Corporate social investment (CSI) has evolved significantly over the past 25 years, from the pre-democratic era through political transition and economic transformation, to the “lost decade” under former president Jacob Zuma, which presented developmental challenges as economic growth achieved between 1994 and 2008 was reversed.

The Covid-19 pandemic had a major socioeconomic effect, and CSI funds were deployed to bolster health and food security outcomes. Trialogue’s primary research indicates that disaster relief was the third most supported cause in 2022 (after education and social and community development), with 71% of companies directing funds to this. As was the case in 2021, more than half of companies supported food security and agriculture interventions.


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