The Order of the Baobab 2017-06-29T10:39:46+00:00
Order of Baobab

What is the Order of the Baobab?

The baobab tree, found growing across the Africa continent is known as “The Tree of Life”, because it provides sustenance, in the form of its nutrient dense fruit, when the dry season takes hold. The Baobab’s longevity – anywhere between 500 and 2000 years – also reflects the wisdom of, and reverence, for living elders on the continent. The awesome stature of the Baobab, with its huge branches providing generous shade, ensured that the Baobab would become the traditional gathering place where minds meet in order to discuss ideas and community matters. The continuity of the Baobab would facilitate the continued deliberation, and engagement, amongst those gathered until a representative solution and workable consensus on a particular matter had been established,  taking into account the views and interests of all stakeholders and affected partners.

BEN-Africa takes the baobab as its symbol of a responsible and sustainable organisation. The Order of the Baobab is our award to either individuals or organisations for their extraordinary achievements in advancing organisational ethics on the continent of Africa. The award was inaugurated in 2014.

Recipients of the Award

Prof Willie Esterhuyse
Prof Willie Esterhuyse (2014)
Prof Esterhuyse received the award for his invaluable contribution to pioneering Business Ethics in Africa by introducing a critical discourse on the social responsibility of business as a theoretical discipline in South African Universities and Business Schools and making this discourse accessible to business leaders, policy-makers and the public at large.
Adv Thuli Madonsela
Adv Thuli Madonsela (2016)
Adv. Thuli Madonsela received the award for her unquestionable and explicit adherence to the rule of law and the principles of democracy, underpinned by an unequivocal commitment to good governance in practice and ethical leadership. She opened spaces for thought leadership in ethical practice and a values-driven economy, both nationally and globally; and her distinguishing trait of equanimity in the face of adversity makes her the epitome of the esteemed ethical servant leader.
Prof Mervyn King
Prof Mervyn King (2016)
Prof Mervyn King received the award for his invaluable contribution to ethical leadership and governance in business and society in South Africa and around the world. His strong advocacy of transparency, stakeholder inclusivity, responsible corporate citizenship, ethical leadership and integrated thinking is embedded in the world-renowned series of King Reports and the work of the International Integrated Reporting Council. His legacy would guide global practice in corporate governance and decision making for many years to come.