Sustainability Insights 2017-12-08T10:45:57+00:00


These are articles written by our Trialogue colleagues, associates and guest writers giving insight into issues that impact on business and society. Tips on effectively managing sustainability in your business, the latest annual corporate reporting trends, the role of the Social and Ethics Committee, curated articles, and more…

QnA: Adrian Bertrand

By | May 21st, 2015|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: |

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) is an international network of investors working to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Adrian Bertrand, recently appointed Head of Africa Network for the UNPRI and formerly responsible for sustainability issues at the Government Employees Pension Fund of South [...]

Ethics and the new ROI

By | May 20th, 2015|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: |

There is a sound business case for the proactive management of ethics as a strategic advantage. What’s more, acting on this business case can allow organisations to access the ROI − or return on integrity − that flows from making an investment in ethics. Download the full article [PSF, 93 [...]

Sustainability through the media lens

By | May 19th, 2015|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: |

Trialogue presents our latest analysis of how the sustainability landscape is shaping up in South Africa, highlighting corporate actions the media considers newsworthy. Based on a study on reporting carried out by media analysts Media Tenor, it shows a disconnect between media coverage and the environmental, social and governance issues that companies [...]

The power of purpose in branding

By | May 18th, 2015|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: |

Sustainability is about building businesses and societies that can sustain themselves into the future with operating models that endure rather than burn out. Not only is sustainability important to your business, but it also matters to consumers and potential employees. That is why building sustainability into your brand can potentially [...]

Sustainability codes, standards and guidelines

By | June 17th, 2014|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: |

Over the years, a number of frameworks, standards and codes have been developed in response to various business needs and stakeholder concerns. Each successively rolled-out standard or code is built on established principles to assist organisations in refining sustainability embedment and reporting processes. Does this evolution make it easier for [...]

The 2014 Trialogue Annual Sustainability Review

By | June 10th, 2014|Categories: Sustainability|

  Thriving in the long term (Editor's note) Over the past ten years, the corporate sustainability imperative has firmly taken hold. The timeline of significant developments presented in this publication demonstrates the pace at which new demands are being placed on companies. Sustainability is no longer the domain of progressive [...]

Introducing the G4 Guidelines

By | August 21st, 2013|Categories: Sustainability|

By revising the reporting process, the G4 aims to focus company decision-makers on the core issues within their organisations, rather than treat reporting as the ‘tick box’exercise that characterised G3 reporting. All reports published after 31 December 2015 are urged to comply with G4 using the following set of guidelines: [...]

Editor's note – Sustainability Review Issue 13: August 2013

By | August 20th, 2013|Categories: Sustainability|

This supplement describes itself as ‘The quarterly review of sustainability in South African business’. As little as five years ago, the use of the word ‘sustainability’ in the context of business prompted most people in the corporate world to think of environmental responsibility. Climate change loomed large – as it [...]

An eye on the future – Sustainability education (Sustainability Review Issue 13: Aug 2013)

By | August 20th, 2013|Categories: Sustainability|

As the debate around creating long term sustainable value rather than short term economic value gains momentum, management and directors alike are having to come to grips with the impact and importance of sustainability on their businesses. To keep up to speed, here’s a selection of sustainability courses to suit [...]

Brand Pretorius – Hard headed about results, gentle hearted about people (Sustainability Review Issue 12: May 2013)

By | May 11th, 2013|Categories: Sustainability|

Retired CEO of McCarthy Limited and author of In the Driving Seat: Lessons in Leadership, Brand Pretorius, encourages leaders to invest in people and create an ethical culture.  “The essence of human purpose is to make a difference; this also applies to companies.” Brand Pretorius, respected ex-CEO of McCarthy Limited, [...]


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