The Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation Breakfast Dialogue is a convergence of various Public, Private, and Social Sector leaders to have insightful conversations on global social issues with the aim of exploring solutions that will propel social transformation, and create impact in communities.
Since inception, ACT Breakfast Dialogue has provided a multi-stakeholder platform to build relationships and leverage on core knowledge, skills and assets to scale development efforts across the African continent.
Registration for Breakfast Dialogue 2023 is open! The ACT Foundation Breakfast dialogue is an annual event focused on creating discussions that are necessary to develop transformative strategies and perspectives on maximizing the social development potentials of various organizations.
The 2023 edition of the Breakfast Dialogue is themed
“Advancing Sustainable Development in Africa: The Role of Environmental, Social, and Governance Strategies in Creating Impact”
Africa's development is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the continent faces various complex and multifaceted challenges requiring attention and effort from governments, the private sector, civil society, and development partners to ensure that progress is sustained. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns are becoming increasingly important globally.
ESG practices are gaining traction in Africa, with many companies and investors recognizing the importance of sustainability and ethical considerations in their operations. Some African countries have also implemented policies and regulations to promote ESG practices, however, there are still challenges to the widespread adoption of ESG practices in Africa, such as limited awareness and understanding of ESG issues, lack of data and reporting standards, and limited access to financing for sustainable projects.
Cluster Director, WEST AFRICA, MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
Look back at some of the best moments from Breakfast Dialogue 2022. The event brought together development enthusiasts and industry leaders working to create positive change across Africa.
ESG has emerged as a powerful framework that not only addresses environmental and social issues but also encompasses governance practices that ensure transparency, accountability, and ethical decision-making. It has gained significant momentum, transforming the way businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises operate. ESG principles have transitioned from being a buzzword to a fundamental driver of strategic decision-making, stakeholder engagement, and long-term sustainability. The rising tide of ESG presents both exciting opportunities and unique challenges for organizations seeking to create positive change while managing their impact on the world.
This panel discussion brings together experts with diverse perspectives from various sectors, who will share their insights, experiences, and knowledge to shed light on the opportunities that arise from embracing ESG principles, as well as the challenges that organizations encounter along this transformative journey.
Responsible Business Executive at Accenture, Johannesburg, South Africa
CEO, Natural Eco Capital.
Professor of Sustainable Finance, European University Institute, Italy
Sustainability, Social Impact and ESG Professional (LAWMA).
Group Head, Sustainability and Strategy, FMDQ Group
Unit Head, Sustainability, Access bank
While ESG is often associated with for-profit companies, it is also relevant to non-profit organizations. Non-profits need to ensure their own long-term sustainability to continue making an impact. By considering ESG factors, they can maximize their impact by addressing environmental challenges, promoting social well-being, and adopting ethical governance practices.
General Manager, Sustainability Nigeria & Pan Africa, Dangote Cement
Non-profits are driven by a mission to create positive social and environmental impact. Integrating ESG into their operations helps ensure alignment between their values and actions, reinforcing their commitment to their mission. By adopting ESG sustainability principles, non-profits can enhance their overall performance, transparency, and accountability. This can help them attract funding, gain public trust, and demonstrate their commitment to creating a positive impact on the environment and society. Non-profits can also leverage ESG frameworks to measure and report their progress in achieving their mission and objectives, which can be valuable for stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, and regulatory bodies.
Assistant Director, ESG Services, KPMG
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