We are proud to announce that the Kaizen Institute is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. As a member, our business is committed to adopting the Compact’s Ten Principles and delivering on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for a better world. It follows logically that Kaizen Institute South Africa will integrate the Ten Principles into both our company and, where possible, our clients as well
Kaizen Institute South Africa’s MD Mbuso Nkosi explains what this membership status means.
“The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles. The compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 8,000 members.”
The UN’s Ten Principles come under four broad headings:
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights;
Businesses must ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Uphold freedom of association and recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Eliminate of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Abolish child labour;
Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
They should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Nkosi sees this process as one that extends beyond the realm of business into a philosophy and way of life for people in general.
“In our dealings with clients, we operate in the corporate environment. But the concept of continuous improvement is equally applicable in people’s everyday lives. I like to tell the story of my visit to Japan where I discovered that KAIZEN™ is more than just a system of continuous improvement tools, it is a philosophy – a way of life, if you like – that is applicable to every area of our lives.
If engrained from an early age, you see the results which flow from this philosophy of making things better and taking care of the environment.”
Nkosi believes that people are hardwired to seek improvement, meaning most of these principles can be applied intuitively.
“If you take the principle of 5S (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain), for example, and if you sort and clean your personal living space, you will take pride in it and keep it cleaner and more organised for longer,” he says.
That is why the Kaizen Institute fits so neatly into the UN’s Global Compact.
“The Ten Principles and our mission and values are very closely aligned. These are what we share with clients and live out ourselves. We are of the view that in order to create sustainable competitive advantage for South Africa, organisations have to look at KAIZEN™ principles and see a long-term, people-based system of business excellence,” he concludes.