Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019 2019-04-11T16:13:22+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.

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1. Collaboration in education 2019-03-04T16:19:56+00:00

Presented in partnership with Old Mutual Foundation

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. The collaboration in education theme sets out to 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.

2. Managing risks and reputation in development 2019-03-04T16:21:48+00:00

Presented in partnership with Sasol

This theme intends to get 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. This theme will also explore the difference between organisational marketing and meaningful communication with stakeholders.

3. Innovative finance for development impact 2019-03-04T16:20:29+00:00

Presented in partnership with Absa

There are a variety of models that can be used to fund multistakeholder approaches to address a range of socioeconomic challenges. Innovative finance sessions will focus on the impact opportunities from blended finance,understanding alternative credit models and managing risk, the range of innovative finance tools available, how innovative finance can improve organisational sustainability, and how corporates can contribute to strengthening social infrastructure.

4. Building healthy relationships in development 2019-03-04T16:19:13+00:00

Presented in partnership with Vodacom

Interactive sessions under this theme will focus on how traditional donor-recipient relationships can be shifted into more meaningful and supportive partnerships that will help to realise sustainable development. Various aspects of partnerships will be explored, including how to ensure longevity of relationships and how to develop complementary and sound exit strategies. This theme will include a pitching session in which pre-selected NPOs will present their case studies on the successful cross-sector partnerships that they have formed, and how this has strengthened their work. An expert panel will then feedback on the strength of the case studies, as well as how they could be even further enhanced.


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 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.

The following pre-conference masterclasses will take place from 10:00 to 16:00 on Monday, 15 April.



An interactive masterclass presented in partnership with  JET Education Services.

Target audience

Delegates with basic knowledge of monitoring and evaluation. The programme will be set at an intermediate level and is intended for:

  • CSI practitioners who require M&E feedback on project implementation and effectiveness or who may be involved in designing M&E indicators and processes
  • NPOs wishing to improve their M&E processes for internal improvement/learning and reporting back to funders and stakeholders

Key activities

A theoretical overview covering:

  • Key concepts and terms
  • Theory of change
  • A logic model approach and indicators
  • How an M&E plan can be developed and used for corporate reporting
  • The monitoring and evaluation landscape

A practical and interactive session covering:

  • Case studies, focusing on M&E processes, the identification of indicators and development of an actionable M&E plan
  • Discussion on practical issues and challenges that typically confront NPOs and corporates when budgeting and implementing M&E processes


Delegates will gain a contextual understanding of the purpose and application of monitoring and evaluation, as well as insights as to how this can be practically implemented in their own organisations.

A masterclass on corporate shared value, with specific focus on how corporates and NPOs can engage in effective mutually beneficial shared value partnerships, presented by Trialogue in partnership with Louise Driver of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust.

Target audience

Delegates interested in exploring how the concept of shared value could be applied to improve strategic outcomes and sustainability of social programmes. The programme will be set at an intermediate level and is intended for:

  • CSI practitioners who seek to build shared value outcomes through partnerships with NPOs
  • NPOs wishing to identify shared value opportunities that can be used to secure longer term relationships with corporate funders

Key activities

A theoretical overview covering:

  • A background context and rationale for shared value
  • Illustrative examples of successful application of shared value
  • A perspective as to how the shared value concept is and can be applied to social investment activities

A practical and interactive session covering:

  • Three corporate case studies, identifying existing and potential opportunities for shared value, viewed through both a corporate and NPO lens
  • Discussion on issues and experiences that explore the boundaries and constraints encountered when pursuing a shared value strategy


Delegates will gain a contextual understanding of the concept of shared value and how to identify and source key partnerships, as well as gain an understanding of the key elements of a successful corporate shared value partnership.