Strategic CSI is defined as corporate social investment that has significant developmental impact, as well as a positive impact on the business, beyond reputation. Trialogue invites companies to enter their strategic CSI projects for consideration for the 2018 Award.
Eskom Development Foundation received the Award in 2016, for its Contractor Academy, which has facilitated the upskilling of historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, particularly youth and black women, to actively compete in the economy and improve the quality of businesses that Eskom can procure from.
In 2017, the Award was conferred on Clover Mama Afrika for its support and upskilling of female community leaders nationwide. Launched in 2004, the programme provides training in skills such as cooking, baking, sewing, welding and food gardening. The ‘mamas’ pass these skills onto others in their communities, and also receive the necessary equipment and infrastructure to create local industry centres, based on their honed skills.
Entries are judged independently, by Dr Stan Hardman, programme designer at The Leadership Dialogue, who develops and manages specialist programmes in leadership development; and Anthony Wilson-Prangley, who lectures at the Gordon Institute of Business Science on leading social change. Each entry is judged against objectives, social benefits and corporate benefits.
The 2018 winner can look forward to a complimentary double-page spread in the upcoming Business in Society Handbook, worth R80 000, as well as extensive media coverage. The Clover Mama Afrika project received media profiling worth nearly R400 000.
Enter by 12 July 2018
Submit your completed entry form to Mahlo Maku by 12 July 2018: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her on 011 026 1308 for more information.