Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2018 2018-05-03T15:32:28+00:00



Presented in partnership with Nedbank

A growing number of companies are thinking about their CSI more strategically and questioning the long-term impact of their efforts. In 2017, Trialogue’s inaugural research on CSI spend into the social justice and advocacy sector found that 11% of companies supported and less than 1% of CSI expenditure went to the sector.

Conference sessions will explore whether companies should be compelled to help make the societies in which they operate more equitable and sustainable; some of the risks associated with supporting social justice work, and how these can be mitigated.


Presented in partnership with Sasol

Drawing from two decades of research, Trialogue has identified stakeholder interaction as a key trend that will significantly shape the CSI sector, and responsible business more broadly, in the coming years. It is anticipated that companies will support ongoing and robust engagement with government, customers, staff, suppliers and investors. Customer-giving programmes and cause-related marketing is also expected to increase.

Conference sessions will explore how companies can engage with various stakeholders to ensure developmental impact; how employee volunteerism can be equally beneficial for the participating company and society; whether cross-sector collaboration works, and approaches to effective relationship building.


Presented in partnership with Vodacom Foundation

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by disruptive and innovative technologies and trends, has the extraordinary potential to improve efficiency and our quality of life. However, this new era also threatens to deepen global inequality.

Conference sessions will ask how companies can ensure that their technological advancements are human-centric and inclusive; what government should be doing to ensure that particularly the lower-skilled workforce is capacitated to cope with this disruption, and how non-profit organisations can leverage technology to enhance their developmental impact.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100 influential people in 2014, and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016, Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to illuminate South Africa’s democracy.

She was South Africa’s Public Protector for seven years and Founding Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre. Currently resident at Harvard University as an Advanced Leadership Fellow, Thuli Madonsela accepted the Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University with effect from January 2018. She is a Paul Harris Fellow, Tallberg Global Leader, and the recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and the Commonwealth Lawyers Truth and Justice Award, among her innumerable accolades.



Each of the themes will be presented in plenary sessions, followed by three related breakout sessions, offering delegates different levels of engagement:

Practical, or ‘how to’ sessions will include introductory overviews, practical advice and easily-implementable tips on how to include or consider the relevant theme in your day-to-day developmental work. 

Topical sessions will pose difficult and/or controversial questions to panels of experts and encourage robust and interactive debate.

Integrated sessions will challenge corporates to step outside of their traditional CSI thinking, and consider how the broader business can consistently contribute to the development of society.

Click here to download the interim programme


Conference delegates are invited to book five-minute speaking slots to profile their work. Speakers’ Corner will take place in the exhibition area during main conference lunch breaks (1.30 – 2.30pm).

Send a copy of your registration confirmation, along with a 60-word outline of the work that you will be profiling, to Slots will be booked on a first-come basis.


Delegate registration fees

    Early Bird Offer available until 28 Feb Standard Rates from 1 Mar
1 Corporate masterclass only (one-day event)  – R3 000.00
2 Corporate/Government conference attendance only (two-day event) R5 500.00 R7 000.00
3 Corporate/Government conference and masterclass (three-day event) R8 000.00 R9 000.00
4 NPO masterclass attendance only (one-day event)  – R2 000.00
5 NPO conference attendance only (two-day event) R3 500.00 R4 500.00
6 NPO conference and masterclass (three-day event) R5 000.00 R5 500.00

Cost is per delegate excluding 14% VAT which will be added to your total cost.

The following discounts are offered for multiple delegates attending from the same organisation

  • 3 – 5 delegates 5% discount
  • 5 – 8 delegates 10% discount
  • 9 delegates and above 15% discount

Important note: Travel arrangements

Trialogue will not be arranging any travel and accommodation on behalf of delegates.  We have however arranged preferential rates with the Protea Hotel Wanderers, situated on the same property, for any delegate who wishes to make use of this.  Please contact the reservations at The Protea Hotel Wanderers directly on 011 770 5500 or email your requirements to or quoting reference Trialogue Conference in order to receive the preferential rate.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Wanderers

Rates (inclusive of VAT but excluding 1% tourism levy)
Single – R1 460 per person per night (B&B)
Double R1 655 – per room per night (B&B)

For more information about the hotel download the fact sheet

Transport:  Lux Express

The hotel has an in-house shuttle transfer company on their premises, Lux Express.  Should you require any assistance with land travel arrangements, please contact the transfer desk directly on

Travel and accommodation will be for your own account and does not form part of the conference registration fee.




Presented in partnership with The Social Enterprise Academy Africa

For non-profit organisations and CSI practitioners

With approximately 170 000 non-profit organisations registered in South Africa, donor funding is growing increasingly competitive. For many organisations looking to sustain or scale operations, self-generated income is seen as an important piece of the puzzle: a way to increase overall income, as well as to leverage match funding. In fact, according to a recent Trialogue survey, self-generated income accounted for the highest income growth for NPOs.

This practical workshop will enable non-profits to explore financial sustainability through an income-generation model, drawing on best practice from within South Africa and around the world. The session is also highly relevant for CSI practitioners who are interested in funding sustainable models of impact, in order to unlock greater long-term impact.

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Presented in partnership with The Learning Trust

For non-profit organisations 

Join The Learning Trust to master the art of ensuring that your programme leads to its intended outcomes, and be empowered to create continuous opportunities for reflection and learning in your organisation.

This interactive masterclass will define and explore the value of a theory of change and its various applications. Use your theory of change and logic model to develop your monitoring and evaluation framework; learn the difference between monitoring and evaluation and the various types of evaluations, and ultimately unlock the potential of M&E by understanding the insight and opportunity that it presents to improve your work.

The Learning Trust builds the capacity of over 60 community based non-profit organisations in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, and offers focused training, mentoring and ongoing coaching in a variety of organisational development areas.

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Presented by Trialogue

For corporate executives and senior CSI practitioners

Trialogue is pleased to present this masterclass adaptation of its popular CSI training course. Facilitated by co-founder and managing director of Trialogue, Nick Rockey, this session will capacitate corporate executives and senior CSI practitioners to:

  • make sound strategic decisions
  • ensure that CSI projects align with business objectives
  • engage communities and other stakeholders for sustainable impact
  • improve monitoring and evaluation processes
  • effectively communicate and govern CSI

This session will also explore how the sector is expected to evolve and offer tips for ensuring that your company keeps pace.

Delegates will have the unique opportunity to network, share ideas and learn from peers in an interactive environment.


Presented by Bertha Centre

For corporates

Governments and donors seeking to improve the cost-effectiveness of their development spend are increasingly moving away from traditional activity-based funding, to outcomes-based approaches. Approximately $26 billion has been committed to outcomes-based mechanisms in 80 developing countries to date, with further growth expected in coming years.

This masterclass introduces private funders to the rapidly emerging field of outcomes-based financing, with a focus on developing strategies that facilitate the realisation of their social and environmental impact objectives. Delegates will gain familiarity with a range of outcomes-based instruments, including impact bonds, and develop techniques for integrating the instruments into their existing portfolios of work.

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The Trialogue Business in Society Conference promotes thought leadership, collaboration and innovation for more effective development, with emphasis on the integral role of business in society. Join 450 delegates from companies, non-profit organisations, government, academia and media at this industry-leading event.

In addition to the two-day conference, we are also pleased to present a series of pre-conference masterclasses on Monday, 7 May. Discounted rates are available for delegates who register for both.