National conversation about ethics
The Think Tank has developed a high-profile national conversation about business ethics. This has been achieved via public forums featuring prominent and influential leaders.
Participants include: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Prof Thuli Madonsela, Trevor Manuel, Pravin Gordhan, Nhlanhla Nene, Mcebisi Jonas, Laurie Dippenaar, Zyda Rylands, Mark Lamberti, Reuel Khoza, Nicky Newton-King, Nonkululeko Nyembezi, Bobby Godsell, Mike Teke , Thandi Orleyn, Bonang Mohale, Mike Brown, Busisiwe Mavuso, Martin Kingston, Stephen Koseff, Andile Sangqu, Adrian Gore, Colin Coleman Sipho Pityana, Sabine Dall’Omo, Barry Swartzberg, Sizwe Nxasana, Michael Katz, Adrian Enthoven, Prof Adam Habib, Thandeka Gqubule, and Bishop Paul Verryn.
All forums have been oversubscribed and have attracted significant media coverage.
The Think Tank convenes and facilitates dialogue sessions between senior leaders from business and diverse societal stakeholders - government, trade unions, churches, NGOs, academia and media. These sessions tackle some of the toughest and most contentious issues facing SA, including corruption, poverty, inequality, land, racism and transformation. As well as generating important insights, these engagements build understanding and trust – an antidote to the dangerous polarisation in the country.
Research and writing
In collaboration with GIBS faculty as well as international academics, we research and write scholarly papers, white papers and case studies. Developing academic outputs is a strong and increasing area of focus for the Think Tank.
Advocacy and lecturing
Leveraging GIBS’ educational platform, the thought leadership generated by the Think Tank does not remain in an ivory tower. It is disseminated to current and future business leaders through courses which utilise innovative techniques and blend conceptual and experiential learning
We have built collaborative relationships with leading international scholars and institutions including Harvard Business School and Wharton. This has enabled us to access cutting-edge thinking and best practices, enriching our thought leadership. It is also to ensure that innovative work being done in South Africa travels beyond our borders and has a wider influence.