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Demystifying Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Charting the ESG Course in Africa

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  • Includes an empirical case study of ESG in South Africa using an extensive statistical database and regression analysis
  • Employs a PESTLE analysis to the field of ESG
  • Argues that ESG is largely in the interest of the firms/companies themselves benefitting the larger society

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Impact Finance (SIF)

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About this book

​Addressing a topic at the forefront of global interests in business and development, this book is the first comprehensive book in the world that addresses ESG wholistically. It combines academic and practical content through multidisciplinary analysis, integrating economics, statistics, finance, strategic management and mathematics with an African focus. The book argues that ESG is largely in the interest of the firms/companies themselves, in addition to benefitting the larger society in which they exist. It also makes it everyone's responsibility to play a part in addressing global climate challenges. Thus, the book views the survival of the corporations, economies and the larger societies as interlinked. It will be of interest to researchers, policymakers and business persons in and outside of Africa.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Global Overview and Relevance in Africa

  2. The Strategic Management of ESG during and after a Global Pandemic

  3. Regional Case Studies

  4. The Way Forward


“This important book breaks new ground in an important emerging area of research and practical applications. The comprehensive approach will help improve corporate and economic governance in a world that is facing severe ecological and related crises. Therefore, this is a most timely contribution.” (Haider A. Khan, John Evans Distinguished University Professor & Professor of Economics, University of Denver)
“Presenting the perspectives of two people who are the embodiment of Africa, this book makes an important contribution to the debate on this increasingly urgent subject. I thoroughly commend the authors for their honesty and their desire to present an African perspective to a conversation quite often led by those that the subject matter least affects.” (Jeff Quartermaine, CEO and Managing Director of Perseus Mining Limited)

“Very important book on ESG, enlightening analysis of Africa and the world's ESG challenges and a study BADEA's staff have already practically benefitted from during several years' of association with the authors.” (Honourable Dr Sidi O. Tah, Diirector General & CEO, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA))

“ESG is essential for survival in Africa and beyond the continent. No one can be left out of the equation. This book very clearly explains the need for serious attention.” (Rockson Dogbegah, Chairman, African Corporate Governance Network & President, Institute of Directors Ghana)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heeno International, Banjul, Gambia

    Karamo NM Sonko

  • Jula Consultancy FZE, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

    Mariama Sonko

About the authors

Karamo NM Sonko has more than 20 years of experience in CSR, environmental oversight, government relations and corporate governance. He is Chairman, Heeno International; CEO, Jula Consultancy FZE; Chairman, Taf Africa Global; Strategic Adviser to the Managing Director & CEO, Perseus Mining; and Chairman, WellBoring (West Africa). He has worked at the UN and IMF and taught at five universities in Canada, France and the USA.

Mariama Sonko has a bachelor’s degree from the Paris Sorbonne (Abu Dhabi campus) and a Master of Science (with Distinction) from Heriot-Watt University (Dubai). She holds postgraduate certificates from the Cambridge Judge Business School, in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies, Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, in Sustainable Finance, and Harvard Business School, in Financial Leadership. She is GRI-certified Sustainability Adviser at Jula.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Demystifying Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

  • Book Subtitle: Charting the ESG Course in Africa

  • Authors: Karamo NM Sonko, Mariama Sonko

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Impact Finance

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-35866-1Published: 11 August 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-35869-2Due: 11 September 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-35867-8Published: 10 August 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2662-5105

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-5113

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 297

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Development Economics, African Economics, Sustainable Development, Investment Appraisal

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