how business has had to adapt and the economic recovery outlook for the region. Specifically, business leaders will discuss how, by focusing on “profit with purpose”, organisations can contribute to reducing inequality and building economic prosperity for all.

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