Professor Mervyn King hosts this fireside chat on the new C-Corp International.
The new C-Corp International was launched on 15 September 2022 in London as a joint venture between the Conscious Leadership and Ethics Institute (CLI) and M-Power International.
C-Corp international is an accreditation and training entity that unites business leaders on the values of ethics, trust, integrity and responsibility. The intent is for the collective voice, of the global network of accredited conscious leaders, to challenge the status quo of business and, through responsible business activity, seek to impact humanity positively. Placing responsibility and purpose on par with profits, it is intended that these leaders will set trends by aligning shareholder value creation to stakeholder wellbeing.
“Being a leader of a C-Corp Accredited company gives a breadth and depth to an organisation more than anything the bottom line can achieve for its brand and its people. It is a different quality of being in the world and has a place and purpose in both business and government. C-Corp accredited organisations have a differentiated leadership and behaviour style that unlocks an employee’s unique potential. This engages all stakeholders in the growth of the company, ensuring sustainability and enables it to thrive.” Media statement 15 September 2022.
The global vision to drive consciousness in business, the spark igniting C-Corp International, is the brainchild of Brenda Kali, founder of Conscious Companies. She joins forces with Christopher Greenwood, CEO of Success M-Powered and Madhu Rajagopalan, CEO of the Mohanji Foundation with a presence in over 90 countries. Together, they intend to activate the transformation of culture, values, ethics, performance and productivity through the accreditation of leaders and their organisations.
Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel, former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, and designated Chartered Director (South Africa). He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town, and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University. He has honorary Doctorates from Wits University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Leeds University in the UK, and Deakin University in Australia.
Mervyn is honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, and the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Mervyn is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, as well as of the Value Reporting Foundation (incorporating the International Integrated Reporting Council and SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally, from several institutions.
Mervyn chairs the Good Law Foundation and has chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight. He is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance and of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. Mervyn currently chairs the African Integrated Reporting Council and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa and is Patron of the Good Governance Academy.
Mervyn has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.
He is the author of many books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Healthy Company.”
Brenda Kali’s Conscious Companies was a scribble on a page in the middle of the night after she emerged from meditation. It set her on a journey that would have an impact not only on her life but on countless other organisations in her quest to build conscious leadership capacity.
An advocate of conscious ethical leadership, she had over the years set into motion a stream of consciousness that is organically changing the landscape of how business is done and the ethos of leadership. Her twenty-five year tenure as an executive saw the reputational turnaround of major companies including Sasol and Telkom. During her tenure as Group Executive in the corporate space, she had observed the workings of a group of people, who come together in daily labour to a company in exchange for security and a paycheque. This inspired her to write “Beyond Corporate Sludge” insights to create balance and harmony in the workplace.
A former member of the Board of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SACCI), she currently serves on the Board of Primeserv and Project Literacy, a 45-year-old NGO. Ethics, social impact, strategic transformation and conscious awareness has always been the quality of her leadership that advocates a values-driven socio-economic system.
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