Our Thematic Focus
To ensure targeted impact, awareness, discourse and implementation of sustainability strategies and thinking, the Centre’s research, seminars and stakeholder engagement are strategically linked to the following thematic areas.
Corporate sustainability entails the approach and action of businesses towards sustainable development, sustainability strategy, shared value, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and corporate philanthropy. It also involves the designing, building, and operating of structural elements in ways that do not diminish the social, economic and ecological processes required to maintain human equity, diversity, and the functionality of natural systems.
LBSSC is committed to helping organisations understand their impact through sustainable business practices and sustainability initiatives. Therefore, we are assisting organisations by providing dialogue platforms and training. We also work with partners and relevant stakeholders on strategic policy advocacy and implementation in the area of skills development, education, water, nutrition, health and power.
Responsible Business and Leadership
Responsible businesses are principle and value-driven, demonstrating in addition to profit-making activities, consideration for employees, customers, suppliers and the wider society. We believe that leadership plays a key role in driving business in a responsible manner.
Africa is transforming, and the continent’s economic and industrial development should be channelled in a manner that ensures that businesses operate responsibly and contributes to the holistic vision of economic development, social and environmental development. Businesses in Africa are resilient notwithstanding the number of challenges encountered. They should also see themselves as responsible for, and to the society from which their businesses emerge, exist and thrive. Businesses are critical change agents, well-positioned to be at the helm of the transformation of Africa.
Social Entrepreneurship And Nonprofit Organisation Management
Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) contribute to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), wealth creation, employment and technological advancement. Social entrepreneurship entails recognizing social problems and achieving social change by employing entrepreneurial principles, processes and operations. The business approach of SMEs to social challenges and value creation is significant to the socio-economic development of nations, therefore, we support SMEs to ingrain sustainability.
Nonprofit and Civil Society Organisations also play a pivotal role in the advancement and development of societies and African nations in particular. To ensure the long-term impact of this sector, however, these organisations require effective management and responsible leadership.