USB's Daniel Malan attended UN Private Sector Forum in New
At the recent launch of the new Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the
United Nations Private Sector Forum 2015, which focused on the
role of the private sector in implementing the SDGs. Speakers
included Angela Merkel (German Chancellor), Mark Zuckerberg
(Facebook CEO) and Bono (lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE).
The invitation-only event was attended by some 350
representatives from the private sector, public sector and civil
society. USB was represented by Daniel Malan, Director: Centre for
Corporate Governance in Africa and member of the UN Principles for
Responsible Management Education's Anti-Corruption Working Group.
He was asked to be a rapporteur at a small-group discussion
on anti-corruption. According to Malan, it was a privilege to
attend this historic gathering: "The SDGs have been criticised for
over-complicating the sustainable development agenda, and with 17
goals and 169 targets many companies will agree. However, the
challenge for companies will be to identify those goals that are
relevant in a particular context, and to partner with the public
sector and civil society to make a difference at the local level."
He was also encouraged by the acknowledgement of the importance of
management education to advance the SDGs: "The head of PRME, Jonas
Haertle, convened a meeting of the PRME schools who were present at
the event, and USB has been invited to participate in these
discussions moving forward. At the same time we will continue our
involvement with the Anti-Corruption Working Group."
Meet new research analyst at Centre
Ms Khanya Mncwabe has joined the Centre for Corporate Governance
in Africa as a research analyst. Ms Mncwabe will work with the
Centre from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016, where she will
support the World Economic Forum's New Social Covenant project. She
joins the Centre from the Business & Human Rights Resource
Centre, where she was a researcher and representative for
Anglophone Southern and Western Africa.
New report launched: Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey
USB's Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa has compiled a
report titled Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey 2014. The report
covers ethical and compliance risks faced by South African
companies with operations in SADC countries. This research, which
was based on responses from 26 JSE-listed companies, was sponsored
by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Siemens, Commerzbank and EY.
Click here for full report.
Launch of new platform for the accounting community:
During the GRI Regional Conference in Johannesburg the week of
11 May, the University of Stellenbosch Business School's Centre for
Corporate Governance in South Africa co-launched an international
knowledge platform to bridge the gap between the sustainability
accounting and financial accounting professions. Materialitytracker
shows how the professions define "value" and "materiality", adding
best practice examples of global industry leaders. It compares the
requirements of among others the Global Reporting Initiative,
International Integrated Reporting Council and International
Accounting Standards Board for determining materiality. It also
considers what financial and sustainability thresholds can best be
applied to address issues such as climate change. At the GRI
Conference, the Centre's senior research fellow Cornis van der Lugt
introduced the platform while presenting a Master Class on
Materiality to business participants from Africa and beyond. For
more, see: www.materialitytracker.net.
USB's Daniel Malan appointed as a consultant to the WEF
Daniel Malan, senior lecturer and director of the Centre for
Corporate Governance in Africa at USB, has been appointed as a
consultant to the World Economic Forum (WEF). He will focus
specifically on the WEF's New Social Covenant project. According to
Malan, the World Economic Forum's work provides a global
perspective on the value of values in a business environment. He
has also been a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Values
since 2011. Malan is currently completing his PhD titled
Integrative Social Contracts Theory and the United Nations
Global Compact: A South African Perspective.
USB issues PRME report on responsible management
USB is one of the first 100 signatories of the UN's Principles
for Responsible Management Education (PRME) promoting corporate
responsibility and sustainability in business education.
Click here for USB's 2014 PRME Sharing Information on
Perspectives on the meaning of "integration"
As many South African corporates
experiment with integrated reporting, it is evident that real
"integration" is still hard to find. Dr CT van der Lugt, Senior
Research Fellow at the Centre, has published a new analysis on the
meanings of "integration" as seen from examples of corporate
disclosure world-wide. This follows the Reporting 3.0 Conference
held in Berlin, 6-7 October, where he represented the Centre. His
analysis highlights, among others, the critical need to align
sustainability accounting and financial accounting systems.
Daniel Malan presents paper at Wharton School, USA
On 18 October 2014, USB's Daniel Malan presented a paper -
Contracts, Compacts and Covenants: Integrative Social Contracts
Theory, the United Nations Global Compact and the World Economic
Forum's New Social Covenant - at a conference at The Wharton
School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. The theme of the
conference was Normative business ethics in a global economy: New
directions in Donaldsonian themes.
CLICK HERE to read Daniel Malan's presentation.
The Centre is chaired by Prof Bob Garratt, professor
extraordinaire in Corporate Governance at the USB and it is headed
by Daniel Malan, senior lecturer in Ethics and Governance at the