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 annualTrialogue Business in Society Conference in Johannesburg next month (16-16 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 on 16 and 17 May. The keynote speaker is Graça Machel, international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and founder of the Graça Machel Trust.
The 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:
- Dr Adebayo Fayoyin, Regional Advocacy, Media and Communications Adviser at the United Nations;
- Allon Raiz, founder and CEO of Raizcorp business incubator, which supports more than 500 businesses;
- Antoinia Norman, CEO of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship;
- Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Research Manager, Public Affairs Research Institute;
- Thabang Chiloane,Executive Head, Nedbank Group Public Affairs;
- Steph Prinsloo, Programme Manager, Eskom Development Foundation; and
- Andy Hadfield, CEO of forgood – a social impact start-up that connects people to causes.
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.
Nearly half (48%) of this CSI spend was directed 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 participants in this field are showing that by leveraging company resource and capability, innovating and driving social change, the impact achieved can be far greater than the magnitude of the contribution. It is these practices that this conference aims to expose, 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 coversparking, 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/.
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