MD LADOL joins B Team Africa, insists on developing Africa’s infrastructure
Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi
By FRANCIS EZEM
The Managing of the Deep Offshore Logistic Base LADOL, Dr Amy Jadesimi has been selected to join the newly formed B Team Africa.
She joins other global business icons such as the CEO of Unilever Mr Paul Polman at a press conference to announce the B Team Africa’s Agenda held at the recently concluded Africa CEO Forum held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast capital.
Founded in the belief that the private sector can, and must, redefine both its responsibilities and its own terms of success, the B Team is a non-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet. It is 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.
The team is currently is developing a new, sustainable model for business centred on concerted, positive action that will ensure that business becomes a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefits, even as African leaders under the group 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.
While speaking at the press conference, shortly after Polman, Dr. Jadesimi, said that her vision it to develop sustainable infrastructure in West Africa and her goals in working alongside The B Team Africa leadership members comprising Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Chair of GAVI, Dr Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Jochen Zeitz, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of The B Team and Former CEO of PUMA, Jesse Moore, among other global leaders is to drive positive change in Nigeria and the African continent.
Dr Jadesimi said, “I’m honoured and excited to be 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 these 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”
To achieve these goals, according to her, leaders are committed to work together and through the current initiatives of the team, Africa’s ambitious work agenda which includes but not limited to, open contracting, supply chain transparency, responsible tax practice, renewable and clean energy, environmental preservation, unlocking capital for value-added, green businesses and social enterprises, job creation, civic rights, gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace would be achieved.
Co-founded by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz in 2012, it established The B Team Africa in 2017 and continues 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.
The B Team Africa is one of a growing number of regional teams established to galvanise 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
It also expects them to lead by example in their own companies, and engage in B Team initiatives in Africa, collaborate with others to develop and scale systemic solutions that benefit current and future generations, among several others.