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A selection of Sacatelle's branded bags.
#CSIMonth: The sustainability of bag advertising

Sacatelle founder, Ikey Bensimhon talks about the brand sustainability of bag advertising - they're walking billboards, when you think about it - and the success of branded bags in a world that's slowly moving away from disposable plastic...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Jul 2017

Eskom's heel dragging on renewable PPAs not economically motivated
Eskom's heel dragging on renewable PPAs not economically motivated

Eskom's refusal to sign PPAs with renewable energy suppliers flies in the face of the National Development Plan framework....

9 Nov 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: HIV life insurance pioneer participates in CGI summit
#SustainabilityMonth: HIV life insurance pioneer participates in CGI summit

When social entrepreneur, Ross Beerman, and some friends first advocated life insurance for people with HIV, he raised more than a few eyebrows...

31 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Waste, a rich source for innovation at Interwaste
#SustainabilityMonth: Waste, a rich source for innovation at Interwaste

We interview Mike Nicholls, director of Technical Services at Interwaste to find out their take on current waste management practices and legislation in South Africa...

By Sindy Peters 28 Oct 2016

Sabelo Sibanda and Thulilsile Volwana
#SustainabilityMonth: The PE startup addicted to innovation

It's often said that a defining quality of successful tech startups is that they're not afraid of failure. Because the more you try...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 Oct 2016

Photo credits: Greenpeace/Shayne Robinson
Woollies tops the scoreboard in renewable commitment

A Greenpeace report shows Woolworths is still making the greatest progress in its renewable energy commitment, while Shoprite is bottom of the heap...

28 Oct 2016

One of the Ford Rangers currently in use as a mobile clinic in the Eastern Cape.
#SustainabilityMonth: Big business can treat people and planet with respect

Ford Motor Company's 2015-16 Sustainability Report highlights its continued focus on the human impact of doing business...

27 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Turning an invasive plant into an eco-friendly opportunity
#SustainabilityMonth: Turning an invasive plant into an eco-friendly opportunity

Nigeria-based green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba is helping change the story in the riverine community of Bayeku in Ikorodu, Lagos by turning an invasive water plant that chokes Nigeria's waterways into a source of income...

By Sindy Peters 24 Oct 2016

Photo: Lauren Clifford-Holmes
Communities at risk in Malawi's mining push

Families living near Malawi's mining operations face serious problems with water, food, and housing, and are left in the dark about health and other risks...

24 Oct 2016

Jeri Curry, president and CEO, Enset (Image source: YouTube)
Why NGOs need to embrace digital now

From garnering greater support through transparency to building online credibility with funders...

By Sindy Peters 21 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Eco and social labels join forces to encourage SA to become Labelwise
#SustainabilityMonth: Eco and social labels join forces to encourage SA to become Labelwise

More people want to be part of the change they'd like to see in the world. For that purpose, four of the world's most credible and ubiquitous eco and social labels have joined forces in a unique South African campaign...

20 Oct 2016

Turning cities into hubs for fresh local produce
Turning cities into hubs for fresh local produce

All cities, big and small, can and must help build the sustainable, resilient food systems of the future...

18 Oct 2016

Source: Anglo American
A matter of trust

As long as the mining industry sees the community as only a labour force, there will be issues...

By Danette Breitenbach 18 Oct 2016

123RF
Why CSI is the new currency consciously growing the bottom line

When it comes to growing your business, people are everything, be they staff, customers, or the community surrounding your brand...

By Glenda Mansfield 18 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: The dangers of goodwashing and greenwashing
#SustainabilityMonth: The dangers of goodwashing and greenwashing

Sustainability Month means an increase in companies proudly stating their corporate social responsibility and CSI initiative success. But beware of tooting your company's 'good and green' trumpet if you're not quite there yet...

By Leigh Andrews 13 Oct 2016

Eddie Oosthuizen via  - Limpopo
Agroecology programme equips smallholder farmers for sustainable food production

Governments the world over are beginning to appreciate the role that small farms can play in modern economies. In fact, most of the developing world's agricultural land is in the hands of subsistence farmers...

13 Oct 2016

Elsamari Botha and Nawal du Toit
Venturing towards accessible education

Educate24, a new online learning platform, has launched in the midst of South Africa's education crisis...

