About 30% club Southern Africa
The 30% Club Southern Africa was launched in 2014 by Business Engage Association NPC, a non-profit organisation driving gender mainstreaming in private sector.
To support the achievement of a minimum of 30% Gender Balance at all senior decision-making tables across Southern Africa, including Boards and c-Suite.
Activate senior leaders
Engage chairs and CEOs to drive change and support organisations in their diversity & inclusion endeavours, with a specific focus on gender.
Influence those with power to drive change
Influence at a national level on diversity related topics and working complementary to other national initiatives including Balance for Better Business, the State Boards Diversity Initiative.
Enabling future women leaders
Support the development of talent pipeline through mentoring, executive education scholarships and board-ready initiatives
It is now four years since the JSE listed companies have been required to have a gender policy at board level. A number of years ago Deloitte published a report noting, paraphrasing, that on average it takes five years for an organisation to comply with legislation or regulation. We should therefore expect that the majority of the JSE companies would now be compliant to varying degrees and that the 30% target would be attainable in the next year or two.
If your organisation’s Chair, CEO or equivalent is interested in becoming a member, please contact Colleen Larsen on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
|Company||Member name||Job Title||Chapter membership|
|A T Kearney||Theo Sibiya||Managing Director, Africa||Southern Africa|
|Absa Group||Wendy Lucas-Bull||Chair||Southern Africa|
|Accenture||Ntombi Mhangwani||Interactive Experience Architect & Lead Women’s Forum||Southern Africa|
|AECI||Mark Dytor||CEO||Southern Africa|
|Anglo American||Nolitha Fakude Chairman||Chair||Southern Africa|
|AngloGold Ashanti||Maria Ramos||Chair||Southern Africa|
|Ascendis Health||Mark Sardi||CEO||Southern Africa|
|Aspen Holdings||Lorraine Hill, Group||Group Operating Officer||Southern Africa|
|Astron Energy||Thabiet Booley||CEO||Southern Africa|
|Aurex Constructors||Stuart Kent||Regional Executive||Southern Africa|
The 30% Club Southern Africa is run by a Steering Committee that is made up of senior men and women who volunteer their time and skills.
Senior HR Manager; Pfizer South Africa
Senior public Policy Director; Cisco
Deputy President, African Women Chartered Accountants
Managing Director; Newmella holdings
305 Club Southern Africa, KZN Chair
Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion; FNB and WesBank
Head Talent Management; Webber Wentzel
Diversity & Inclusion Lead; Vodacom
Business Manager; WDB Investment Holdings
30% Club Southern Africa hosts an annual calendar of events including BoardWalks and LeadersWalks.
An annual study of the opportunities for gender balancing the boards of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Basis of the Research
This research focuses on:
If the board of JSE listed companies are adopting a board gender policy and whether they are reporting on such policy in terms of the JSE listing requirement item 3.84i (previously 3.84k and renumbered with effect from 19 June 2017) which states;
“the board of directors or the nomination committee, as the case may be, must have a policy on the promotion of gender diversity at board level. The issuer must confirm this by reporting to shareholders in its annual report on how the board of directors or the nomination committee, as the case may be, have considered and applied the policy of gender diversity in the nomination and appointment of directors. If applicable, the board of directors or the nomination committee must further report progress in respect thereof on agreed voluntary targets.
It is now four years since the JSE listed companies have been required to have a gender policy at board level. A number of years ago Deloitte published a report noting, paraphrasing, that on average it takes five years for an organisation to comply with legislation or regulation. We should therefore expect that the majority of the JSE companies would now be compliant to varying degrees.
As stated in previous reports this research is in response to the often-asked questions;
This report has been compiled from information publicly available in the form of company Integrated Annual Reports for the previous reporting periods :
eNCA media recording 24 November 2022 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdwSCKpB3iQ
SABC news report : 24 November 2022 : https://youtu.be/VkVT2dLsVYI
A link to the report as at 24 November 2022 is https://www.businessengage.co.za/state-of-gender-on-jse-listed-boards/
Recording of the report launch event on 24 November 2022
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