“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 27, 2018, Abidjan: Bold, progressive African CEOs, policymakers, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs are stepping up to commit to a new way of doing business—one 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 OkonjoIweala, 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.
About The B Team
The B Team is a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
Founded in the belief that the private sector can, and must, redefine both its responsibilities and its own terms of success, The B Team is developing a new, sustainable model for business centered on concerted, positive action that will ensure business becomes a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.
The B Team was co-founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, and includes Leaders Oliver Bäte, Marc Benioff, Sharan Burrow, Kathy Calvin, Bob Collymore, David Crane, Christiana Figueres, Mats Granryd, Arianna Huffington, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Yolanda Kakabadse, Guilherme Leal, Andrew Liveris, Arif Naqvi, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, François-Henri Pinault, Paul Polman, Mary Robinson, Ratan Tata, Zhang Yue and Professor Muhammad Yunus
The B Team Africa includes
- Bob Collymore, The B Team Leader; CEO, Safaricom
- Dr. Mo Ibrahim, The B Team Leader; Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, The B Team Leader; Chair, GAVI; Senior Advisor, Lazard
- Jochen Zeitz, The B Team Co-Founder and Executive Chair; Founder, The Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety
- Dr. Amy Jadesimi, The B Team Africa Member; CEO of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL)
- Rita Kavashe, The B Team Africa Member; Managing Director, Isuzu East Africa
- Jesse Moore, The B Team Africa Member; CEO and Co-Founder, M-KOPA
- Joshua Oigara, The B Team Africa Member; Group CEO and Managing Director, KCB Group