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Purpose-driven partnerships for impact

Deloitte is a purpose-driven firm that is deliberate in the choices we make, the organisational culture we foster, the solutions we create, the initiatives we support, and importantly, the company we keep, as well as the partnerships we forge. We strive to deepen our social impact through strategic partnerships with organisations that share our commitment to making a positive contribution to society.

Business for South Africa (B4SA)
B4SA is an alliance of South African volunteers working with the government, social partners, as well as various stakeholders to mobilise business resources and capacity to manage the impact of the pandemic. As an advisor to the TERS (Temporary Employment Relief Scheme) workgroup through B4SA, we worked within the Nedlac Labour Committee structure, representing employers to negotiate terms for qualification and payment.

World Economic Forum
At the WEF’s Global Technology Governance Summit 2021, Deloitte U.S. Drone Services released its report, Medicine from the Sky: Opportunities and Lessons from Drones in Africa. The report explores the potential to use drones to help distribute vaccines in Africa, and other future medical applications. It also looks at how drones have been used historically in Africa and the opportunities to broaden those programmes with future applications to bring additional benefits.

During Davos 2021, Deloitte Africa’s publication formed a key part of the panel discussion Building Inclusive, Sustainable and Job-creating Growth in Africa. We have now embarked on a more ambitious project focusing on the opportunity for digital transformation to accelerate the post-pandemic recovery in the region.

Regional Action Group for Africa
Deloitte is part of the WEF’s new Regional Action Group for Africa, consisting of 50 chief executive officers, ministers and key organisations from the region that are longstanding partners of WEF in driving public-private cooperation for impact. The focus areas of the Regional Action Group for Africa’s contribution to Davos 2022 include;

  • Exploring the opportunity for digital solutions to transform the way we trade through border systems.
  • Attracting investment to create our own digital economy that can connect into global value chains.
  • Financing the energy transition that will allow the opportunity to connect the unconnected through alternative energy solutions, and meet the demands of Africa’s industrialisation aspiration.

Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR)
In collaboration with the WEF affiliate C4IR, Deloitte is in the early stages of supporting a cohort of small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) to use the Internet of Things (IOT) to improve their business operations and increase their competitiveness so that they can attract more business from regional value chains in the automotive sector. The work we are doing is driving an Africa-led transformation, both intellectually and practically, to cultivate a culture of innovation in the region.

Grindstone
Deloitte Digital extended its commitment to Grindstone, the structured entrepreneurship development programme jointly owned by Knife Capital and Thinkroom Consulting, that assists high-growth innovation-driven SMEs to become sustainable and fundable. Over the past year, two cohorts of 20 SMEs reported revenue growth of 71% and 25%, and a 41% and 24% increase in business fundamentals respectively. A total of 44 new jobs were created.

Deloitte Africa Health Equity Institute
Deloitte has established the Deloitte Africa Health Equity Institute which focuses on enhancing research, driving collaboration, and strengthening elements that can help support equitable healthcare on the continent.

Singularity University
Deloitte has a multi-year strategic alliance with Singularity University (SU), which is a unique interdisciplinary and international organisation whose mission is to educate, inspire and enable a new generation of leaders who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to transform their organisations and to address humanity’s grand challenges. The alliance forms part of Deloitte’s broader involvement in preparing organisations and leaders for the challenges and opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

 

Key Contact:

Sihlalo Jordan
Deputy Chief Executive
Deloitte Africa

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