Simply put, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability practice in Africa is still emerging, and yet to attain mainstream relevance. Hence, fostering a platform for individuals, corporations and civil society groups to discuss Africa’s scorecard on CSR, Sustainability and Sustainable Development is a fundamental objective. The AR-CSR™ remains the most comprehensive management event of the year where leaders from a variety of sectors gather to share expertise and experiences on an array of management topics.
How can industry professionals engage one another on emerging trends and common objectives of fostering sustainable development in Africa? The AR-CSR™ provides an opportunity for professional networking with businesses around the continent. It is increasingly important for organizations to learn how others are leveraging CSR initiatives and programmes for today’s competitive edge. As a result, the AR-CSR™ strives to provide meeting agendas that make room for ample opportunity for networking during our receptions, meals, breaks and informative sessions and the opportunity to market brand and CSR initiatives through the Sustainable Solutions Showcase (SSS). Again, the quality of resource persons on array and participants each time are invaluable for networking and experience sharing in addition to the opportunity to talk directly with our world-class presenters and speakers in an intimate and serene atmosphere.
In the same vein, harmonizing results, their impacts and communicating to a crop of the continent’s leading minds and stakeholders in order to enhance organisational strategy and also glean additional perspectives to pursue strategic objectives; is an aspect of the AR-CSR™ that has been designed for clear-cut leverage.
We continue to encourage organizations to bring their ideas and projects to the discourse and gather invaluable feedback from peers in other leading CSR Programs. Consequently, the underlying objective of the AR-CSR™ is to drive the Sustainable Development Agenda of organisations, economies and the African Continent – in that order.
This informs the need to ensure that this initiative is not just a talk shop.
The conveners and interested partner organisations intend to assess the impact, reporting influences and awareness of sustainable interventions across the continent. The need to understand how corporate initiatives affect the organization’s bottom-line is always clearly emphasized at the AR-CSR™ which underscores the need to decipher and document how investments count toward fulfilling long-term commitments to stakeholders.
The AR-CSR™ Schedule parades a unique mix of interesting events, unforgettable visits and memorable experiences to ensure a worthwhile weekend. Only one experience will keep you coming back for more....insight, learning and fun!
Day 1 11 hours
08:00 am - 09:00 pm - November 19, 2015
8.00am – 9.00am- Registration
9.00am – 10.30am- Welcome, Introductions & Overview of program
Lead Discussant’s Remarks
Chief Host Message
CEO ROUNDTABLE 1
10:30am–11.55pm - Panel 1: Corporate Governance & Sustainability: Perspectives from the Board Room
Photographs speak much louder than we can affirm...enjoy our selection of photographs from past editions.
5 Years of clarifying African Sustainability
In 2011, discussing the theme ‘The Business Case for CSR and its impact on African Economies’ H.E. Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland & President, Mary Robinson Foundation was the Keynote Speaker. She set a sound foundation for the AR-CSR™, challenged the convener and inspired participants with her simple, yet memorable address. Prof. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chaired Professor on Ethics and Corporate Responsibility was the Lead Discussant amongst other leading experts across the continent and beyond.
‘Sustainable Development: Expanding Economic Opportunities through Public-Private Synergy’ was the theme for the 2012 edition which hosted Dr. Gro Brundtland, Two-time, First & Only Female Prime Minister of Norway, Former Director General, World Health Organisation, Chairman, UN World Commission on the Environment and Development (aka Brundtland Commission) & UN Special Envoy on Climate Change participated as the Keynote Speaker.Graham Sinclair, President, Africa Sustainable Investment Forum and Principal, SinCo was the Lead Discussant.
The 2013 Keynote Address on the theme, ‘Driving Innovation through Transformational Leadership & Sustainability’ was delivered by Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & CEO, Mara Group of Companies, while Monaem Ben Lellahom, Founder/Head of Advisory Services Sustainable Square Consultancy & Think Tank was the Lead Discussant.
Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the Africa Development Bank Group (AfDB) was the Keynote Speaker in 2014 and he discussed ‘The Intersection: Financial Inclusion, Economic Sustainability & Social Benefit’. Brian Kuwik, Senior Vice President/Regional Head for Africa, Accion International, was the Lead Discussant.
Download AR-CSR™ 2014 Report here.
HE Mary Robinson - Former Prime Minister, Ireland
Dr. Gro Brundtland - Former Prime Minister for Norway
Mr. Ashish J. Thakkar - President/CEO, Mara Group of Companies
Dr. Donald Kaberuka - President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Prof. Mervyn King - Chair, King Committee on Corporate Governance
A few things stand the AR-CSR™ out: the quality of Keynote speakers, Session Chairs, Moderators, Speakers and participants, whose attendance and contributions make all the difference in setting the agenda for CSR and Sustainability for the continent every year. Corresponding opinions, experiences and discussions which make the experience invaluable both for corporate strategy and policy resource, have in a short time carved a niche and made this an important event in the African Business Calendar.
At the 2015 edition of the AR-CSR™, the fifth in series, leading experts from the all sectors will engage in discussions and share best practices across the continent on this topic and other sub-themes such as: Organizational culture, Processes and Systems, External engagement and Supply chain compliance, Shareholder and Stakeholder interests and expectations amongst other related themes and issues.
4 Conference Sessions
Sustainable Solutions Showcase
Executive Master Class
Convention Center, Eko Hotel & Suites Limited.
Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, PMB 12724, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria