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Business Partnerships in Johannesburg

Business has come to Johannesburg with a range of partnerships for sustainable development. Some of these partnerships are listed below. Many more business partnerships can be found on the BASD website –

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) – NEW!

Margaret Beckett will host the launch of this new public-private energy initiative today in Johannesburg. At today’s launch, Shell Solar will introduce a NEW partnership, The Million Solar Homes Fund, which aims to deliver basic electricity to rural households in developing countries around the world through solar power.

LAUNCH – Friday, 30 August 2002, 3:30 – Sandton Convention Centre, Ballroom 1

James Herbert, Shell Media - +44 7770 656 417

African Energy Fund – NEW!

This NEW partnership initiated by Eskom and launched at the Summit in Johannesburg will leverage and channel funding from the private sector and government donors for energy and electricity infrastructure projects in Africa.

Dr. Steve Lennon, Eskom – 083 601 2082

World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative – NEW!

Philip Watts of Shell will speak at today’s launch of this public-private partnership to reduce the flaring and venting of gas associated with the extraction of crude oil.

LAUNCH - Friday, 30 August, 4:00 – World Bank WSSD Office, Sandown, 2 Maude Street.

James Herbert, Shell Media - +44 7770 656 417

agLe@rn programme – NEW!

CropLife International teams up with the Asia Pacific Regional Technology Centre and the WorldView International Foundation in this NEW partnership launched in Johannesburg that will provide a web based educational tool for agricultural professionals.

CropLife International supports member companies worldwide such as BASF, BayerCropScience, Dow AgroSciences, and DuPont.

Stephen Weller, CropLife International – 082 858 1852

Investment Advisory Council (IAC) – NEW!

A joint initiative between ICC: the world business organization and UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), this project aims to increase foreign direct investment in the world’s least developed countries.

Partners: ICC: the world business organization, UNCTAD, governments of the world’s 49 least developed countries.

Contact: Bryce Corbett, ICC – 083 468 8483

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Initiative (SARD) – NEW!

The SARD initiative will support the efforts of rural communities, farmers, and other groups to create partnerships that promote sustainable agriculture and rural development. Business, civil society, and government partners launched this NEW initiative this week in Johannesburg.

Kristen Sukulac, International Fertilizer Association – 082 858 6847

Community Development Tools – NEW!

The International Council on Mining and Metals and the World Bank team up on this NEW initiative to develop tools to help local communities in mining regions around the world better benefit from mineral related investment.

Edward Bickham, Anglo American plc – +44 77 60 197 381
Andrea Parsons, Chamber of Mines of South Africa – 082 413 3862

Marine Stewardship Council Delivers Sustainable Fisheries

Based on an original partnership between Unilever and the WWF, this on-going initiative is now delivering worldwide recognition of sustainable fisheries. Some 40 fisheries have been certified based on their sustainable fisheries practices.

Christine Drury, Unilever - +44 77 96 930 430

Global Mining Initiative (GMI)

Nine leading mining companies participated in the GMI to identify the mining industry’s role in sustainable development. A key component of the GMI, was an independent, stakeholder research programme that was undertaken by the International Institute for Environment and Development called the Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD).

Andrew Vickerman, ICMM - +44 77 11 879 614, Richard Sandbrook, MMSD

Recycling a Million Lives

Suez is engaged in public-private sustainability partnerships around the world. Recycling a Million Lives promotes recycling and environmental awareness in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and has already employed and trained 90 people as environmental educators.

Henry Saint-Bris, Suez - +33 (0)6 80 75 17 01

Accelerated Access Initiative

UNAIDS is working in conjunction with businesses, including Merck & Co., Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Laboratories, to improve access to AIDS care in the hardest-hit regions of the world.

Mirryena Deeb, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of SA - 083 409 7505