November 2015 – Wilderness Holdings’ Integrated Report for the 2015 Financial Year has received the prestigious Merit Award for the Regional Companies category in this year’s Integrated Reporting Awards, co-hosted by Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa (CSSA) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
The Integrated Reporting Awards took place at the Montecasino ballroom on Wednesday 11 November 2015. Over 100 companies entered and 400 guests attended the gala dinner. The ceremony recognised the importance of good governance and reporting in the face of a rapidly-changing business world and was attended by companies across various sectors.
“These awards give us the opportunity to appraise our report against international best practice and we are proud to have been recognised for our efforts in pioneering Integrated Reporting in our industry. As Africa’s leading sustainable tourism organisation, our report demonstrates the degree to which sustainability is woven into the daily fabric and philosophy of our business, and we hope it encourages other eco-operators to do the same”, says Derek de la Harpe, Wilderness Holdings’ Chief Sustainability Officer.
By successfully integrating its financial and 4Cs sustainability framework into one coherent report, Wilderness Holdings has demonstrated that each aspect of its business – Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture – is as important as the others. The company has to do well in order to affect change – but it has demonstrated that, by making a difference, it can also create value for its shareholders.
The 2015 financial year saw a number of highlights for the Wilderness Group, including further investments in solar energy – thecompany has now invested more than USD3.8 million in solar installations with a total of 11 safari camps now 100% solar powered. Wilderness also spearheaded a number of critical conservation projects, particularly with regard to rhino conservation. From a culture and community perspective, 540 rural children enjoyed a Children in the Wilderness (CITW) camp, while 2 271 attended CITW Eco-Clubs. To read the 2015 Integrated Report in more detail, click here.
For information on the Integrated Reporting Awards visit www.chartsec.co.za.
Wilderness Safaris’ Mary-Anne van der Byl accepts the award from
Brian Dialwa, CSSA Director and Botswana Branch Chairman