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Enter the Trialogue Strategic CSI Award 2015

Entries close 31 July 2015

Strategic CSI aims to achieve both positive developmental impacts and significant business benefits. In 2015 Trialogue will again recognise companies leading in strategic CSI.

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Trialogue Funders Guide

New publication! November 2015

Trialogue's newest addition to the CSI Handbook collection. The Trialogue Funders Guide, due to be published in November 2015, is as the name suggests: a guide for funders cataloguing the all-important details and information of South Africa’s NPOs and NGOs.

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The Trialogue Funders Guide to social development in South Africa

This new addition to Trialogue’s collection of trusted publications will connect funders to NPOs. Make sure your organisation is represented.
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Trialogue CSI Handbook

Now in its 17th edition, the Trialogue CSI Handbook is the authoritative guide to corporate social investment in South Africa.
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About Trialogue

Trialogue is one of only a few consultancies in South Africa that focus exclusively on corporate responsibility issues. Over 17 years of experience puts us at the forefront of new developments in sustainability and corporate social investment (CSI).

We share our knowledge through our publications, conferences, training programmes and forums, use our expertise to support clients through our consulting and reporting services. From our offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, we serve clients across South Africa.

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Our publications

Our publications track trends and innovations in CSI and corporate sustainability. The annual Trialogue CSI Handbook is the industry standard for insights, researched trends and best practice in CSI. We also undertake research and publish thought leadership in the annual Trialogue Sustainability Review (the Financial Mail supplement).

Our events

We host a number of events each year, including the popular annual Trialogue CSI Conference, quarterly CSI forums and regular CSI training, as well as bi-monthly sustainability forums in partnership with EY. These events provide practitioners valuable opportunities to meet, network, debate and stay abreast of the latest CSI and sustainability trends and thinking.

Corporate consulting

Our corporate consulting services give companies the strategic support necessary to conduct business with a positive impact. Our offerings are tailored to clients’ unique experiences, needs and budgets. They support sustainability and CSI initiatives at all stages from strategy formulation and implementation to project reviews and reporting.

Corporate reporting

We produce integrated, sustainability and CSI reports for companies, providing a full reporting service, from structuring, information gathering and writing to design, print and delivery.

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Sustainability consulting

We assist our clients in developing effective sustainability strategies and management systems, providing guidance on all aspects of developing, communicating and implementing sustainability approaches.

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CSI consulting

We support our clients in making their CSI more effective through our end-to-end consulting process, which covers CSI strategy development and implementation, project selection and programme measurement and evaluation.

More about CSI consulting | Buy the CSI Handbook

Recent publications, events and projects

Compiling Sanlam’s 2014 Sustainability Report

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Building on the work Trialogue has done with Sanlam in developing a framework for managing its material issues, Trialogue undertook to compile and write Sanlam’s […]

OUTCOMES: Trialogue CSI Conference 2015

In 2015, at the 8th Trialogue CSI Conference, we called on development practitioners to Make It Different: to create change by embracing innovation and learning […]

Trialogue Strategic CSI Award 2015

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Trialogue launched this award in 2014 to recognise CSI projects in South Africa that exemplify best practice in strategic CSI. Strategic CSI aims to both increase the competitiveness of the business and improve social conditions.

EY Trialogue Sustainability Forum, Feb 2015: Responsible investment

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Institutional investors in South Africa are beginning to incorporate environmental, social and governance considerations into their investment strategies.

Trialogue CSI Forum, Feb 2015: Trialogue’s CSI Reporting Barometer

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In 2014 Trialogue researched company reporting on CSI and socio-economic development for those 72 South African companies that were listed on the JSE’s 2013 Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index.

Conveying Regiments’ ten-year journey

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Regiments, a financial services firm, approached Trialogue in 2014 for help with compiling and producing its second integrated annual report.

Exploring the impact of Vodacom’s flagship education programme

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Vodacom’s 2013 foundation spend for the group was R83 million, the largest portion of which went towards Vodacom's mobile education programme in South Africa.

