We are delighted to have joined the National Business Initiative, a coalition of local businesses committed to working towards ensuring a sustainable future South Africa.This membership follows a period of reflection for us at Dolphin Bay. As our own business ethos developed over the years, we became increasingly aware of a sea change in the culture of business as a whole in South Africa. The age of exploitation, for the sake of profit alone, has come to an end. There is now a growing business culture of operating with integrity in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our own businesses, the sectors in which we operate, our society and also, of course, the natural environment.We have been searching for an umbrella organisation that shares this vision, and are very satisfied by all that we have learnt about the NBI. Before joining, Bertus attended an NBI workshop in Cape Town on water security, where the UN Global Compact’s approach to the stewardship of water was outlined. This is an important topic, given the water shortages in many parts of South Africa. Several large South African companies have adopted the Global Compact’s approach, which is both far-sighted and thorough. To help the rest of us, a free “Water Tool” is available, enabling companies to analyse the risk to their own future water supply, and a series of steps that can be taken to ensure that the supply does not dry up. We shall investigate the extent to which this tool is helpful for our industry, and report back to you.Meanwhile, we took our own first step on water stewardship by publishing our story on rainwater harvesting in our previous newsletter, distributed last month.“We are very pleased at this new partnership with the NBI, and look forward to both contributing, and exploring the opportunities the organisation provides.” says Bertus. “We will keep our clients updated in the future about how the NBI’s vision and expertise can help boost both our business, and yours.”“The NBI is very excited and pleased to welcome Dolphin Bay as a valued member, and we look forward to a closer working relationship,” said the NBI head of marketing and communications Gillian Hutchings.