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 themes ranging from social justice and stakeholder interaction, to harnessing technology 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.
Speakers include innovator and trends analyst Dion Chang; author and chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation, Professor William Gumede; Mark Heywood, executive director of the public interest law centre Section 27; and Priya Naik, CEO of social enterprise company Samhita. She will discuss how Indian companies are helping to address inequality issues.
The conference will be held at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on 8 and 9 May.
This annual event, taking place for the 11th time, attracts about 450 corporate, non-profit, government and academic leaders annually. It will be presented in partnership with Nedbank, Vodacom Foundation, Sasol, MTN Foundation, Transnet, Eskom Development Foundation, Old Mutual, P&G, VW South Africa and MMI Foundation.
For more information, visit http://trialogue.co.za/trialogue-business-society-conference-2018/ or email email@example.com.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CONFERENCE THEMES:
(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.
(2)STAKEHOLDER INTERACTION FOR SOCIAL IMPACT (Presented in partnership 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.
(3)INCLUSIVE GROWTH IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (Presented in 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TRIALOGUE:
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.
For more about Trialogue, refer to www.trialogue.co.za
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