CSI insights 2017-12-08T10:47:24+00:00


We share lesson and insights from our various knowledge platforms focused on corporate social investment including annual research and curated articles from The Trialogue CSI Handbook, and insights from the Trialogue CSI Conference and the CSI forums.

How employee community involvement can enhance CSI

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , |

Karena Cronin of Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa presented a session at The Trialogue CSI Conference, hosted in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, exploring how employee community involvement (ECI) can enhance CSI. Cronin defined ECI as a “freely given contribution of employee time, skills and energy for the [...]

Communicating CSI

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , |

While most organisations understand that storytelling is the best way to create emotion about their CSI activities, Shani Kay, managing director of the Regency Foundation Networx, says that it can be “quite challenging for businesses to create objective, authentic stories that are credible.” It is important, she says, to understand [...]

Implementation of large-scale renewables in South African communities

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , |

Holle Wlokas, a consultant for the Transformation Energy Trust, is involved with the implementation of large-scale renewable energy projects in South Africa. The organisation is currently working with 102 projects across the country, as government approaches its fifth procurement round. She explained how the projects have to share ownership with [...]

Celebrating strategic CSI

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , |

Strategic CSI is defined as CSI that has positive developmental, as well as business impact (beyond reputational impact). The Trialogue Strategic CSI Award, which recognises projects that exemplify best practice in strategic CSI in South Africa, was presented to Singita in 2015, for their cooking school in the Kruger National Park. At [...]

SOEs’ commitment to economic development

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI, Sustainability|Tags: , , |

“It was Mother Theresa who said that love is not patronising and charity isn’t about pity, it’s about love. Charity and love are the same. Don’t just give money; reach out your hand instead.” These were the opening words of Dr Ben Ngubane, chairman of the board of Eskom Holdings, [...]

Trialogue Donors’ Den provides expert advice on pitching and fundraising

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

Adapted from the internationally acclaimed Dragons’ Den television series, this interactive session, which concluded The Trialogue CSI Conference 2016, gave representatives from three carefully-selected NPOs (St Joseph’s Care and Support Trust, South African National Council for the Blind and The Sozo Foundation) the unique opportunity to pitch a project to a panel of judges, [...]

Conscious giving

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , |

Panellists discussing the concept of conscious giving at the Trialogue CSI Conference, held in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, were asked to define the term. Conscious giving panel (fltr): Gary Shearer, Madam Tobeka Madiba Zuma, Salma Seedat, Taddy Blecher and Thabang Skwambane “It’s active intent – [...]

It’s time to insist on inclusive capitalism

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , |

The current system of capitalism is broken, and for as long as inclusivity is a separate goal to business strategy, nothing is going to change. “The most damning thing about capitalism is that we’ve placed shareholders above all other stakeholders, which means we meet the needs of shareholders at the [...]

CSI in Africa

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , |

CSI practitioners agree that CSI can only work in Africa if the social purpose is tied directly into the goals of the brands themselves. At the Trialogue CSI Conference held in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, the CSI in Africa panel discussed the ways in which three practitioners [...]

Delivering a richer learning experience through ICT

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

A panel at the Trialogue CSI Conference, held in Bryanston on 24 and 25 May 2016, debated the merits of using ICT as a mechanism to deliver education. The panellists all agreed that ICT enhances learning, but that an understanding of the learning context, the teaching pedagogy and the entire [...]

Aligning the Sustainable Development Goals with African citizens’ priorities

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

As governments and development communities set out to achieve the recently-instated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity, an important question is: amidst the goals and targets, what are the priority areas that they should focus on? Speaking at the Trialogue CSI Conference, [...]

Education, life skills and career guidance needed to address unemployment

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , , , |

The mismatch between what employers require and what young people have to offer is contributing to the problem of youth unemployment. Unemployment is one of the key challenges facing South Africa, and particularly South African youth.  A recently released report from Stats SA, entitled The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 [...]


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