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.

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 [...]

The business imperative for engaging the Sustainable Development Goals

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|Tags: , |

Kindly hosted at Ster Kinekor’s offices in Johannesburg, on 7 February and Johnson & Johnson’s offices in Cape Town, on 9 February 2017 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) came into effect on 1 January 2016, aiming to end poverty, protect the planet [...]

Zero growth in total corporate expenditure on social development in 2015/16

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: CSI|Tags: , , , , |

Companies and state-owned enterprises in South Africa spent R8.6 billion, in total, on social development in the country in 2015/16 – representing a 6% increase in nominal growth from the previous year. This growth is in line with inflation over the review period, reflecting zero growth in real terms. This, [...]

Communicating CSI – the last Trialogue CSI Forum of 2016

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums, Media Insights|Tags: , |

Kindly hosted at Volkswagen’s offices in Johannesburg, on 8 November and Sanlam’s offices in Cape Town, on 10 November Effective communication is crucial for fostering an organisation’s positive public profile. Companies often prioritise the marketing and advertising of their products and services, but struggle to communicate their CSI work. The [...]

Can CSI act as a developmental ‘change agent’?

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|Tags: , , , , |

Kindly hosted at Investec’s offices in Johannesburg, on 23 August, and Old Mutual’s offices in Cape Town, on 25 August 2016 Trialogue’s recent quarterly CSI Forum discussed the potential and need for CSI to act as a ‘change agent’, to influence lead practice and activities of other role-players in a [...]

CSI Forum on Employee Volunteerism Programmes (EVPs)

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: CSI, CSI Forums|Tags: |

Kindly hosted at FirstRand’s offices in Johannesburg, on 21 June 2016 Employee volunteerism programmes (EVPs) refer to any formal or organised company support for employees who wish to give of their money, time and/or skills in service of the community. Trialogue hosted its quarterly CSI Forum to discuss the benefits [...]


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