18 June 2015 - Engineering, management and specialist technical services company, Aurecon, will be hosting a sustainability breakfast event on 3 July, 2015. Corli le Roux, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s (JSE) Sustainability Head, will deliver a keynote presentation at the event.
Le Roux says the JSE’s work with issues in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) space has led to many companies making great strides in terms of applying ESG in business policies, but there are still challenges.
“Given the increasing focus by investors on ESG reporting, coupled with the evolution of integrated reporting, sustainability imperatives need to be considered as mainstream strategic considerations, not only for JSE-listed companies but all companies operating in South Africa,” says le Roux
“During my presentation, I will aim to highlight some learnings from our work with the companies in relation to the JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index, as well as some of the recent developments in this sphere, such as the JSE’s announcement on 3 June 2015 that it has partnered with FTSE Russell, the global index provider, in progressing the JSE's work around promoting corporate sustainability practices,” says le Roux.
Sonja de Klerk, Head of Quality, Environment & Sustainability at Aurecon, says that the JSE encourages companies to act responsibly and focus on transparency in their reporting, which is a core focus of sustainable businesses.
“This event comes at a time when sustainability reporting, integrated reporting and the triple bottom line impacts of businesses and projects are at the forefront of many of our clients’ minds. Aurecon’s commitment to growing a sustainable business, helping our clients growing sustainable businesses and contributing to a more resilient world means that we have a vested interested in reporting, transparency and accountability. I’m looking forward to networking with our clients at the event and discussing key challenges and trends in the industry,” says de Klerk.
Industry leaders who will be attending the event include financial institutions, property developers, architects, telecommunications companies and utilities in South Africa.
In the beginning of 2015, Aurecon became an Organisational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Through this initiative, Aurecon will contribute to the knowledge, resources, skills and tools that companies need in order to enhance the way in which companies report on their sustainability initiatives.
“Aurecon’s dedication to sustainability reporting puts us in the ideal position to partner with clients and enhance the way they are able to enhance their sustainability performance,” says de Klerk.
The event will take place at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Gauteng.
About Corli le Roux
Corli joined the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s Legal Counsel and Strategy Division in August 2001 following four years as legal advisor to SAFEX (The South African Futures Exchange).
Over the years, Corli’s responsibilities have expanded into various strategic arenas, and as a result she has since 2002 been responsible for the development and operation of the JSE’s Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index, a pioneering initiative through which the JSE has been providing critical thought leadership around sustainability and responsible investment. Corli currently forms part of the JSE’s Capital Markets Division from where she oversees the JSE’s interaction with clients around sustainability as well as the development of a strategic sustainability framework for the JSE.
Corli has authored articles in various local and international publications, and speaks locally and globally regarding responsible investment and sustainability concerns generally. She represents the JSE on various committees, including CRISA (the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa), the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa as well as its working group, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the World Federation of Exchanges’ Sustainability Working Group. During 2011 she was a finalist for South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards 2011/2012, and was recently named a semi-finalist in the 2015 Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards.