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Ignoring the Care Work African Women Do: How CSR Initiatives Geared Towards African Female Entrepreneurship may be Missing the Mark

“Supporting women entrepreneurs is just good business”. These are the words of the Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa at Visa, Aida Diarra. And while many companies would agree, are they doing enough? According to the 2019/2020 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the African continent has seen the largest rise in female entrepreneurs across...

The Key Lesson from the Royal Dutch Shell Seismic Survey Saga

The renowned Dutch oil company, Shell, recently expressed an interest in exploring potential hydrocarbon reserves beneath the seabed along South Africa’s Wild Coast. Royal Dutch Shell Plc had initially received the go ahead from the department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the South African High Court to conduct a seismic survey along South Africa’s...

Greenwashing: Corporate Social Responsibility Gone Wrong.

“Organic”, “Environmentally friendly”, and “Sustainable” are just a few of the buzz words that have dominated the business and CSR space in the last few years. Consumers are increasingly attentive to the environmental and social issues that plague society today, and companies are required to engage in corporate social responsibility...

A Social Impact Assessment is imperative for sustainable investments.

Over the last few years education has become a key focal point for the private sector’s CSR in South Africa. As a result, several deserving learners and students have been the lucky recipients of bursaries and scholarships allocated by large corporates. Many of these bursary recipients have gone on to become sought-after professionals with...

The Recent Civil Unrest Highlights the Need for NPO’s to Be More Integrated and Proactive

South Africa experienced a harsh week in July when the building anger, desperation and disappointment of our domestic communities’ historic inequality, poverty and unemployment erupted, bubbling and spitting hot….. It destroyed nearly everything in its path including 161 shopping malls, 11 warehouses, 8 factories, over 40,000 formal businesses, and 50,000...

The World Is Going Digital, Maybe It’s Time CSR Does Too

Volunteerism is commonly pictured as people physically assisting a community - building a house, cleaning up a park, reading to a child. But lockdown restrictions and the changing work environment means that this image may need to change as well. Companies are now confronted with the challenge of maintaining their CSR goals with limited...

A World Without Kindness: SRI is Crucial

The notion of philanthropy, community connection, employee engagement, giving, investment for impact, and extending a helping hand, have all been turned upside down when Covid hit the world. Many individuals have lost physical touch with their loved ones and replaced friendly pats on the back, hugging, kissing, and handshakes with...