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.

Save the date: Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: CSI, Events, Featured|

Due to national elections scheduled for May 2019, our industry-leading conference is scheduled for 16 and 17 April, with pre-conference workshops on 15 April. Registration and programme details will be available early in 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!

Insights from The Trialogue Business in Society Handbook 2018

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Business in Society 2018, CSI, Featured|Tags: |

Companies spent an estimated R9.7 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in South Africa in 2018 – a 7% year-on-year increase in rand terms (2017: R9.1 billion) and, taking inflation into account, the first real increase in five years, according to Trialogue’s 2018 research into the state of CSI in [...]

Supporting functional literacy at foundation phase

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums, Events, Featured|Tags: |

At the Trialogue CSI Forum, presented in partnership with Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) in November 2018, companies and literacy-focused NPOs discussed the type of support that is required to ensure effective early stage literacy interventions. Findings from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 2016 (PIRLS) sent shock waves through [...]

Working with Government

By | September 16th, 2018|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|

Kindly hosted by Tsogo Sun, at Garden Court in Sandton City, Johannesburg, on 28 August and SunSquare in Cape Town on 30 August 2018 CSI practitioners know all too well that partnering with government is essential for sustaining and scaling development initiatives. The August Trialogue CSI forums discussed approaches and [...]

KING IV: Reinforcing good governance

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: CSI, Media Insights, Uncategorised|Tags: |

The King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa 2016 is an update of King III, aligning it with international governance codes, best practice and shifts towards inclusive and integrated capitalism. It takes into account increased compliance requirements for effective governing bodies, new governance structures, such as Social and [...]

Enter the 2018 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award by 27 July

By | March 10th, 2018|Categories: CSI, Featured, Newsletter|

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. Previous winners Eskom Development Foundation received the Award in 2016, for [...]

Strengthening Civil Society Resilience

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: CSI, Featured|

In his latest policy brief, Prof William Gumede suggests ways to create a more sustainable and effective civil society landscape in South Africa. Here, he elaborates on the organisational agility, leadership and partnerships required to do so. What is the state of traditional civil society funding in South Africa? With South [...]

Embracing advocacy to drive real change

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: CSI, Featured|

Social justice work advocates for fair distribution of resources, equitable access to Constitutional rights, public and private accountability, and the strengthening of democracy. Chief executive officer of the Social Justice Initiative (SJI), Bongiwe Mlangeni, examines why corporate social investment in South Africa will be forced to expand its sphere of [...]

Maths and Science Education on the Trialogue Knowledge Hub

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: CSI, Featured|

What innovative teaching programmes are making a difference in under-resourced schools? And how relevant are global educational rankings to local conditions? These are just some of the topics addressed on a free online knowledge hub that offers extensive information on improving maths and science education in South African schools. The [...]

Demystifying monitoring and evaluation

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: CSI, Featured, Newsletter|

For most development practitioners, the term ‘monitoring and evaluation’ (M&E) doesn’t require an extensive introduction. The importance of organisational measurement cannot be overstated in the world of CSI, in which millions of rands are spent annually on social development programmes that yield little systemic change or sustained impact. Drawing from her extensive experience, Jennifer Bisgard, co-founder [...]

CSI Forum: School Leadership

By | September 20th, 2017|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|

Kindly hosted at Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Newlands hotel in Cape Town, on 24 August and Volkswagen South Africa’s offices in Johannesburg, on 25 August 2017 Considerable government spend (R320.5 billion in 2017) and the lion’s share of total CSI spend (48%, or approximately R4.1 billion in 2016) does not [...]


These stats of CSI spend in South Africa is from the 2018 @trialogue Business in Society handbook: trialogue.co.za/publications/… twitter.com/ShireenMotara/…