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Visionary leadership in winner of the Conscious Companies Awards 2018

18 May 2018

The Conscious Companies Awards 2018, one of the premium events on the South African business landscape, announced IQ Business as the winner. Professor Mervyn King, Chairman of the judging panel, revealed the names of the winner and runner up at a glittering function at the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank on Thursday.

The award ceremony was the culmination of a four-month journey to unearth conscious leaders and companies who aligned people, planet and profit in service of all of its stakeholders.

The Awards, in partnership with Liberty, is an innovative initiative in recognition of visionary leaders by Conscious Companies to create leadership capacity and celebrate conscious leaders who steer their companies to prosper while placing a premium on people, community, culture and the environment.

 Adam Craker, CEO of IQ Business, differentiated himself by his courage and visionary leadership to tackle greater societal issues by tackling inequality, unemployment and economic transformation, as well as  advocating ethical behaviour in creating a better South Africa for all. All this, while running the largest independent management consulting firm in Africa.

Joe Public was runner up. Founders Pepe Marais and Gareth Leck are driven in everything they do and they have developed a methodology to measure purpose in business with all their clients.

In the NGOs category, Phaphama Initiatives, which brings long term positive changes to peoples' lives through skills, training and coaching, was the winner.

Adam Craker said that after being a finalist in 2017 the Award meant a great deal to them. "It feels like the culmination of many years, but is actually the boost to take us forward in driving our company. It's a wonderful feeling.

"Conscious Companies has made an impact on the business landscape. It's the start of a whole new social narrative taking place in South Africa and the rest of the world. It's great to be in the forefront of the companies that entered this year."

In conscious ethos of the Award, the CEO of the company also wins an unique week long trip to India for a mind, body, spirit renewal at an Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in an Ashram and the company is awarded a Conscious Companies sculpture.

Brenda Kali, CEO of Conscious Companies said: "It is a privilege to be a leader of a company because you have positional power, resources and the means to influence and better the lives around you. That's what a purposeful conscious life is about".

Xolisa Vapi, Corporate Affairs Director at Liberty, who partnered the 2018 Awards said:  "Our partnership with Conscious Companies is anchored by our desire to do business the right way. It is through this conviction that we strongly believe that no business can thrive in a failing society. As an organisation whose purpose is premised on changing realities, we recognise and applaud those companies that are conscious about doing business the right way."

The keynote address was delivered by Bonang Mohale, CEO of BLSA, who spoke about ethical leadership in today's climate, saying that people must work closely together for people, purpose and survival and increase consumer confidence. "I am optimistic now that we have Cyril Ramaphosa as President because we have a shared future."

Programme director, Michael Avery, business presenter of Classic 1027, guided the event superbly. The entertainment was provided by two young opera singers Grace Magubane and Tshegofatso Moeng Magong, accompanied by pianist Peter Cartwright.  The Tribhangi Dance Theatre enthralled all with their agility and fine blend of dance styles.

The Conscious Companies Awards 2018 is held in association with Liberty, City Press, Agni Media and Classic 1027.



Peter Feldman
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