CNH Industrial employees in South Africa honoured the memory of Nelson Mandela on Thursday 18th July, by giving back to the local community. Some 101 years after his birth, employees from New Holland Agriculture and IVECO brands spent the day with students at Ingqayizivele Secondary School in Tembisa, an underprivileged township in Johannesburg. The employees gave inspirational talks to the students about future job opportunities in the logistics, agriculture and transport sectors.
by Donna Katzin, Executive Director, Shared Interest, a social investment fund that mobilizes the financial and human resources of South Africa’s lowest income communities of color. Since 1994, Shared Interest has helped to create more than 180,000 new small and micro-enterprises, 1.9 million jobs, and 120,000 affordable homes – benefiting 2.3 million economically marginalized South Africans – the majority of them women.
In observance of former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday July 18, KFC South Africa associates teamed up with volunteers from the World Food Programme to help feed hungry Johannesburg families.
In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Mandela’s birthday as an international day. Throughout the country, South Africans dedicate 67 minutes of the day—symbolic of the leader’s 67 years spent working for social justice—to volunteer efforts. Mandela Day 2014 was the first since the leader’s death last December.
Millions of us around the world embraced him as our own, and many millions more will be inspired by him for generations to come. Yet perhaps Nelson Mandela's most endearing trait was his humility. His humanity brought people together across traditional divides to build a better world. This week, as we collectively mourn the passing of this giant of history, we reflect on what his legacy can teach us for the future.
We asked a number of individuals from across the business community to share their perspectives.