Over the last two years Empanda has been working to redefine its value proposition so that we can support business in accelerating South African action to deliver the 2030 Agenda. We do this by being an active member of the United Nations Global Compact, for whom we do ongoing work that helps us to internalise and understand international best practices and case studies that can help us to support our clients in their steps through sustainable transformation.
Empanda has been working with the United Nations Global Compact at a global and national level in South Africa. This has given us insights into the approaches big companies are taking. We have designed simple and fun day-long experiences based on these insights to help other companies get started.
Planning to Deliver the 2030 Agenda
Empanda has designed a one day experience for accelerated prioritization of the Global Goals. The purpose of this workshop is to enable effective business leadership of your sustainability and transformation strategy. It is hard to get the attention of stakeholders focused in today’s busy world. This one day experience is designed to bring everyone together, and generate awareness of the opportunity to make a positive impact and inject direction quickly. The session builds ownership in your key players, creating insight into what your organisation can be doing to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, choosing the goals that are best supported by your ecosystem of values, operations and business model. This journey is in the process of becoming accredited as part of a National Strategy Management Qualification, and from March 2020 will count powerfully toward training spend.
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Virtue in an Evolving World
This is an experience designed for businesses that are concerned about the risk of corruption. We regularly see the huge negative impact for companies that are found wanting in our South Africa. When we analyse these case studies it is often the case the perpetrators of corrupt activities were not fully aware of their wrongdoing, or how to blow the whistle safely on colleagues. This journey builds a company specific, practical playbook into safe and ethical practice, designing specific scenarios and processes for your company in order to future proof against corruption. We use motivational theory to build a case for virtue, to create a powerful story for employees to operate as a force for the good, explaining the complex negative impact of corruption in a way that motivates for ethical ways of working. You emerge with a playbook and plan to futureproof your company.
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Sustainability Reporting & Advisory
Empanda provides advisory consulting on sustainable development policy, frameworks, strategy and planning. We are uniquely positioned to support alignment to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the 2030 Agenda because of the work that we have done with the UNGC eLearning Academy to internalise international best practice, and the exposure we have had to the case studies of South African companies that are leading the way. If you need support with developing a sustainability framework that is aligned to your core business in order to maximise your positive impact and ensure a principles based approach to business, then we would love to support you. If you would like to see a sample of our work check out the Voluntary National Review Report that we produced for the Global Compact Network of South Africa, which we are an active member of.
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2030 Storytelling & Animation
Empanda loves to take an activist approach to sharing the vision that businesses have for delivery of the 2030 Agenda and how to have a positive impact for people, and our planet. We are currently working on animated stories for 9 of South Africa’s biggest corporates. You can follow and see these stories on Global Compact Network South Africa’s website. If you would like to tell your organisation’s story you can join the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability initiative. This platform brings together companies that want to collaborate on sustainable transformation. Share what your organisation is doing to inspire others to join in and participate. Leave no one behind!
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Sustainability Training and eLearning
Empanda develops custom learning pathways and can develop training and engagement programmes. We have a learning management system that can host eLearning and develop an interactive learning pathway to create awareness, understanding and engagement in employees, partners and wider stakeholders. Currently we support the United Nations Global Compact Academy with eLearning modules. This means that we are continuously upskilling on the latest topics and the international common language that supports collective action to deliver the 2030 Agenda. We combine this content understanding with our deep skills in instructional design and change management to ensure engaging learning pathways that incorporate best practice neurological techniques and active learning that results in meaningful and intentional action.
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Our road toward a business model aligned to the 2030 Agenda began in 2016 when we joined the United Nations Global Compact. We did this because we felt an irrepressible moral imperative to do more to drive forward positive transformation.
Then, we were a very new and green organisation working in digital transformation, specialising in communication, change and training. We realised that we could bring our skills to bear more effectively beyond the fenceline of the projects that we were working on, helping businesses to lead their transformational agenda.
Empanda committed to respond to the United Nations 2030 Agenda call to action, which asks for ambitious and transformational action to deliver the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by maximising positive impact and minimising negative impact.
As an organisation, all our people got involved in prioritising the Global Goals and our approach to ensuring a principles-based approach to business. Our engagement committee leads this process. We seek to operate by example, so we link our B-BBEE action to our Global Goal priorities.
By 2019 we had grown to the extent that we were no longer micro-exempt. As a qualifying small enterprise, we are proud to have achieved a level 4 status.
Our certificate can be downloaded here.
We also take pride in reporting to the UNGC on an annual basis on our progress delivering the Global Goals.
Our Communication on Progress (COP), can be found here, as well as on the UNGC website.
We are always working to deepen our effectiveness as an organisation that is committed to sustainable transformation and we love to evolve and innovate.
If you have any ideas that you would like to share with us, reach out to our CEO and Founder, Christy Hunter Chapman.
She would love to hear from you.
This section of the page is here to provide general awareness about the 2030 Agenda, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the UNGC Ten Principles as well as other key mechanisms for sustainable transformation such as B-BBEE and the King IV governance principles and philosophy that govern ethical and effective business leadership. We hope that you find the information demystifying and helpful.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives the world a common set of 17 goals, supported by 169 targets that we can align around, enabling us to align, prioritise, drive, and track our progress. These Goals provide a powerful vision for improving our world. They motivate for ambitious and transformational action, and call for worldwide collaboration between governments, businesses, and civil society. The Global Goals reflect a shared objective and ambition across all countries: to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality of women and girls; and to ensure lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.The Global Goals are as follows:
For business to take meaningful action on the Goals, it is important to understand that each of the Global Goals is inherently and deeply interconnected. Action taken on one Goal can support or hinder the achievement of others. Identifying and addressing these interconnections helps the establishment of holistic and systemic solutions that amplify positive impact and mitigates the negative.
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with 13,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders across 170 countries with two objectives: “Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world” and “Catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals, such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Human RightsPrinciple 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
LabourPrinciple 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour; Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
EnvironmentPrinciple 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti-CorruptionPrinciple 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
The King IV Report on Corporate Governance 2016 is a set of voluntary principles drafted to apply to all organisations, regardless of their size or form of incorporation. The report articulates the benefits of good corporate governance and provides a philosophy and a set of principles to underpin ethical and effective business leadership.
The King IV report advocates for a sustainable development philosophy that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs’ as a primary ethical and economic imperative. It does this with the intention of inspiring businesses to be responsible corporate citizens that form an integral part of society, a corporate citizen, with stakeholder needs, interests and expectations.
View the King IV Report on Corporate Governance 2016 here
Please find below Sustainability Reports and Whitepapers that provide excellent insight into action being taken to deliver the 2030 Agenda.
Empanda is networking activists, organisations and contributors who want to drive forward ambitious and transformation action to deliver the 2030 Agenda. Join us, and participate!
If you would like a SHINE profile and to become part of a community of people working to deliver the 2030 Agenda then please do reach out. See the idea for an SDG Accelerator below for more information.
You are associated with an organisation that is contributing to the delivery of the Global Goals and you seek connections and partnerships.
You are an opportunity that can be contributed to.
You are looking for opportunities to get involved with the delivery of the 2030 Agenda and you are seeking the right initiative to add value to.
You are an agent of change, ready to work.
You have an initiative that businesses could fund, make a contribution to, or support with resources, if they prioritise the Global Goal you deliver against.
You want options to invest for maximum positive impact.