THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONUNDRUM

What is sustainable development? I have been working in this space for over 15 years so you would think that I would know. Trusty Google often uses this UN explanation – “sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations”. Sounds...


‘DO NO HARM’ IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX WORLD

The phrase ‘do no harm’ is most commonly associated with medicine but is just as important a principle in the social sector. In the mining sector, companies are required to undertake comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) when seeking government approval to undertake a new mining...


SOWING THE SEED OF PURPOSE

It is week eight for me as the CEO of Business for Development, following on from Mark Ingram, both Founder and CEO for over ten years. Thank you Mark, for your leadership in creating Business for Development (B4D). You and the founding partners of B4D had the foresight that if we are really going...


BUSINESS FOR DEVELOPMENT NAMES KAREN JAMES CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Karen James appointed Chief Executive Officer; Mark Ingram steps down as Chief Executive Officer. Business for Development (B4D) is pleased to announce that its board of directors has appointed Karen James as Chief Executive Officer. This leadership appointment is effective 14 January 2019 and...


INFORMATION IS POWER… SO HOW DO WE USE IT FOR GOOD?

“Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge” – Plato. Perhaps this explains why we as humans are so hungry for information. With the prevalence of internet connectivity and social media, you could in fact argue that we live in an age of information overload....


HOW MINING COMPANIES ACHIEVE SHARED VALUE THROUGH INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE AGRIBUSINESS

Most mining companies have three central concerns when running a site: safety, volume and costs. However,  it is widely recognised that without a Social Licence to Operate all three of elements are at risk. Without successful community engagement a company can face increased operating costs,...


A TRUE CIRCULAR ECONOMY NEEDS TO BE INCLUSIVE

I am always interested to read articles on the need to grow more food to feed our growing populations, and the big question of how to feed the future. It is predicted that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people living on earth. That is a lot of mouths to feed. As a result, there is an increasing...


WORKING WITH HARMONY

Business for Development is designing a coffee pilot for Harmony Gold’s Hidden Valley mine impacted communities in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The pilot is set to begin mid-2018 and will have a whole of supply chain focus, working to boost production, improve market access and...


THE PROBLEM WITH DATA IN DEVELOPMENT

With the prevalence of mobile phones, interconnected devices, WiFi availability, GPS, etc., we now have access to more data than ever before. Not only is data experiencing an exponential pace of growth, it’s become easier than ever for companies – from large corporates to sole traders – to...


FAREWELL MR FAULMANN

David Faulmann has been working at Business for Development since it opened its doors in 2007. Ten years ago, a fresh-faced fledgeling undergrad was looking for an internship opportunity and came across Business for Poverty Relief Alliance. In the years that followed, the Business for Poverty...