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South African corporate social investment grows to R11.8bn in 2023
South African companies spent an estimated R11.8bn on corporate social investment (CSI) in the 2023 financial year, according to corporate responsibility consultancy Trialogue’s latest research findings. 14 Dec 2023 Read more

Sappi’s forestry initiative scoops coveted CSI award
The prestigious Trialogue Strategic CSI Award for 2023 was scooped by Sappi Khulisa, the company’s flagship programme for emerging timber farmers. The award celebrates CSI projects that find the optimal balance between delivering social impact and corporate benefit. 14 Dec 2023 Read more

Social investors and NPOs offered digital solutions to thrive in the responsible business landscape
The responsible business space is more complex than ever, which means professionals in the field need leading-edge industry information and opportunities to upskill. In response, corporate responsibility consultancy Trialogue has relaunched the popular Trialogue Knowledge Hub and launched the Trialogue Academy. 13 Jun 2023 Read more

Trialogue Business in Society Conference: Call for business to play stronger role in societal issues
The 16th annual Trialogue Business in Society Conference provided much food for thought as leaders from business, the non-profit sector and government gathered to focus on the role of business in strengthening South Africa's sociopolitical environment, addressing gender-based violence, improving education and catalysing impact in the green economy. Hosted by Azania Mosaka, the conference saw thought leaders call on the private sector for deeper involvement, strategic investment and effective collaboration with government and the non-profit sector to have meaningful impact on these critical issues. 12 May 2023 Read more

Trialogue's Business in Society Conference focuses on GBV, education and the green economy
Hosted by Azania Mosaka, this year's Trialogue Business in Society Conference on 9 and 10 May invites business leaders to consider how they can accelerate the fight against poverty, inequality, poor education outcomes, gender-based violence and the climate crisis under the overarching theme of inclusive and purposeful business. 2 May 2023 Read more

How business can help to realise the South Africa we struggled for: Rev. Frank Chikane
South Africa's future is at risk unless we deal with the scourge of unemployment, Rev. Frank Chikane warned delegates during his keynote address at the Trialogue Business in Society Conference on 11 May. 7 Jun 2022 Read more

Delivering on the Constitution means effecting social justice
Ubuntu-driven leadership is needed for South Africa to 'bounce forward' as a nation, according to Professor Thuli Madonsela, chair in social justice research at Stellenbosch University and the founder of the Thuma Foundation. 6 Jun 2022 Read more

How to ensure equitable philanthropy in Africa
Research supported by Vodacom Foundation, Safaricom and the Vodafone Foundation reveals why donor resources for Africa tend to go to Northern-based rather than African-led civil society organisations. Civil and private sector leaders discussed how Africa can liberate itself from international donor dependency at a recent conference. 3 Jun 2022 Read more

Green is the new gold: why companies should invest in the green economy
Investing in the green economy will help to drive inclusive growth through job creation and entrepreneurship. Nedbank is sponsoring this vital topic at the Trialogue Business in Society Conference, which will take place on 10 and 11 May 2022. 5 May 2022 Read more

How to ensure equitable philanthropy in Africa
Research supported by Vodacom Foundation, Safaricom and the Vodafone Foundation reveals why donor resources for Africa tend to go to Northern-based rather than African-led civil society organisations. Vodacom Foundation will continue the conversation at this year's Trialogue Business in Society Conference. 4 May 2022 Read more

Business can reconnect with its purpose as pandemic restrictions ease
This year's Trialogue Business in Society Conference focuses on reconnection, with keynote speakers that include Professor Thuli Madonsela, Trudi Makhaya, the Reverend Frank Chikane and Mallence Bart-Williams lined up to address vital issues in development and responsible business. 21 Apr 2022 Read more

How companies can embed human rights in their organisations
The World Economic Forum says human rights should find a permanent place in the boardroom, but companies often fail to make this key risk a priority. In fact, the private sector has a poor track record when it comes to human rights, according to the 2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB). Almost half the companies assessed faced at least one serious allegation relating to human rights, and there is a disconnect between company commitments and actual performance and results. 5 Apr 2022 Read more

Introducing a pragmatic guide to climate risk for business leaders
Although climate-related risks are among the top three global risks identified by the World Economic Forum over the next decade, many business leaders find it difficult to identify the information they need to help them mitigate this risk. There is a lot of theory to digest, but few practical guides to show companies where and how to start. 8 Mar 2022 Read more

How ESG and social investment trends will affect the future of CSI in South Africa
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles provide a broad framework for looking at a company's impact on society. 7 Mar 2022 Read more

Survey finds volunteering programmes are a vital component of good corporate citizenship
Pandemic lockdowns and the need for social distancing caused employee volunteering to decline in 2020 - but nine out of ten employees are keen to volunteer in future. This is according to research conducted by corporate responsibility consultancy Trialogue and employee volunteering platform forgood. 11 Feb 2022 Read more

Every milestone counts on Absa's sustainability journey
On 6 May 2021, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) issued a statement saying they were poised to award credit in the amount of $150m to Johannesburg-based Absa Group, in what they labelled as "Africa's first certified green loan". This finance would bolster the bank's funding for green projects and strengthen its position as a leader in financing renewable projects in South Africa. 27 Jan 2022 Read more

Helping business transition to net zero
There are significant opportunities for businesses making the transition to a net zero future, but the private sector needs to accelerate its understanding of new codes, standards and frameworks, and integrate these into business models and governance frameworks, before these can be explored. 20 Dec 2021 Read more

Business leaders must declare 'zero tolerance' for GBV
Gender-based violence (GBV) should be viewed as a human rights issue by South African companies, who have a vital role to play in eradicating the terrible scourge that is currently gripping our country. Given that businesses operate within society and form a part of the social fabric, companies are far from immune to the social ills that plague our country and should therefore play a strategic role in seeking a solution to these problems. 6 Dec 2021 Read more

South African companies spent R10.3bn on CSI in 2021
South African companies spent an estimated R10.3 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in the 221 financial year. Representing a 7% decrease in real terms from R10.7 billion in 2020. This is according to CSI consultancy Trialogue, which released its findings in the newly published 24th edition of the annual Trialogue Business in Society Handbook. 1 Dec 2021 Read more

The rise of the 'nursepreneur' scoops prestigious CSI award for Imperial Logistics' Unjani Clinics
Imperial Logstics' Unjani Clinics have been named the winner of the prestigious Trialogue Strategic CSI Award 2021. The award was launched in 2014 to recognise projects that find an ideal balance between delivering social impact and corporate benefit. The award encourages corporate social investment (CSI) practitioners to think more strategically when designing and implementing their programmes. 30 Nov 2021 Read more

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