Thought Leadership

CSI must change gear to confront the new reality

By Marcus Coetzee – Management Consultant Back in January 2019, most businesses were pursuing a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy which had been fine-tuned over the years. Then the pandemic hit South Africa in late March. Everything changed. CSI activities pivoted, refocused and were fuelled by adrenalin and empathy. CSI entered crisis mode. Mitigating harm …

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Humility and educational empowerment should be the ‘new normal’ for corporates

Liberty knows that showing a commitment to society and humanity through corporate social investment is one way for corporates to continue supporting communities, especially during a pandemic. Businesses need to continue playing their critical role in helping people, and it’s time to adapt to our ‘new normal’. We’re all in this together As the world …

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No longer business as usual: The role of the private sector to improve schooling in South Africa

This article is based on a Report  titled “No Longer Business as Usual: Private sector efforts to improve schooling in South Africa,” funded by Absa Group Citizenship, and prepared by the Centre for Development and Enterprise. Click here to download the Report , or visit www.cde.org.za The COVID-19 pandemic affected education systems around the globe …

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How the 4th Industrial Revolution and Covid-19 are changing the face of CSI donations

By Sithandile Mpofu – Editor, Social TV It is common company practice to stick to a three-year cycle to update and upgrade employees’ computers and laptops, but many of these devices still have years of use to go. So, instead of sending them off to the recycling depot, rather follow DriveRisk’s example in donating them …

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The most urgent climate crisis-related risks facing South Africans in the first half of the 21st century

By Kevin Bloom Kevin Bloom, senior investigative journalist of Daily Maverick‘s Climate Crisis reporting division “Our Burning Planet” This article is based on a Climate Risk Report commissioned by Absa Group Citizenship and online independent newspaper Daily Maverick. World-acclaimed scientists at Wits University’s Global Change Institute, with a panel of 12 experts from various disciplines, …

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COVID-19: Fast tracking the adoption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in SA’s dual economy

Technology and digital access are the kingmakers in a post-COVID-19 world. The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation on an unprecedented scale. As British-American entrepreneur and author Andrew Keen was quoted as saying: “We are surviving through this pandemic because of technology. Everyone is sitting at home, and their window to the world is through their smartphone.”