2019 served as a testament to our commitment to growing our ideals of making a difference to all South Africans. Each year we aspire to new heights and this year was no different.
On 28 August we hosted the ASI ThoughtLab, a C-suite event to launch an anti-corruption movement rooted in having courageous conversations about the scourge of corruption.
The ASI ThoughtLab brought together over 500 South African business and labour leaders to rise to the challenge to honestly and boldly fight corruption within South Africa’s most important economic sectors. Spearheading the narrative on the day was Business Leadership South Africa’s CEO, Busisiwe Mavuso as our keynote speaker, and communications expert and media entrepreneur Tumelo Mothotoane as our MC and facilitator, in the company of additional esteemed players and change-makers within the private sector.
Additionally, ASI founded the ASI Anti-Corruption Fund, which will serve to combat the scourge of kickbacks, bribes and illicit dealings in the business sector of South Africa. All the donations and contributions made to the fund, will be used to fund legal cases against corruption brought forward by the public.
As a firm that is also rooted in contributing towards upliftment, we further launched the ASI SME Fund, which aims to provide financial support for small to medium-sized black-owned brokerages and to empower other brokerages looking for BBBEE Partners.
This year further cemented our dedication to transformation in our industry when we were recognised as the first advisory company to achieve Level 1 B-BBBEE Contributor status on the Generic Financial Sector Code Scorecard. This accreditation undoubtedly gives us the motivation to continue championing on the path of diversity within our business and service offerings.
In October, we proudly hosted the #ASIEmpoweringWomen high tea, inviting women from all walks of life and industries to share and celebrate their professional journeys. Among the phenomenal women who shared their expertise was ASI Director of Client Value & Strategy, Naseema Ephraim and our keynote speaker Ntombi Langa-Royds, non-executive director at Redefine Properties.
Our high tea reiterated our commitment towards laying the groundwork for South African women in corporate South Africa, which is already reflected within our organisation.
Just as we invest in the advancement of women in corporate South Africa, it’s also important that we back the women playing an equally active role in civil society. This is why we also support individuals and their causes such as social entrepreneur Thuli Mthethwa, founder of crime-prevention organisation MeMeZa Community Safety.
In addition, we continue to actively serve as a strong partner for non-profit and development organisation JAM South Africa, whose mission is to serve disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Looking towards 2020, we remain dedicated to contributing towards causes that have a direct impact on society, and to use our long-standing position within the financial sector for good. It is the blueprint which we have perfected this year and the very same that we plan to follow through with into the New Year.