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[Johannesburg, 12 November 2021] Naspers, a global internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world, has joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Its ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 14,000 companies and 3,800 non-business participants based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world.

“We are happy to announce that we have signed on to the United Nations Global Compact to further accelerate our sustainability efforts,” said Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, Chief Executive Officer of Naspers South Africa.

“Sustainability is at the core of what we do. Our focus on digital platforms keeps our environmental impact light, while enabling newer, smarter and greener ways to serve the everyday needs of people around the world. As a global group with many local operations and investments, we work hard to maximise our positive impact and find solutions for shared global challenges. Signing on to the UN Global Compact is a demonstration of our commitment to the values at the heart of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.”

“I welcome and congratulate Naspers for joining the UN Global Compact. It is a commitment to integrate sustainability into the business in a meaningful way, and to deliver measurable impact on our development challenges as framed by the SDGs. It is also a leadership opportunity for Naspers to use its significant footprint in South Africa and indeed globally to help shape the corporate sustainability agenda”, said Dr Achieng Ojwang, Executive Director of Global Compact Network South Africa.

To build trust, credibility and transparency, companies participating in the UN Global Compact communicate their progress made in implementing the Ten Principles and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals annually.

To learn more about the UN Global Compact, visit