Trialogue Business in Society Conference to tackle latest trends in strategic corporate giving


14 March 2018

Delegates at South Africa’s annual responsible business gathering – The Trialogue Business
In Society Conference – can look forward to an inspirational speaker line-up addressing on-
trend themes ranging from social justice and stakeholder interaction, to harnessing
innovative yet disruptive technologies for inclusive growth.
The keynote address will be presented by the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, now
Chair in Social Justice in the Law Faculty of Stellenbosch University. Bonang Mohale, CEO
of Business Leadership South Africa, will also share insights at this leading industry event.
“Business has a decisive role to play in growing an inclusive economy that reflects the
values of our constitution,” says Trialogue MD Nick Rockey.
“In the context of a new president, a bold Budget and renewed commitment to addressing
corruption, this conference ‒ our eleventh ‒ offers the ideal opportunity to meet key thought
leaders and ensure delegates are up to date with the current opportunities and expectations
for business in society.”
The conference attracts about 450 corporate, non-profit, government and academic leaders
Priya Naik, CEO of Samhita (a social enterprise that collaborates with companies to develop
impactful corporate social responsibility initiatives) will provide insight on how companies in
India are helping to address issues of inequality.
Dion Chang, innovator and trends analyst from Flux Trends, will discuss what companies
and non-profit organisations (NPOs) can do to ensure inclusive growth in the Fourth
Industrial Revolution. Other speakers include noted author and chairperson of the
Democracy Works Foundation, Professor William Gumede, and Mark Heywood, executive
director of the public interest law centre, Section 27.
New conference offerings this year include a speakers’ corner ‒ delegates are invited to
book five-minute speaking slots to profile their work during main conference lunch breaks.
Pre-conference masterclasses will also be held on 7 May. Topics are capacity-building and
income-generation for NPOs, and corporate social investment training and outcomes-based
financing for corporate and government representatives.
The conference is presented in partnership with Nedbank, Vodacom Foundation, Sasol,
MTN Foundation, Transnet, Eskom Development Foundation, Old Mutual, P&G, VW South
Africa and MMI Foundation.
The conference will be held at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on 8 and 9 May.
For more information, visit society-
conference-2018/ or email


(1) SUPPORTING SOCIAL JUSTICE (Presented in partnership with Nedbank)
A growing number of companies are thinking about their CSI more strategically and
questioning the long-term impact of their efforts. Conference sessions will explore whether
companies should be compelled to help make the societies in which they operate more
equitable and sustainable; some of the risks associated with supporting social justice work,
and how these can be mitigated.
with Sasol)
Trialogue has identified stakeholder interaction as a key trend that will significantly shape the
CSI sector, and responsible business more broadly, in the coming years. It is anticipated that
companies will support ongoing and robust engagement with government, customers, staff,
suppliers and investors. Customer-giving programmes and cause-related marketing is also
expected to increase. Conference sessions will explore how companies can engage with
various stakeholders to ensure developmental impact; how employee volunteerism can be
equally beneficial for the participating company and society; whether cross-sector
collaboration works, and approaches to effective relationship building.
partnership with Vodacom Foundation)
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, defined by disruptive and innovative technologies and
trends, has the extraordinary potential to improve efficiency and our quality of life. However,
this new era also threatens to deepen global inequality. Conference sessions will ask how
companies can ensure that their technological advancements are human-centric and
inclusive; what government should be doing to ensure that particularly the lower-skilled
workforce is capacitated to cope with this disruption, and how non-profit organisations can
leverage technology to enhance their developmental impact.
Trialogue has been a leader in the fields of corporate sustainability and CSI since 1999. It is
a 51% black-owned company and the Southern African local authority of the CECP Global
Exchange, which empowers corporations to be a force for good in society. Trialogue is one
of only a few consultancies in South Africa that focus exclusively on corporate responsibility
issues. The company has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg and shares its
knowledge through publications (the Trialogue Business in Society Handbook), its annual
conference, training programmes and forums, consulting and reporting services. See
Issued by: Meropa Communications
On behalf of: Trialogue
Contact: Judy Bryant 021 6836464 | 083 2867168 |