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…

Integrated Reporting: For the shareholders' interest

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

Integrated reporting promises to measure the intrinsic value of companies and thereby become a vital tool for the stakeholder group that holds the financial purse-strings-the company’s shareholders.How well are today’s integrated reports measuring up to expectations? Anyone who has read annual reports for the last decade or two will have noticed [...]

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, [...]

Water – we’re all in it together (Sustainability Review Issue 12: May 2013)

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

Water, energy and food are interlinked: impacts in one area affect the other two. This relationship is particularly evident in Lephalale, the impoverished, water-stressed area where Eskom is building its Medupi power station. Business can learn from how Eskom is collaborating with government and other businesses to manage water, a [...]

What is responsible investment? (Sustainability Review Issue 12: May 2013)

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

In seeking to respond to increasing pressure for ‘responsible investment’, various financial services players are looking for a yardstick that can inform sound investment decisions as well as influence corporate behaviour. Here we unpack some of the issues. There is a subtle difference between responsible investment and investing for societal [...]


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:…