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Navigating Corporate Accountability and Human Rights in Africa


Cherie Blair, Co-Founder & Chair, Omnia Strategy LLP; Leadership Council Member, Concordia
Mark Hutchinson, CEO, Fortescue Energy
Kola Karim, Chairman, Shoreline
Samaila Zubairu, President & CEO, Africa Finance Corporation
H.E. Godfred Yeboah Dame, Republic of Ghana Attorney-General & Minister for Justice

“Africa has an amazing opportunity to be the producer of green hydrogen for the rest of the world.” 

– Mark Hutchinson

“Africa is very much open to business as an equal partner.” 

– Cherie Blair

“You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you negotiate.” 

– Samaila Zubairu

“All we need is purposeful leadership, dedicated entrepreneurship, and directed capital.”

– Kola Karim

“Corporate integrity implies being responsible for the environment.” 

– H.E. Godfred Yeboah Dame

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Businesses should take responsibility for the problems they create and actively work towards solutions, especially in areas like climate change. 
  • Africa has a significant role in sustainable development, particularly in areas like green energy, renewable resources, and technological innovation. The continent has the potential to provide solutions to global challenges. 
  • Purposeful leadership and dedicated entrepreneurship are essential for driving economic growth, infrastructure development, and creating opportunities for the African continent.
  • Collaboration among African nations and with international partners is critical, especially in terms of unlocking financing and resources to drive development and sustainability projects in Africa.