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…

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, [...]

Media monitor: August 2012 – State of change

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

The Trialogue/Media Tenor Sustainability Coverage Monitor (SCM) has picked up increased media coverage – trending to positive – of State-owned enterprises in the second quarter of 2012. As South Africa ramps up its ambitious infrastructure plans, we’re likely to see more scrutiny of this sector. Download the August 2012 Trialogue/Media [...]

Media monitor: May 2012 – Look who's talking

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

The Sustainability Monitor recorded an uptick in coverage of human resource management and external stakeholder issues, as strikes and retrenchments rocked industries from banking to mining. This quarter also sees us analysing the profiles of CEOs in the media. Download the May 2012 Trialogue/Media Tenor Sustainability Coverage Monitor.

Media monitor: February 2012 – The relationships behind the numbers

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

Banks garnered the most sustainability coverage as the economic crisis wore on through 2011. Companies that received the most media space communicated around relationships with customers and business partners, as the effort to rebuild trust and confidence became a key strategic focus for business. Download the February 2012 Trialogue/Media Tenor [...]

Third quarterly Sustainability Review of 2010 (supplement to the Financial Mail)

By | March 12th, 2013|Categories: Sustainability|

This issue highlights the following: Global warming; the ICT sector; creating a culture of sustainability. It also looks back over the news of the third quarter of 2010, and tracks corporate sustainability reputations based on exposure in the mainstream media. SR_Issue3_Complete SR3_Global warming: Things are hotting up SR3_Reflecting on the [...]