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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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

First day of CSI conference highlights collaboration

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: CSI, Media Insights, Newsletter|

During the first day of Trialogue’s annual CSI conference, speakers, panelists and delegates explored developments in the field of corporate social investment (CSI) and shared lessons from successful interventions. The two-day conference being held in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May has brought together more than 450 delegates from corporates, [...]

Trialogue CSI Conference to explore how collaboration can enhance impact in development

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: CSI, Media Insights|Tags: , , |

Businesses spent R8.1 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in South Africa during the 2014/15 financial year, but what kind of impact did this spend have? This year’s Trialogue CSI Conference, themed Collaboration for Impact, will explore how, if effectively strategised and supported through mutually beneficial partnerships, CSI spend can contribute [...]

2014 Trialogue CSI conference outcomes

By | July 6th, 2014|Categories: CSI|

This year, South Africa celebrates twenty years of freedom. Many dreams have been realised, but in many ways the struggle continues. Making CSI Matter 2014 explored themes relating to the maturity of our young democracy. For  PowerPoint presentations from the Making CSI Matter 2014 plenary sessions visit our SlideShare account. For [...]