Most of us think of work as a necessity – something we have to do so we can look after ourselves and the people who depend on us. But should we perhaps pay more attention to matching the work people do, with who God created them to be?
Dr Tongoi highlights a few inspiring examples of how Christians have lived out their mission in the marketplace over the course of history, and showing how business can truly be a redemptive force in society.
In this article based on our Mergon Journey podcast series, “The Power of the Collective (Episode 7), Pieter Faure interviews Lauren Cloete-Henning and Keri-leigh Paschal about the origins of Muthobi, Nation Builder and Ziwani. Within the context of a global shift in thinking about corporate social responsibility, these different Mergon initiatives have been serving as a bridge between business and positive social impact, for more than a decade.
Mergon COO, Gauché Radley, tells the story of how Mergon worked closely with an investee company to divest their investment in a way that ensured their continued growth and success. By involving the investee CEO in the process, empowering him with a stake in the business, and prioritising the interests of all stakeholders, Mergon was able to achieve a win-win exit that left everyone involved satisfied and the business thriving.
A successful serial entrepreneur, Scott Friesen points out that every job created in Africa represents the potential for not only one life to change – but for a whole family to break the cycle of poverty.
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