BLSA accepts Bain’s resignation

The business body which represents some of businesses’ top CEOs says it looks to raise the ethical standards of SA business.
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Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) on Tuesday noted and accepted the resignation of tainted management consulting firm Bain & Company from the business body, reiterating its commitment to raising ethical standards in business.

Bain’s decision to separate itself from BLSA comes after it was embroiled in the state capture corruption scandal and subsequently identified in part one of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry into State Capture report– along with former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane – as having “a planned and coordinated agenda to seize and restructure Sars”.

“We reaffirm BLSA’s commitment to ensuring that all those involved in state capture are appropriately held to account,” BLSA said in a statement.

“We hope that as a society we can collectively direct our attention to seeking justice and amends for the damage to our country during the years of state capture and reforming our institutions to ensure it never happens again,” the business body added.

Read: Bain’s role in dismantling Sars

‘We made mistakes’

In a statement released on Tuesday, Bain said its decision to withdraw its membership from the business body was driven by not wanting to “distract from the important work BLSA does”.

In the statement the company apologised for the damage it caused to the revenue service saying that it was an “unwitting participant” and that its engagements with Sars “was a humbling episode”.

“We accept that through various lapses in leadership and governance, Bain South Africa became an unwitting participant in a process that inflicted serious damage on the South African Revenue Service (Sars), for which we apologise,” the company said.

“While we made mistakes in our work with Sars, we remain confident that we did not in any way wilfully or knowingly support state capture at Sars or elsewhere.”

BLSA which is a representative of JSE-listed companies such as Absa, Alexander Forbes, Anglo American and Capitec, had initially suspended Bain’s membership in 2018 after the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into tax administration and governance at Sars found that the company was implicated in the erosion of the entity.

Read:
Nugent loosens the final shackles
Bain says guilty of ‘serious failure’ with Sars

BLSA set on restoration

BLSA says it is committed to restoring the face of business in the country by fighting against corruption and bringing back ethics to business.

“BLSA is widely active in supporting our institutions to recover following the years of state capture. Through Business Against Crime we work alongside our social partners to support the criminal justice system. We remain committed to supporting further capacity building where we can.

“Our goal is to contribute to raising the ethical standards of business. To that end, our members are all subject to our integrity pledge which prioritises the fight against corruption,” BLSA added.

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How convenient ne !!
Stepping aside so as not to embarrass your chief beneficiaries ne !!
No worries Bain – More business coming soon !!!

Them : “ Bain South Africa became an unwitting participant”

now why on earth would anybody anywhere employ a very expensive management consultant, that can apparently not spot when it is being used to hollow out a critical institution (despite paying partner fees to an obscure hair salon or whatever this partner was)?

“We reaffirm BLSA’s commitment to ensuring that all those involved in state capture are appropriately held to account,” BLSA said in a statement.

I await a similar public stance being taken on a certain Mr Zuma and the Schaik Bros.

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