The B Team Africa’s Agenda Announced at Africa CEO Forum 2018

03/23/2018
Bob Collymore_Press Release

“As forward-thinking business leaders, we are ready to take a positive stand not just for our communities and our nations, but for the continent. We are The B Team Africa, and together we can tackle the challenges of Africa’s present and future.”

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

March 26, 2018, Abidjan: Bold, progressive African CEOs, policymakers, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs are stepping up to commit to a new way of doing businessone which benefits people and the planet as well as profit. Together, they have formed a new leadership collective, The B Team Africa, and at the Africa CEO Forum they are calling on other purpose-driven leaders to join them.

The B Team Africa includes the leadership of: Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of GAVI, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder & Executive Chair of The B Team and Former CEO of PUMA, Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL Nigeria, Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, Rita Kavashe, Managing Director of Isuzu East Africa and Joshua Oigara, Group CEO & Managing Director of KCB Group.

The B Team Africa is a Pan-African platform to enable committed business and civil society leaders to work collectively in driving progress and addressing critical issues across the continent. The B Team Africa leaders are united in influencing and convening the private and public sector to drive long-term, inclusive, sustainable economic growth and social development for a prosperous Africa.

“It’s high time for business to recognise its role in making the world a better place,” said Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, “And nothing could be better than working with other business leaders across the continent to build a coalition that is working for exactly that aim.”

To achieve these goals, leaders are committed to work together and through current B Team initiatives. The B Team Africa’s ambitious work agenda includes, but is not limited to, open contracting, supply chain transparency, responsible tax practice, renewable and clean energy, environmental preservation, unlocking capital for value-add, green businesses and social enterprises, job creation, civic rights, gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

International non-profit organisation The B Team, co-founded by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz in 2012, established The B Team Africa in 2017 and continues to recruit Africa-based leaders to accelerate the shift toward a just and sustainable future for the continent and the world. The B Team’s mission and impact to date reflect the tremendous power of the private sector to catalyse new business opportunities and solutions to diverse global challenges.

The B Team Africa is one of a growing number of regional B Teams established to galvanize regional-based leaders to harness business-driven solutions and create collective impact. In this spirit, The B Team Africa calls upon other leaders in Africa and partners to join them to:

1) Use their collective voice and influence to amplify key issues and drive progress on timely, critical issues
2) Lead by example in their own companies, and engage in B Team initiatives in Africa
3) Collaborate with others to develop and scale systemic solutions that benefit current and future generations

For more information on The B Team, please visit www.bteam.org or reach out via the contact information below.

Contact
Press
To arrange an interview, please contact Tyler Zang via +1 678-358-6741 or tz@bteam.org (New York)

Regional Development
For programmatic, funding or recruitment inquiries, please contact Robert Karanja via +254 797 734449 or rk@bteam.org (Nairobi) or Nadia Khamis via +1 917 306 0434 or nk@bteam.org (New York).  For general inquiries Regional B Teams please contact Carina Larsfalten at cl@bteam.org (Geneva).

Press Conference Details
Please join us for a press conference where some of our B Team Africa Leaders will speak:
March 26, 2018, 16:30-17:15 – Sofitel Hotel, Abidjan, Salle Africa CEO Forum

Interviews available with B Team Africa members
Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL
Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar
Rita Kavashe, Managing Director of Isuzu East Africa
Joshua Oigara, CEO and Managing Director of KCB Group

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