On March 27, 2018 in Abidjan, bold, progressive African CEOs, policymakers, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs stepped up to commit to a new way of doing business—one which benefits people and the planet as well as profit. Together, they formed a new leadership collective, The B Team Africa, and at the Africa CEO Forum they called on other purpose-driven leaders to join them.
“As forward-thinking business leaders, we are ready to take a positive stand not just for our communities and our nations, but for the continent. We are The B Team Africa, and together we can tackle the challenges of Africa’s present and future.” Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom
The B Team Africa includes the leadership of: Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of GAVI, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder & Executive Chair of The B Team and Former CEO of PUMA, Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL Nigeria, Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, Rita Kavashe, Managing Director of Isuzu East Africa and Joshua Oigara, Group CEO & Managing Director of KCB Group.
According to The B Team Africa, it is a Pan-African platform to enable committed business and civil society leaders to work collectively in driving progress and addressing critical issues across the continent. The B Team Africa leaders are united in influencing and convening the private and public sector to drive long-term, inclusive, sustainable economic growth and social development for a prosperous Africa.
“It’s high time for business to recognise its role in making the world a better place,” said Jesse Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, “And nothing could be better than working with other business leaders across the continent to build a coalition that is working for exactly that aim.”
International non-profit organisation The B Team, co-founded by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz in 2012, established The B Team Africa in 2017 and continues to recruit Africa-based leaders to accelerate the shift toward a just and sustainable future for the continent and the world.
The B Team Africa’s ambitious work agenda includes, but is not limited to, open contracting, supply chain transparency, responsible tax practice, renewable and clean energy, environmental preservation, unlocking capital for value-add, green businesses and social enterprises, job creation, civic rights, gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.