Jadesimi had at the just concluded Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Ivory Coast joined the CEO of Unilever, Mr. Paul Polman to unfold the B Team Africa’s agenda.
She discussed her vision for sustainable infrastructure development in West Africa and her goals in working alongside the B Team Africa leadership members to drive positive change in Nigeria and the continent.
Others in the team include the CEO of Safaricom, Bob Collymore; Chair of GAVI, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala; Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr. Mo Ibrahim; and the Co-Founder and Executive Chair of The B Team, Jochen Zeitz.
Also in the team are the former CEO of PUMA, Mr. Jesse Moore; CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, Rita Kavashe; and the Group CEO and Managing Director of KCB Group, Joshua Oigara.
Apparently elated by the selection, Jadesimi said: “I’m honoured and excited to be the part of the B Team Africa, working alongside a team of passionate business leaders to support and drive sustainable business models and new opportunities for job creation and investment in Africa. For the world to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Africa will have to become an engine of growth and prosperity. Fortunately, as Africans we have the human capital and resources to do this ourselves and working with Jesse, Rita and Joshua on the B Team we can actively help create an environment where real private sector companies, large and small can build new economy businesses generating millions of jobs across the Continent”
In a statement issued in Lagos and obtained by Maritime Bits, LADOL said the B Team Africa was 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.
According to it, 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. In order to achieve these goals, leaders are committed to work together and through current B Team initiatives. 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.
An international non-profit organisation and co-founded by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz in 2012, the B Team Africa has continued to recruit Africa-based leaders to accelerate the shift toward a just and sustainable future for the continent and the world.
Its mission and impact to date reflect the tremendous power of the private sector to catalyse new business opportunities and solutions to diverse global challenges. It is one of a growing number of regional B Teams established to galvanize regional based leaders to harness business-driven solutions and create collective impact.
In this spirit, the B Team Africa calls upon other leaders in Africa and partners to join them to use their collective voice and influence to amplify key issues and drive progress on timely, critical issues; lead by example in their own companies and engage in B Team initiatives in Africa; and collaborate with others to develop and scale systemic solutions that benefit current and future generations.
Described as a ‘sustainable industrial free zone’, the company is built on a secure island inside adjacent Nigeria’s premier port, Apapa Quay, Lagos.