We are an independent association whose members include the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known businesses. Through this forum, South Africa’s business leaders engage key players in South African society, including government, civil society and labour, to exchange ideas in our national interest and to create effective dialogue. Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) is the organisation through which we not only express this belief but take action to create a more prosperous and inclusive South Africa.

Our purpose is to build an environment in which globally competitive and national responsible companies can prosper. By so doing, we contribute to building strong communities underpinned by job creation through sustained economic growth.

As an organisation we are we are focusing on three core activities, which combined with our contract with South Africa, will help to facilitate a better and inclusive South Africa:

  • Advancing a modern, inclusive and growing economy:
  • Upholding the constitution and protecting the integrity of the state institutions and
  • Demonstrating that business is a national asset and is central in addressing poverty, unemployment, economic injustice, and transformation

Our focus area:

  • Structural Reforms (Inclusive Growth)
  • Ethics & State Capacitation (Defending Core Institutions)
  • Positioning Business as a National Asset

BLSA BUSINESS STRATEGY

STRATEGIC PILLARS

1. DRIVE INCLUSIVE GROWTH & TRANSFORMATION

  • Fundamentally change ways of working with the government to enable a more collaborative approach to drive growth
  • Identify and implement a focused set of priority national and provincial programmes to deliver transformation
  • Lead the business sector in delivering urgent and significant advances in inclusive growth & transformation
  • Remove structural barriers to growth, investment and inclusion.

2. PROTECT & STRENGHTHEN KEY STATE INSTITUTIONS

  • Defend and strengthen key institutions through the promotion of sound leadership and the process of holding the state to account
  • Invest in a set of immediate, pragmatic actions to rebuild state integrity (*six pack*)
  • Create and fund mechanisms that defend the constitution and build state integrity
  • Implement new ethics compact to ensure business “walks the talks”.

3. BUSINESS AS A NATIONAL ASSET

  • Highlight positive contributions of business to society using research and data
  • Deepen trust in business as the “go-to” partner for advancing the national interest
  • Amplify the presence in the “public square”
  • Counteract false business narratives by articulating the facts promoting an informed citizenry.