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#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

#InnovationMonth: Begging-bowl tactic no longer optional for NPOs
#InnovationMonth: Begging-bowl tactic no longer optional for NPOs

South Africa is brimming with non-profit organisations seeking support for various noble causes...

By Sindy Peters 15 Sep 2016

#MandelaMonth: Ronald McDonald House to open at local hospital, a first for Africa
#MandelaMonth: Ronald McDonald House to open at local hospital, a first for Africa

On Mandela Day, Ronald McDonald House Charities South Africa hosted media and investors at the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Parktown for a hard hat tour of the development. The house is scheduled to open in December 2016...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Jul 2016

#MandelaMonth: Groupon harnesses the power of group buying to do good
#MandelaMonth: Groupon harnesses the power of group buying to do good

As part of its Mandela Month contribution, Groupon South Africa is hosting donation deals on its website until the end of July 2016...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Jul 2016

Sibonile Dube
#MandelaMonth: Unilever uses the most powerful weapon to change the world

Unilever hosted a celebration of South African youth at Shine Studios in Braamfontein on Tuesday 5 July 2016, where CEO Peter Cowan revealed how they plan to tackle some of the tough challenges facing young learners...

By Jessica Tennant 13 Jul 2016

#MandelaMonth: KFC adds hope R2 at a time
#MandelaMonth: KFC adds hope R2 at a time

KFC's Add Hope initiative, together with Joint Aid Management (JAM) South Africa, will be packing 1,000 food parcels at the KFC head office in honour of Madiba this year...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Jul 2016

KoAnn Skrzyniarz
#SB16CPT: Sustainable Brands welcomes CT to the fold

KoAnn Skrzyniarz, founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, set the scene for the conference that kicked off this past weekend.

By Sindy Peters 16 May 2016

Prof Elain Vlok on Clover's self-sustaining CSI model
Prof Elain Vlok on Clover's self-sustaining CSI model

The annual Clover Mama Afrika Smarties Week, Clover's flagship CSI programme, took place in Johannesburg last week, from Sunday, 31 January to Friday, 5 February, including an awards evening for rewarding the mamas' previous years' work and commitment to their respective communities...

By Jessica Tennant 10 Feb 2016

CSI that makes a real difference
CSI that makes a real difference

Globalisation, connectivity, and common interests are uniting formerly unrelated groups. But how do you manage reputation in the fast-moving context of digital media...

By Jeff Nemeth 28 Jan 2016

DJs for Bread
[Mandela Day heroes] In the business of doing good

How do companies connect with an audience that is growing increasingly savvy to traditional advertising ploys, adding to their bottom line while doing something socially meaningful at the same time?

By Nicci Botha 17 Jul 2015

Sustainability: a lever for growth
Sustainability: a lever for growth

Sustainability is becoming more and more about business as companies realise that it can be a lever for growth...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Jun 2015

Social enterprise is changing - Neil Robinson
Social enterprise is changing - Neil Robinson

Relate, a South African not-for-profit, recently announced its phenomenal growth by 70% in just one financial year.

By Jessica Tennant 24 Jun 2015

Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors
Partnerships can rectify school sanitation horrors

A recent exposé published in a South African daily newspaper and featured on the front page as "School Toilets of Shame", revealed the horrific truth about sanitation in Gauteng schools - in most cases there isn't any...

By Peter Cowan 2 Apr 2015

Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry
Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry

Winning a Bookmarks Awards is important. It is meaningful for a number of reasons, of which the winning is the least important...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Feb 2015

Peter Cowan
Fostering Ubuntu for a brighter future

As early as the 1950s, the term "Ubuntu" has been seen in African literature ... The word encompasses a plethora of social rights movements, simply translating to the most basic action and human kindness...

By Peter Cowan 3 Dec 2014

Is CSI a farce or impactful?
Is CSI a farce or impactful?

Where is the difference if it's not sustainable and soon forgotten?

By Bonnie Ramaila 24 Nov 2014

Loeries 2014: Unilever leads the shift from the African opportunity to the African challenge
Loeries 2014: Unilever leads the shift from the African opportunity to the African challenge

Unilever believes that creativity is the key to making sustainable living commonplace - its vision not only for itself as a company, but SA and the African continent as a whole...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Sep 2014

Grootbos... In for The Long Run
Grootbos... In for The Long Run

For Grootbos Nature Reserve owner and Managing Director Michael Lutzeyer, being included in The Long Run is big news.

By Brian Berkman 6 Jun 2014

The initiative provides an audio-based mobile training course targeting front line health workers (FLW) to help them deliver life-saving information, and is also aimed at helping pregnant women and their families prepare for the unexpected and potentially deadly situations that can arise in child birth.
The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014

Clear out your closet for #TheStreetStore
Clear out your closet for #TheStreetStore

Now here's an interesting concept - some of us are proper hoarders when it comes to our wardrobes, but here's an opportunity to give it all away to the homeless. It's called The Street Store, and it's happening Tuesday, 14 January 2014, in Green Point, Cape Town.

By Sindy Peters 13 Jan 2014

Planning CSI strategy
Planning CSI strategy

Corporate social investment (CSI) has evolved in leaps and bounds and is no longer viewed as a simple charitable donation or a PR spin to ease the corporate conscience and enhance the brand's image.

By Marcel Strauss 18 Nov 2013

New ICT centres for Prestwich Street Primary
New ICT centres for Prestwich Street Primary

New ICT centres were unveiled at Prestwich Street Primary in Green Point last week. The school is situated in an affluent area, but serves mainly underprivileged learners.

By Sindy Peters 7 Nov 2013

Jillian Reilly
Moving beyond aid - the Obama parade

Jillian Reilly is one of 20 speakers who will be sharing an 'idea worth spreading' on the TEDxCapeTown stage on Saturday 20 July as part of TEDxCapeTown's 2013 'Amazing People, Crazy Places' event.

By Jillian Reilly 11 Jul 2013

Suiting up for social change
Suiting up for social change

5 for Change recently held its second annual black tie fundraising event in Cape Town, introducing five social enterprises to many of the city's young professionals.

By Sindy Peters 28 May 2013

&Beyond goes beyond... for our rhinos
&Beyond goes beyond... for our rhinos

The staggering increase in rhino poaching globally has many corporations placing rhino-saving programmes on the top of the CSI agendas, and &Beyond has stepped up to the plate...

By Brian Berkman 15 Mar 2013

[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual
[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual

No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.

By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing
[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing

It's that time of the year where agencies are asked to haul out the old crystal ball and provide pearls of thumb-sucking wisdom. Before we do so, it would be wise to see how history might repeat itself. Reflecting briefly, for experiential marketing, 2012 was quite a year locally and abroad. Oh, and mazeltov on surviving the Mayan apocalypse - it was touch-and-go for a second there.

By Mike Silver 29 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends
[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends

The world is more interdependent and interconnected than ever before. Technology is ensuring the free flow of ideas, information and energy; creative co-operation and influence; and is bringing change across the globe that is happening at an unprecedented and accelerated rate.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 25 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector
[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector

A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.

By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership
[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership

There's a transformational shift happening and it's picking up pace in the New Year. Business and its far-reaching (some might say overreaching) arm, advertising, are becoming more responsible, more caring and more sustainable.

By Thomas Kolster 22 Jan 2013

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