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Joint ESG Research Project Between Henley Business School And Risk Insights: Announcement On The Progress

Following COP26, companies, investors, civil society, regulators, and other stakeholders are looking for guidance from leading academic and industry experts in navigating the shift towards a sustainable economy at the time of stakeholder capitalism and the 4th industrial revolution.   Attuned and proactive conscious leadership is critical at a time of global uncertainty and large-scale geopolitical and economic shifts and recalibration.  

Henley Business School, the only quadruple-accredited business school in Africa, and Risk Insights, creator of ESG GPS™, announces the achievement of the major milestone in the joint ESG research project on Adoption and Practice of Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in South African Listed Companies: A Board Perspective. Risk Insights and Henley Business school have successfully completed the literature review for this stage of the project and will embark on interviewing key board and C-suite members to participate and provide input on how ESG is being interpreted and integrated in strategy, operations and reporting in South African listed companies.

This milestone for South Africa continues to receive the input and co-operation of the Joint Steering and Research Committee members:

Prof Danie Petzer – Henley Business School

Prof Filipe Morais – Henley Business School

Mr Kuben Naidoo – South African Reserve Bank

Ms Jayne Mammatt – PwC

Ms Itumeleng Monale – Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Dr Melani Prinsloo – Henley Business School

Ms Shamima Vawda – Henley Business School

Dr Henriette Malherbe – Henley Business School 

Mr Andrey Bogdanov – Risk Insights

Dr Abuobayda Shabat – Risk Insights 

Dr Nkem Kumbah – University of Michigan

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 and the winner of Professional Services Award from the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) in 2021. 

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 quadruple international accreditation from US, EU. African and UK quality assurance bodies. 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.

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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 companies listed on 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. 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).

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Henley Business School United Kingdom was established place where strong beliefs meet bold ambition. The place that is always bringing business to life. We believe in standing out from the pack, thinking the unexpected and putting people first. We aspire to developing future-focused leaders who carve their own paths to pursue a better tomorrow.