Report from a dialogue on diversity, inclusion, ethics and integrity in South Africa
Good governance is a crucial element of the integrated model for attracting resources within the higher education and non-profit sectors promoted by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.
Now, as South Africa looks to build on King IV – the latest iteration of the voluntary model for corporate governance first established by former judge Mervyn King in 1994 – Inyathelo is seeking to strengthen and extend its role as a national custodian of the code for non-profit organisations (NPOs) in order to increase their impact; and act as an agent of change to promote increasingly ethical, inclusive forms of governance within the corporate sector.
To this end it intends to produce benchmarks for an institutional code of governance practice promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, accountability and social justice in South Africa (SA IDEAS) in the NPO and higher-education sectors; and to collaborate with professionals in these sectors to produce a code of practice that can help to professionalise the role of “diversity consultants” nationally. The work to produce such a code would also seek to lay the groundwork for the development of an agenda for training in this field and the establishment of a community of practice, which may later become a professional association. The aim is also to agree on guidelines for effective training and consultancy targeting all sectors of South African society.