Topic: Achieving environmental sustainability through corporate partnerships

Background

Collaboration is one of the keys to sustainability. In the pursuit of sustainable business practices, companies are increasingly recognizing the value of partnering with different stakeholders. Leaders from all sectors agree: solving environmental and social challenges requires cooperation, and no single organization can resolve these challenges alone.

Driven initially by regulatory control and fears of legal liability, many companies now recognize that proactive environmental management can also be good business, leading to more efficient, cost-effective, and profitable results. Businesses are constantly asked to do more to solve social and environmental problems.

In order to improve their business operations and financial well-being, many big brand companies are taking the sustainability challenge seriously and working to reduce their environmental impact while enhancing their reputations. In such circumstances, the best way for businesses to achieve environmental sustainability is to partner with entities like governments, local communities, investors, NGOs, and other companies. This panel will discuss the power of such partnerships in ensuring environmental sustainability. Panelists will explore ways of establishing or enhancing these partnerships in a mutually beneficial way. The discussion will also highlight related bottlenecks/barriers and consider how these can be overcome.

First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQML)

First Quantum Minerals is a Canadian-based mining and metals company whose principal activities include mineral exploration, development and mining. Its main product is copper, which accounts for 80% of revenues as of 2016.  First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is a global mining company producing copper and nickel, as well as gold and cobalt. Our growing portfolio of operations and projects spans four continents and employs around 20,000 people.  

Munali Nickel Mine-Mabiza Resources

Mabiza Resources Limited (“Mabiza”) wholly owned by Consolidated Nickel Mines PLC of the United Kingdom was registered in Zambia on 19th December 2013. The company is working on resuming operations at the Munali Nickel Mine (“Munali”) which was placed on care and maintenance in November 2011 due to several challenges including unsustainable low nickel metal prices on the world market. The Munali Nickel Mine is located in the Mazabuka District, 80kms south of Lusaka, Zambia and is accessed via newly sealed roads.

Trade Kings Group of Companies

Trade Kings Group is a wholly Zambian owned business, specialising in the creation and manufacture of innovative laundry and cleaning products, delicious sweets, confectionary, snacks, biscuits and reinventing both traditional and exciting new beverages.

For 25 years, Trade Kings Group has been creating innovative laundry and cleaning products, delicious sweets, confectionary, snacks, biscuits and reinventing both traditional and exciting new beverages. With Mr. Patel, our founder and group CEO, at the helm his values, vision and resolve have had a profound influence on the business and remains a source of inspiration for the Trade Kings Group, we know and love today.

Coca-Cola

We are the eighth largest Coca-Cola bottling partner worldwide by revenue and the biggest on the continent, accounting for about 40% of all Coca-Cola volumes sold in Africa. We employ more than 18,000 people and our 40 bottling plants service over 720,000 customer outlets.

ABSA Bank Zambia Plc

Absa Bank Zambia PLC is one of Zambia’s leading financial institutions offering an integrated set of products and services across Corporate and Investment Banking, Business Banking with solutions for SMEs, and Retail Banking. 

ZANACO Bank Plc.

Zambia National Commercial Bank, commonly known as Zanaco, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, serves retail customers, large corporations, agri-business and public sector clients.  The bank has evolved into a leading financial institution in Zambia. With the aid of Arise B.V., a leading African Investment Company, Zanaco benefits from technical assistance, international networks and best practices in various areas of banking

Moderator: Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ)

Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ) is an outstanding institution with its own unique identity and a proud distinct history in Zambia. CEJ is a non-governmental organization established in 2010 whose mandate is to create platforms and processes that promote environmental justice for most vulnerable people in society. Anchored on this mandate, CEJ fosters access to quality and accurate information on environmental protection, extractive industries, sustainable energy, climate change, water security and agriculture with the ultimate aim of enhancing accountability for better decision making and sustainable development as well as a support safe and adaptive environment as basic fundamental human rights to having a better and prosperous livelihood.