The Good Governance Academy (NPC) develops conscious leaders who pursue value creation and development of healthy, purpose driven organisations within the context of inclusive capitalism and sustainable development in all three dimensions of economy, society and the environment.
We are transient caretakers of this planet and have a moral duty to leave it in a state that will not further prejudice the interests of those who come after us. Humanity has the right to life – a right to clean water, clean air and arable land.
To collaborate with local and international institutions on the content of teaching and promoting:
Mindful outcomes based governance as embodied in King IV
Conscious corporate leadership
Value creation in a sustainable manner
Integrated thinking and integrated reporting
At the heart of good corporate governance is the establishment of a unifying sense of greater purpose, accountability and transparency. Healthy organisations of the future have to embed sound governance practices in their operating models considering principles of sustainable development in economy, society and environment.
The Academy will drive a collaborative effort with local and international business schools, institutions and universities to develop corporate leaders who will learn that business is at the junction of the three critical dimensions for sustainable development – the economy, society and the environment.
The Academy is managed by Wits Business School (WBS). WBS is the graduate school of business administration of the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa. The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. The School’s aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values-bar on how business is done on the continent.
Nearly everything we have in our lives comes from an organisation. It might be a company, a government department, or a social organisation. We may receive goods, services or information from these organisations. It should be built on foundations of intellectual honesty,
transparency, accountability and trust driven by leaders. But organisations are not people, they are artificial, inanimate legal entities with no conscience. They take their ethical character and reputation from their leaders. Directors and senior managers are the heart, mind, soul and conscience of an organisation. The focus of corporate leaders should be in the best interests of the long term health of an organisationGood managers, executives and directors have to be people who have crossed the self-river, leaving behind self-interest and concern into the area of intellectual honesty and act in the best long term interests of the health of an organisation. Just as a tree draws nourishment from its roots to flourish and bear fruit, so too an organisation draws its moral compass from its leaders.The purpose of corporate leaders must be value creation in a sustainable manner because humanity will not survive the 21st century being another one of unsustainable development.