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What is the Africa Sustainability Barometer?

The first region-wide assessment of sustainable business practices in Africa. It highlights the need for more comprehensive reporting by companies.


View the Africa Sustainability Barometer Report

The Africa Sustainability Barometer data set, featuring the companies who report and what they report on, is available for purchase - email  or call +44 (0)20 7775 6900.

Africa’s economic success is fuelling an unprecedented investment boom. As the international business community turns to the continent and domestic companies expand their operations regionally, the role of sustainability has never been more important.


Analysis of sustainability metrics for hundreds of companies on the continent reveal:

- Southern Africa has the highest disclosure rate at 70% of the companies listed in the   Barometer

- North African companies constitute just 5% of the total companies on the Barometer

- Nigerian companies, which form 14% of the Barometer, invest in varied CSR programmes

- 71% of the reporting companies direct CSI to education and skill development


Watch the interview with Ilmi Granoff, Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, discussing challenges and opportunities in Africa, and the value of sustainability reporting.


How do I participate in the UN Global Compact?

The United Nations Global Compact presents a unique strategic platform for participants to advance their commitments to sustainability and corporate citizenship. Structured as a public–private initiative, the Global Compact offers a policy framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability principles and practices related to its four core areas: human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Read more

Africa Sustainability Barometer video interviews

Sustainable business is a frequently used catchphrase, but what does it look like in practice? This Is Africa sits down with Ilmi Granoff, Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, to discuss challenges and opportunities in the African context, and the value of sustainability reporting.



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The Global Compact
African Sustainability Barometer
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