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Following COP26, stakeholders - companies, investors, civil society and regulators - are looking for guidance from leading academic and industry experts in navigating the shift towards a stakeholder-driven economy.  The aim is to achieve this through a revolution in the management of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors.  Attuned and proactive leadership is becoming critical at a time of global uncertainty and large-scale political and economic shifts. 

Henley Business School and Risk Insights are pleased to announce a co-operation in a joint ESG research project towards providing an in-depth analysis of the current situation in the implementation and adoption of ESG principles within listed companies across the African continent.

Risk Insights, as the creator of the AI-powered ESG GPS model, will provide expert knowledge on ESG in Africa and contribute quantitative data analysis capability using its ESG GPS rich database. Henley Business School, as both a leading global and African educational institution, will use its academic excellence in research to facilitate, quality assure and review the project while both parties aim to promote and disseminate their joint research findings.

The project aims to include examining sustainable practices, examining the mindset and approach of boards to ESG adoption, identifying the dilemmas, choices and constraints faced by executives and board members in discharging their ESG responsibilities. The research will also examine the current level of ESG adoption, integration and practices within various materiality factors across listed companies in Africa.

Henley Business School is a leading educational institution globally with a committed 30-year engagement in Africa. Henley Africa has been promoting positive change across the continent via its research programs and its education of African executives. Henley is the only business school in Africa with not only triple international accreditation from US, EU and UK quality assurance bodies, but also accreditation from the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) too.  Henley aims to provide much-required support to the private sector and to governments in navigating major social economic developments at the time of the fourth industrial revolution and the transformation of African economies.

Risk Insights is a data science boutique that has launched Africa’s first AI-powered ESG ratings, using its proprietary rating tool ESG GPS.  Consecutively in 2020 and 2021, Risk Insights was a winner of the World Economic Forum New Champions Award in Agile Governance and honored for Excellence in Sustainability.


Risk Insights – Mr. Andrey Bogdanov

Henley Business School – Professor Danie Petzer

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About Risk Insights

Risk Insights™ (RI) is a Data Science boutique with key focus on ESG.  RI launched the first on-continent AI-powered ESG rating tool - ESG GPS™ made by Africans for Africa.  ESG GPS™ ensures balanced application of global ESG standards to local realities.  All listed companies in major African Exchanges have been rated by ESG GPS™.   RI is a member of the World Economic Forum New Champions and founder of the World Economic Forum New Champions South Africa Chapter. It holds level 1 B-BBEE status. For your ESG GPS™ rating and more information about ESG in Africa, please refer

About Henley Business School

Henley Business School Africa is a leading global business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and Africa. It is the only business school in Africa to hold quadruple international accreditation. It holds level 1 B-BBEE status. It has the number 1 business school alumni network in the world for potential to network (Economist 2017); and is the number 1 African-accredited and -campused business school in the world for executive education (FT 2018, 2020), as well as the number 1 MBA business school in South Africa as rated by corporate SA (PMR 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021).  Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at