Our Commitment to the 2030 Agenda

A Focus on Sustainability

We are committed to the 2030 Agenda for ambitious transformational change and have aligned our business model to make a direct contribution to the delivery of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

our commitment

What Action are We Taking?

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. 


We believe that business needs to take urgent and ambitious action within South Africa, and the wider world to deliver a prosperous future for ourselves, and for future generations.

Our 2030 Offering

Working with the United Nations Global Compact at a global and national level in South Africa 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. 

Workshop: 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.

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.

eLearning: Sustainability Training & eLearning

Empanda develops custom learning pathways and can develop training and engagement programmes.

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. 

2030 Visioning Stories

We partnered with the Global Compact Network South Africa to create a series of animations, in collaboration with some of the largest corporates in South Africa, to demonstrate the work they are doing to deliver the 2030 Agenda.

Help us Fight Corruption​

We worked with our Shining Panda interns to create stories that would motivate the people of South Africa to fight corruption, as part of our participation in the Daily Maverick Business Against Corruption event in 2019.


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.

In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all — laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet.  A key characteristic of the 2030 Agenda is that it recognises that business has a critical role to play in achieving the Global Goals. It gives a clear ‘call to action’ to all businesses to join governments, civil society and communities in realising the world that we want. Within this context Sustainable Development is defined as follows: 

  • People: We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
  • Planet: We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
  • Prosperity: We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
  • Peace: We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
  • Partnership: We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.

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)”.


You can find out more at the website: unglobalcompact.org | globalcompactsa.org.za

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, define a principles-based approach to doing business, which means doing business in a way that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Becoming a signatory of the UNGC commits a business to incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures to establish a culture of integrity, knowing that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. This is with the intention of upholding both basic responsibilities to people and the planet, and for setting the stage for long-term success. 

  • The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact are designed to help businesses to act responsibly while also making the biggest possible impact on delivery of the UN 2030 Agenda. One of the most significant contributions that a business can make to sustainable development is to make the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact an integral part of business strategy, day to day operations and organisational culture. Companies that participate in the UN Global Compact make a CEO-level commitment to embed these ten universal principles into all business operations and report annually on their progress.
  • The Ten Principles cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and are derived from key United Nations Declarations and Conventions, providing a common ethical and practical framework for corporate responsibility. There is significant benefit to companies that commit to, and report on the Ten Principles. They provide a universal language for corporate responsibility that is understood and interpreted by thousands of companies in more than 160 countries around the world, regardless of size, complexity, or location.
  • A principles-based company is about more than compliance. By embedding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, they are also setting the stage for long-term success.  The Ten Principles provide common ground for partners, a moral code for employees, an accountability measure, and ultimately are the foundation for building trust with all stakeholders, across the board.

Human Rights

Principle 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.


Principle 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.


Principle 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.


Principle 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

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE or B-BBEE) is a South African Government economic empowerment initiative that aims to overcome the legacy of inequality by distributing wealth across a broad spectrum of previously disadvantaged South Africans. B-BBEE is intended to bring about sustainable transformation and is a statutory requirement. Compliance and reporting on action to address the inequalities of the past is measured under the amended Code of Good Practice of 2015 which consists of the following 5 elements:

  • Ownership
  • Management control
  • Skills Development
  • Enterprise and Supplier Development
  • Socio-economic development

Our Commitment to 2030

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.

Our Priority SDGs


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. 

on Progress

We also take pride in reporting to the UNGC on an annual basis on our progress delivering the Global Goals.


Sharing Ideas

We are always working to deepen our effectiveness as an organisation that is committed to sustainable transformation and we love to evolve and innovate. 

Contact Us

+27 (0) 21 110 5830​
3 Westerdale Road, Cape Farms
Western Cape, South Africa​
MON-FRI 08:00 - 17:00​

© 2020 Empanda (Pty) Ltd​

Service Offering

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. 

This service is perfect for you if:

Service Offering

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.

This service is perfect for you if:

Service Offering

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! 

This service is perfect for you if:

Service Offering

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. 

This service is perfect for you if: