“You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.” Nelson Mandela
PRETORIA – Nation Builder’s fifth annual In Good Company Conference, themed The Art of Business, will bring together business heavyweights and future-focused impact thinkers on 15 August, at the Atterbury Theatre, to explore the case of South African business as a force for good.
“The Art of Business will bring together both corporate and small-business leaders, across all industry sectors, to explore the context of South African business, how they are leveraging their impact to drive social change and in turn, create economic opportunities for our nation,” says Keri-Leigh Paschal, Executive Director of Nation Builder, and organiser of the annual social impact conference.
The programme for the conference includes artists, business leaders and future-focused impact thinkers who believe that business can find creative solutions to leverage its role as a catalyst for social change, while at the same time ensuring that generosity is approached in a way that doesn’t build walls.
“Today’s landscape for doing good business has changed significantly to care for people, communities and the planet. But closely related is when business redefines success as doing good at a profit, going beyond the odd charity day,” she says.
“The conversation around nation building is even more relevant this year as our country reflects over twenty-five years of democracy, which includes looking back at what works in the space of sustainable economic and social development, and what doesn’t, to the benefit of an entire nation and business community,” says Paschal.
“Nation Builder was borne out of a steadfast belief in the future of South Africa and in the powerful role that business has in effecting positive change. South Africans have a deeply entrenched desire to find solutions to poverty and inequality. This is why we see local businesses playing a significant role in building a nation of greater opportunity for all.”