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Education, risk and reputation and innovative finance among key themes at Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019

16 & 17 April | The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg
Education, risk and reputation and innovative finance among key themes at Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019

The Trialogue Business in Society Conference is a dynamic space in which stakeholders in development can come together to share challenges, lessons and innovations to improve large-scale and lasting impact in development. With the 2019 conference taking place less than a month before national elections, the keynote address by lifelong activist and former Concourt judge, Albie Sachs, intends to remind South Africans of the progressive Constitution upon which this democracy was built. An international keynote address by the executive director of the UN Global Compact Malaysia, Shahazar Yazid, will offer perspective on how South Africa is fairing in its response to the global Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will feature four key themes:

  1. Collaboration in education, presented in partnership with Old Mutual, will emphasise the importance, address the barriers and provide practical tips and implementation tools for how corporate, government and the non-profit sector can work together to realise equitable access to quality education in South Africa.

  2. Managing risk and reputation in development, presented in partnership with Sasol, intends to get conference delegates from the corporate and non-profit sectors to reassess their own organisational preparedness to respond to the risks and manage their reputations in the often high-risk development arena. This theme will also explore the difference between organisational marketing and meaningful communication with stakeholders.
  3. Innovative finance for development impact, presented in partnership with Absa, will explore the variety of models that can be used to fund multistakeholder approaches to address a range of socioeconomic challenges.
  4. Building healthy relationships in development, presented in partnership with Vodacom, will unpack how traditional donor-beneficiary relationships can be shifted into more meaningful and equal partnerships, with emphasis on developing complementary strategies, longevity of relationships and responsible donor exit strategies.

In addition to 22 content session and insight from more than 55 expert contributors, delegates can also look forward to several networking opportunities, including registration sessions sponsored by Rand Water Foundation and a cocktail networking function on the first evening of the conference, sponsored by MTN Foundation.

Visit the Trialogue website ( or email az.oc.eugolairt@ecnerefnoc for more information on how you can join more than 400 stakeholders in development, from the corporate, non-profit, government, academic and media sectors.

Trialogue is one of only a few consultancies in South Africa that focus exclusively on corporate responsibility issues. Over 25 years of experience puts us at the forefront of new developments in sustainability and corporate social investment (CSI).
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