Experts to tackle socio-economic issues at business in society conference
Innovative solutions to South Africa’s socio-economic challenges could be found at the tenth annual Trialogue Business in Society Conference in Johannesburg this month (16-17 May). The forum aims to enable companies, government, civil society organisations, parastatals and individuals to better help citizens reach their full potential.
This event – with renowned local and international thought leaders ‒ will take place at the Wanderers Club. The keynote speaker is Graça Machel, international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and founder of the Graça Machel Trust.
South African corporate social investment (CSI) spend was R8,6 billion in 2015/16, says Nick Rockey, MD of Trialogue. This consultancy, with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, has been at the forefront of developments in sustainability and CSI for over 17 years.
The conference topics will include, but not be limited to, national and global trends in corporate philanthropy; funding social justice; managing and meeting community expectations; information and communications technology for development and in education; social media for social impact; and fundraising tips from corporate donors.
A line-up of more than 50 inspiring speakers includes:
- Allon Raiz, founder and CEO of Raizcorp business incubator, which supports more than 500 businesses;
- Mark Tulay, Director of Strategic Investor Initiative at CECP in New York, a CEO-led coalition empowering corporations to be a force for good in society;
- Nozipho January-Bardill, senior adviser to the United Nations Women’s Organisation and the United Nations Global Compact;
- Thabang Chiloane, Executive Head, Nedbank Group Public Affairs;
- Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer of Vodacom Business; and
- Steph Prinsloo, Programme Manager, Eskom Development Foundation.
Nearly half (48%) of local CSI spending in 2015/16 was allocated to the education sector, followed by social and community development (15%), and health (9%). The majority of leading corporations have three or more flagship projects, which they have supported for more than three years.
“While our challenges in South Africa are undeniable, companies have been consistent in their effort to alleviate social problems and make a difference,” says Rockey.
Leading CSI participants are showing that by leveraging company resources and capability, innovating and driving social change, the impact achieved can be far greater than the magnitude of the contribution. The conference aims to highlight such practices, he says.
“We call on companies, non-profit organisations (NPOs), government, academia and media to get together and share insights, case studies and lessons. The conference will be a timely opportunity to engage with social entrepreneurs, resource mobilisers, government, academics and leaders of some of South Africa’s most prominent foundations.”
Sponsors include Eskom Development Foundation, Nedbank, Vodacom Foundation, MTN Foundation, Telkom, Volkswagen, Rand Water Foundation, Old Mutual, MMI Holdings and Procter & Gamble.
The conference costs R6 950 (ex VAT) for corporate and/or government delegates and R4 200 (ex VAT) for NPO delegates. Discounts of up to 15% are offered for multiple delegates from the same organisation.
The fee covers parking, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, a cocktail networking function and attendance at the two-day conference.
To find out more and to register: http://trialogue.co.za/business-in-society-conference-2017/.