Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019 2019-02-11T11:58:00+00:00

This industry-leading annual event promotes thought leadership, collaboration and innovation for more effective development, with emphasis on the integral role of business in society.

Join more than 400 corporate, non-profit, government, academic and media delegates at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on 16 and 17 April 2019.



1. Collaboration in education 2019-02-11T11:48:07+00:00

Government spent R351 billion on education in 2018 and 44% of corporate social investment spend, or approximately R4 billion, went to the education sector. Despite significant financial investment and widespread interest in effecting innovation and progress, large-scale and measurable improvements in the sector remain elusive.

This theme, presented in partnership with Old Mutual, will underscore the importance, address the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa.

Plenary session:

  • Collaboration in education (panel discussion)

Breakout sessions:

  • The ‘how to’ of coordinated collaboration in education Practical session
  • Should advocacy form part of a collaborative strategy? Topical session
  • Lessons from national pooled funding initiatives: The National Education Collaboration Trust and the Public Health Enhancement Fund Case studies
2. Managing risks and reputations in development 2019-02-11T11:49:28+00:00

In 2018, 56% of non-profit organisations (NPOs) surveyed by Trialogue reported having risk management plans in place, while 53% of companies said that it was a prerequisite for NPOs to access funding. These are relatively low rates, despite the vast number of risks that can hinder effective delivery of social impact in the development sector – including logistical challenges, fraud, reputational risk, corruption, arson, war, political obstacles, procurement issues, natural disasters and more. – Nozuko Nkumanda, Risk management in development, Trialogue Business in Society Handbook 2019

This theme, presented in partnership with Sasol, will encourage delegates from the corporate and non-profit sectors to reassess their own organisational preparedness to respond to the risks and manage their reputations in the often high-risk development arena.

Plenary sessions:

  • Good governance: The key to building – and keeping – a good reputation TRI Talk
  • How purposeful business can help to prevent reputational damage TRI Talk

Breakout sessions:

  • What could go wrong? Guidelines for implementing risk management in development Practical session
  • Managing risks and reputations in employee volunteer programmes Topical session
  • More than marketing: Stakeholder relations that build brands Case studies
3. Innovative finance for development impact 2019-02-11T11:53:21+00:00

Innovative financing is not limited to debt, equity or grant funding. It is a flexible framework that tweaks existing financial and funding tools – or, if necessary, creates entirely new ones – with the intention of maximising social and environmental impact. – Natasha Sucheki, Innovative financing: Why it’s time to change the way we change the world, Trialogue Business in Society Handbook 2019

This theme, presented in partnership with Absa, will explore the variety of models which can be used to fund multistakeholder approaches to address a range of socioeconomic challenges.

Plenary sessions:

  • Enabling growth through innovative finance TRI Talk
  • Understanding the impact opportunities from blended finance TRI Talk
  • Understanding alternative credit models and managing risk TRI Talk
  • The range of innovative finance tools available TRI Talk

Breakout sessions:

  • How innovative finance has improved our sustainability Practical session
  • How can corporates contribute to strengthening social infrastructure? Topical session
  • Social impact bond for job creation Case study
4. Ensuring women’s equitable access to opportunity (TBC) 2019-02-11T11:52:27+00:00

To be confirmed.


Each theme will be presented in plenary sessions, followed by three related breakout sessions, offering delegates different levels of engagement.

  • Practical or ‘how to’ sessions will include overviews, practical advice and easily-implementable tips on how to include the relevant theme in your day-to-day work.
  • Topical sessions will pose interesting questions to expert panels, encouraging robust and interactive debate.
  • Case study sessions will unpack the successes, challenges and key lessons from collaborative development projects being run under the relevant themes.

Exhibits and networking

In addition to networking opportunities throughout the event, the conference programme also includes a cocktail event on the evening of 16 April.

Development-related organisations are invited to exhibit at the conference. However, there are limited spaces available and stands are assigned on a first-come basis. Please email for more information.


Albie Sachs is an activist and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa (1994–2009). He began practising as an advocate at the Cape Bar at the age of 21, defending people charged under the racial statutes and security laws of apartheid. After being arrested and placed in solitary confinement for over five months, Sachs went into exile in England, where he completed a PhD from Sussex University. In 1988, he lost his right arm and his sight in one eye when a bomb was placed in his car in Maputo, Mozambique. After the bombing, he devoted himself to the preparations for a new democratic constitution for South Africa. When he returned home from exile, he served as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress.

He is the author of several books, including The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law and We, the People: Insights of an activist judge. His latest book is Oliver Tambo’s Dream.

Sachs has travelled to many countries sharing his experiences in order to help heal divided societies.

Photo: Steve Gordon

Conference Chairperson

Thabang Skwambane (FCB)

Full list of speakers coming soon.

Conference rates (ex VAT)

Book by 28 February 2019 to take advantage of our early bird rates

  • Corporate and government delegates: R6 000
  • NPO delegates: R3 500

Bookings from 1 March

  • Corporate and government delegates: R7 000
  • NPO delegates: R4 500

Travel and accommodation

Conference delegates will receive preferential rates at The Protea Hotel Wanderers, subject to availability at the time of booking. Call +27 11 770 5500 or email and quote the booking code ‘TRI’ to qualify. Please note that Trialogue does not manage any delegate travel or accommodation bookings.

What does the registration fee include?

Two-day conference pass, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments and parking

Can I attend one day only?

A delegate cannot register for one day only. In special circumstances an alternative representative may attend the second day, but this needs to be agreed beforehand, once registration has been confirmed and settled in full. Email for more information.

Is there a discount for a group booking?

Yes, a booking for more than three or more delegates qualifies for a 7.5% discount. Bookings of five or more delegates qualify for a 10% discount.

How do I go about registering multiple delegates for one organisation?

Although we offer a group discount, it is not possible for multiple delegates from one organisation to register on a single application form. Each delegate must register individually, ticking the box that asks ‘Is this part of a group booking?’. Our finance team will then get in touch and arrange to issue one tax invoice, reflecting the relevant discount.

Can I cancel my registration?

Our terms and conditions are displayed above the ‘register now’ button on the online registration form and every delegate is required to tick that they have read and understood the terms and conditions before they can register.

  • All cancellations or changes to delegate names must be submitted in writing to
  • Telephonic cancellations and changes will not be accepted.
  • Payment must be made before registration can be guaranteed. If payment is not received within 14 days of booking/invoice attendance will be automatically be cancelled.
  • Cancellations up to 15 March 2019 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee and cancellations thereafter will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee. No refund will be given.
  • A delegate name may be changed up until 3 April 2019.
  • ‘No show’ of delegates will be subject to full payment.