Defining a development model for Africa that can meet the needs of an emerging economy, creating value for the different countries while respecting the local surroundings, communities and the environment. The FSG consulting firm, founded by Professor Michael Porter in 2012, who together with Mark Kramer conceived the creating shared value theory, organised - on May 25 and 26 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg - Africa Shared Value Summit 2017. This is the first edition of an international summit along the lines of the Shared Value Leadership Summit, bringing together representatives of institutions, businesses, non-governmental organisations, and the academic world, with the goal of guiding the great African continent towards a shared and sustainable growth model.
Enel is one of the sponsors of the Summit through Enel Green Power, the Group’s renewable division. We will contribute to the event by bringing the experience we has developed in Africa over the last few years, where we are building several green plants based on a creating shared value approach.
Enel's Head of Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing Maria Cristina Papetti will participate in a panel on May 26, second day of the event. The panel Our Growth in Africa, which will start at 9.30 am and will focus on renewable energy, growth and social equity (Renewable, Energy, Growth & Social Equality), will be followed by a debate on the possibility of a sustainable management of Africa’s economic development.
The Enel Group’s Renewable Energy Division is present in South Africa with seven plants generating sun and wind power totalling 522 MW, but it also operates in Morocco, Zambia, Tunisia and Algeria.
Also in Africa we have launched several projects to bring safe and profitable electricity to different communities by developing electrification (micro-grids and off-grid) and innovative tools like the Liter of Light lamps and social support initiatives such as the partnership with the MothersToMothers organisation. These projects involve Enel's commitment to contributing to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030, and in particular SDG #7 (universal access to energy) and #8 (socio-economic development of communities ).