VP Suluhu to open first African sustainable business summit

11Apr 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
VP Suluhu to open first African sustainable business summit

VICE President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on Thursday expected to officiate the first African Sustainable Business (ASB) Summit in Dar es Salaam

VICE President Samia Suluhu

According to a statement issued over the weekend by ASB Chief Executive Officer, Raymond Mubayiwa said preparations for the two-day summit are finalised and the country’s private sector is urged to register for the event.

“Tanzania’s private sector is encouraged to participate at this week’s first African Sustainable Business Summit that will be held on Thursday and Friday by registering on the Summit website,” he said.

He also said the UN Resident Coordinator Alvaro Rodriguez will be the keynote speaker at the Summit and Godfrey Simbeye, the Executive Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) will be among the key speakers at the summit.

“The Summit will give participants a deeper understanding of business opportunities available in the implementation of the SDGs and how to utilize them,” he added.

“The private sector is not only expected to dish out money but they should engage the communities in which they operate, and in so doing enhance the realisation of the SDGs,” he said.

Themed: ‘17 Sustainable Development Goals, 17 Sustainable Business Opportunities” the two-day summit will involve the business community including corporate CEOs and top management, CSR managers, non-governmental organisations and senior government officials.

At the Summit, the private sector will be under the stewardship of the TPSF. It will be represented by a multi-sector delegation, including the financial sector, mobile communications and renewable energy industries.

Other summit partners include the Tanzania Green Building Council (TZGBC) and UN Global Compact, the World’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

After the Summit, the ASB, a Tanzanian private sector initiative aimed at promoting sustainable businesses in Tanzania and other African countries, will undertake follow-ups, liaison and coordinate the implementation of identified opportunities.

ASB business development manager Alinda Henry said: “The Summit presents a rare opportunity to re-define the role of business in society. We will convene thought leaders and proven sustainable businesses to collaborate, network, and be inspired by practical case studies from the field.”

The Summit will be preceded by Pre-Summit Master Classes given the need to strengthen the conceptual understanding of Sustainable Business and how to develop a sustainability strategy with the SDGs in mind

To achieve this, the summit will feature two half day Pre-Summit Master Classes in which delegates will be introduced to the frameworks and ideas central to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Case studies and practical examples will be used to provide participants with an understanding of CSR basics, and introduce the first steps for organisations wanting to start looking and engaging with social and environmental issues.