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 [...]

Ensuring reliable non-financial data

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: Sustainability|

Interview by Cathy Duff Although not compulsory, an increasing number of companies in South Africa use independent third parties to assure their non-financial indicators and reports. Jeremy Grist, head of Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY, explains why this is so and what is involved. Why should companies assure [...]

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 [...]

What does an effective EVP look like?

By | March 19th, 2014|Categories: Sustainability|

The session opened with a look at trends in employee volunteerism, based on Trialogue’s research on the topic from 2007 and 2013. Desiree Story of FirstRand Volunteers gave some insight into implementation, gleaned from the company’s ‘Beyond Painting Classrooms’ engagements. Attendees looked at what types of volunteering are most commonly [...]


Almost two-thirds of companies (62%) reported increased CSI expenditure in 2018. A quarter of companies (24%) reported decreased expenditure, up from 19% in 2017. Download the latest #BusinessinSociety Handbook:…