By Pasqua Heard 13 Oct 2016

World Bank project gets stuck into occupation-related TB
World Bank project gets stuck into occupation-related TB

An initiative to heighten access to TB-related services and information among affected mining communities is currently being undertaken by the World Bank...

12 Oct 2016

Ain’t no mountain high enough for Glenda.
#BehindtheSelfie with... Glenda Mansfield

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Glenda Mansfield, co-founder and marketing director for Marketing CSI South Africa (MCSISA), the CSI 'good news' portal aimed at developing self-managed communities as agents for change...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Organic supermarket opens in Nigeria
#SustainabilityMonth: Organic supermarket opens in Nigeria

A New Earth, a boutique organic and eco-living store based in Beirut, Lebanon, recently announced its opening in Lagos, Nigeria. The expansion is testament to the owners' belief in moving towards a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable way of living.

By Jessica Tennant 12 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Tariff increases reveal fractures in SA medical aid model
#SustainabilityMonth: Tariff increases reveal fractures in SA medical aid model

Thesubstantial 2017 tariff increases announced by the biggest medical aid schemes is indicative of an industry model that is deeply flawed...

10 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Do good business, do business online
#SustainabilityMonth: Do good business, do business online

The #SustainableBiz16 summit just wrapped up in the US last week. I followed the tweets and noted that most of the learnings, while stemming from global corporations, definitely have local relevance...

By Leigh Andrews 10 Oct 2016

#MobilityIndaba: rethinking mobility for Cape Town's sake
#MobilityIndaba: rethinking mobility for Cape Town's sake

With mobility as the main focus, #CoCreate2Move engages all attendees, encouraging them to rethink the way we move about the city and co-create plans to move the city forward...

By Cari Van Wyk 7 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Rocking the Daisies pioneer in festival greening
#SustainabilityMonth: Rocking the Daisies pioneer in festival greening

Since its inception in 2006, Rocking the Daisies has always striven to promote green principles and practices and over the years has further entrenched and expanded on these views and initiatives.

By Ruth Cooper 6 Oct 2016

Celia Collins from Carat, handing over the 2016 MOST award for best media owner – cinema category award to the Cinemark sales team – Claire Smith, Eric Blignaut, Kim Cox, Lynne Marshall and Leslie Adams.
#SustainabilityMonth: How Cinemark is walking the CSI talk

Cinemark, part of the Ster-Kinekor family, recently took home the best media owner in the cinema category MOST award. Motheo Matsau, chief marketing and sales officer of Ster-Kinekor Theatres explains how this is proof of their winning CSR strategy...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Oct 2016

At the party while nobody is looking… #ShamelessSelfie – @farrenroper
#BehindtheSelfie with... Farren Roper

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Farren Roper, Microsoft's global engagement lead for collaboration. He also lets us in on their corporate sustainability stance...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: SASSI Trailblazer Chefs 2016
#SustainabilityMonth: SASSI Trailblazer Chefs 2016

On 3 October, six South African chefs were announced the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) Trailblazers at the 2016 SASSI Trailblazer Awards at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

4 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Life's too Lush for normal cosmetics, Q&A with co-founder Rowena Bird
#SustainabilityMonth: Life's too Lush for normal cosmetics, Q&A with co-founder Rowena Bird

Here's a company that believes in true sustainability to the extent of turning shampoo into a bar and toothpaste into a tablet, thoughtfully designing out the need for packaging at the product creation stage...

By Jessica Tennant 4 Oct 2016

Wahl, Ingarfield and Du Plessis.
#SustainabilityMonth: The immersive consumer experience

Some brands are taking event activations to the next level by creating beautifully conceptualised spaces as a new touchpoint to enhance consumer experiences. Here's how Pernod Ricard has done so, while keeping sustainability top of mind...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Green Worx uses enzyme technology to limit ecological footprint
#SustainabilityMonth: Green Worx uses enzyme technology to limit ecological footprint

Green Worx Cleaning Solutions recently became the first bio enzyme company in South Africa to be certified as compliant with the Certified Quality System ISO 14001 : 2015 standard...

By Sindy Peters 3 Oct 2016

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