”How do we ensure Nigerian and African businesses develop in a sustainable way ensuring growth and a better quality of life for us today and at the same time protecting future generations’ ability to do the same?” This was the question posed at the start of the 2nd International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, which held at Lagos Business School today.
The experts, who spoke at the conference organised by the FirstBank Sustainability Centre of Lagos Business School, urged business leaders to embed sustainable business practices into corporate strategy.
In his address, the guest speaker, Sangu Delle – CEO, Golden Palm Investments Ghana/USA called for a re-think of our approach to business in Africa. He emphasised that business and ethics or profit and social good are not mutually exclusive. “Sustainability is common sense. It’s not a choice; it’s the only way” he said.
Panel discussions highlighting burning issues such as corporate governance, ethical enterprise, sustainability through Entrepreneurship and Innovation followed. The sessions were facilitated by Dr Kenneth Amaeshi, Director, Sustainable Business Initiative; Dr Ijeoma Nwagwu, First Bank Sustainability Centre Manager and Dr Chris Ogbechie, First Bank Sustainability Centre Director.
As providers of responsible management education, LBS will continue to provide platforms, for individuals and organisations, to interact and collaborate for a sustainable future.