Strengthening CSI strategy and M & E at Mercedes-Benz SA

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Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) engaged Trialogue’s services to help the company re-evaluate its CSI strategy and to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices with two of its flagship projects.

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Latest insights and media

  • fish, food security, safety net

Diversifying NPO income streams with crowdfunding

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

By Denise Archer

Crowdfunding provides a valuable alternative to traditional funding approaches. So how can NPOs harness this method to support their work? At the Trialogue CSI […]

  • education, learners, teacher

South Africa’s renewable energy plan needs a close eye

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Lucy Baker, University of Sussex

South Africa has become one of the leading destinations for renewable energy investment with an estimated R193 billion already committed. But […]

  • informal housing, living conditions

Put a monetary value on dignity? Here’s why you should.

June 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

“But I mean, can you honestly say that you would put a monetary value on dignity?”
That was the astonished question I was asked by an […]

  • Cooking woman,Enterprise development

From charity to BBBEE beneficiary

June 12th, 2015|0 Comments

A workshop by Transcend held in Johannesburg on 4 May 2015
Trialogue has seen phenomenal growth in corporate social investment (CSI) in the last decade, with research […]

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How can we help

To find out how Trialogue can support your sustainability and/or CSI functions, contact Nick (nick@trialogue.co.za, 021 671 1640) or Cathy (cathy@trialogue.co.za, 011 026 1308).
Buy the latest edition of The Trialogue CSI Handbook and Sustainability Review in print or digital format. NPOs receive a 30% discount. Limited back issues also available.
To register for The Trialogue CSI Conference, contact Vanessa (vsampson@trialogue.co.za, 021 671 1640).

To be added to the invite list for our Trialogue CSI Forums (corporate practitioners only) or the EY Trialogue Sustainability Forums contact Mahlo (mahlo@trialogue.co.za, 011 026 1308).

Read articles written by Trialogue giving insight into issues that impact business and society. This includes articles published in The Financial Mail supplement, the Trialogue Sustainability Review, and the annual Trialogue CSI Handbook. You can also find our press releases and other media appearances here.
If you would like to advertise in any of our publications, or if you are interested in sponsoring one of our events, please contact Karen (karen@trialogue.co.za, 021 671 1640).
Talk to us on our social media platforms where we share info on our events and publications and other interesting news:
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We offer a work environment that encourages self-initiative, guided by high-level structures, tested methodologies and clearly defined goals. We typically work in teams and come together easily to share problems, probe issues and ask questions. Learning is an ongoing process at Trialogue. If this interests you, read more on the careers section.

We support hundreds of companies across multiple industries

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Individual client consulting and reporting engagements in 2014
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Organisations profiled in the 2014 The Trialogue CSI Handbook and Annual Sustainability Review
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Delegates attended our CSI Forum discussions in 2014
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Delegates attended the Trialogue EY sustainability forums in 2014

What our clients say

For the 2005 and 2006 reporting year, Santam engaged Trialogue to compile a comprehensive sustainability report for inclusion in the annual report. In a way these efforts, to start integrating sustainability issues within the broader business strategy, was ahead of its time. Today the philosophy of Integrated Reporting is reasonably well established and Trialogue’s earlier innovative initiatives have been proved visionary.

More specifically, from an assurance point of view, the 2006 report included statements from stakeholders that indicated their satisfaction with the issues that were raised in the report. To my mind this was ground-breaking at the time and indicate Trialogue’s expertise, capability and creativity.

Neil Slabbert, Manager: Internal Audit, Santam
As the head of Group communications and reporting, I engaged Trialogue to write our sustainability report in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Over this period, Bidvest increasingly integrated sustainability issues into the core of business reporting and in 2010 and 2011 won the Ernst & Young Sustainability Reporting Awards. Trialogue, and Rob Worthington-Smith in particular, delivered excellent work, adopting our simple, straight-forward, writing style, grasping our diverse business issues and delivering our message consistently, simply, elegantly and on-time.

Trialogue are leading thinkers at the forefront of new developments in integrated reporting and I would have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Jack Hochfeld, Group Corporate Communications, Bidvest Group Limited