Corporate Social Investment is an evolving concept and is no longer just random charity or philanthropy.
It is now integrated and viewed upon as a key to business operations, sustainability and development.
WWF South Africa
Within its global programme framework, the WWF network aspires to collectively tackle environmental issues. The Director General of WWF International, James Leape, has appealed to WWF offices worldwide to act as one WWF – with the best scientists, astute negotiators and offices from the Philippines to Mexico sharing resources and working together as one global network, we can catalyze change on a global scale.
This vision has been encapsulated into various network initiatives. These aim to accelerate and magnify large conservation wins across our priority species, places and footprint areas – and so achieve the necessary “transformational change” to achieve our twin goals of conserving biodiversity and reducing humanity’s impact on nature.
WWF South Africa participates in a number of these initiatives, most significantly the Global Deal Network Initiative through which WWF offices are lobbying world leaders to agree on a fair and effective global climate deal in Copenhagen this year.
WWF South Africa operates within two discrete, but overlapping, operational units – Biodiversity and Living Planet. WWF South Africa’s integrated strategy is underpinned by 8 primary goals to ensure that South Africa’s biodiversity is conserved and that our footprint remains within the earth’s capacity to sustain life.
WWF South Africa aims to:
Conserve the biodiversity assets (endangered wildlife, species, habitats and ecosystems) of South Africa
Ensure natural ecosystems and their services are appropriately valued and integrated into sustainable development
Play a leading role among developing countries in addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change
Improve the livelihoods of communities who are most directly dependent on natural resources through better environmental practices
Ensure that South African consumers have the knowledge to influence appropriate environmental practice from the private and public sectors
Instil a culture of environmental responsibility in Business and Industry (including agriculture, fishing and mining)
Advocate for government policies incorporating sound environmental principles that promote, maintain and enhance biodiversity and ecological services
Increase environmental skills and capacity among current and future leaders
Proudly South African
Proudly South African is the “buy local” campaign launched in 2001 by government, organised business, organised labour and community organisations (the constituencies represented in the National Economic Development and Labour Council – Nedlac) to boost job creation and pride in “local” by promoting South African companies and their ‘homegrown’ products and services.
By buying Proudly South African, both consumers and businesses are making a personal contribution to nation-building. Consumers get an assurance of quality because only quality products carry the Proudly South African mark, while members of the Campaign are furthermore committed to an uplifting ethos and socially responsible business practices which are reflected in the membership criteria. In this manner the Campaign represents and stimulates the creation of a virtuous circle which benefits all.
National Lottery Board
The National Lotteries Board (NLB) was established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions. The NLB also advises the Minister of Trade and Industry on policy matters relating tothe National Lottery and other lotteries.
The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) is established in terms of the Lotteries Act which designates members of the NLB as trustees of the NLDTF. It is their job to safeguard this money, invest it wisely, and ensure that it is put to the best possible use to benefit good causes. The annual contribution of the National Lottery to the NLDTF in recent years is detailed below:
2006/7 – R1,3 billion, 2007/8 – R0,7 Billion, 2008/9 – R1,5 Billion, 2009/10 – R1.6 Billion, 2011/12 R1,7 Billion
The allocation of NLDTF funds to the different sectors is set down in regulations and is currently as follows:
The Charities Sector receives 45% of the total pool.
The Arts, Culture and National Heritage Sector receives 28%.
The Sport and Recreation Sector receives 22%
An amount equal to 5% of the total is reserved for the Miscellaneous Purposes Sector. These funds are used for various activities that fall outside the scope of the main three sectors. Board members of the NLB allocate such grants in accordance with conditions set by the Minister of Trade and Industry.
ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance to all types of organizations, regardless of their size or location, on:
Concepts, terms and definitions related to social responsibility;
The background, trends and characteristics of social responsibility;
Principles and practices relating to social responsibility;
The core subjects and issues of social responsibility;
Integrating, implementing and promoting socially responsible behaviour throughout the organization and, through its policies and practices, within its sphere of influence;
Identifying and engaging with stakeholders
Communicating commitments, performance and other information related to social responsibility.
ISO 26000:2010 is intended to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development. It is intended to encourage them to go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with law is a fundamental duty of any organization and an essential part of their social responsibility.
It is intended to promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility, and to complement other instruments and initiatives for social responsibility, not to replace them.
In applying ISO 26000:2010, it is advisable that an organization take into consideration societal, environmental, legal, cultural, political and organizational diversity, as well as differences in economic conditions, while being consistent with international norms of behaviour.
ISO 26000:2010 is not a management system standard. It is not intended or appropriate for certification purposes or regulatory or contractual use. Any offer to certify, or claims to be certified, to ISO 26000 would be a misrepresentation of the intent and purpose and a misuse of ISO 26000:2010.
As ISO 26000:2010 does not contain requirements, any such certification would not be a demonstration of conformity with ISO 26000:2010.
ISO 26000:2010 is intended to provide organizations with guidance concerning social responsibility and can be used as part of public policy activities. However, for the purposes of the Marrakech Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is not intended to be interpreted as an “international standard”, “guideline” or “recommendation”, nor is it intended to provide a basis for any presumption or finding that a measure is consistent with WTO obligations. Further, it is not intended to provide a basis for legal actions, complaints, defences or other claims in any international, domestic or other proceeding, nor is it intended to be cited as evidence of the evolution of customary international law.
ISO 26000:2010 is not intended to prevent the development of national standards that are more specific, more demanding, or of a different type.
About CSR Europe
Since its launch, CSR Europe has become an inspiring network of business people working at the very forefront of CSR across Europe and globally. Together, the network represents over 4000 companies in Europe. CSR Europe addresses societal challenges through the Enterprise 2020 Initiative, which fosters collaborative action and shapes the business contribution to the European Union’s Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
For more information visit www.csreurope.org
Bench Marks Foundation
Bench Marks Foundation is a non-profit, faith-based organisation owned by the churches in South Africa. It is a unique organisation in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and monitors corporate performance against an international measuring instrument, the Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility; Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance.
Also known as the Bench Marks Principles, this document is shared by a number of churches and church agencies across four continents.
The North – West University
The NWU is a multi-campus university with a footprint across two provinces.
The Mafikeng and Potchefstroom Campuses are situated in the North-West Province and the Vaal Triangle Campus is in Gauteng.
The head office, known as the Institutional Office, is in Potchefstroom, situated near the Potchefstroom Campus.
Tel: +27 (0) 18 299 4897
Tel: +27 (0) 18 299 1111
Vision and Mission: SANGONeT’s vision is to be a strategic leadership organisation influencing social transformation through ICTs.
We strive to contribute to a just, equitable and prosperous Southern African society, where the impact and contribution of sustainable development programmes are supported by appropriate,
relevant and affordable ICT solutions.
SANGONeT’s mission is to support the effective use of ICTs in Southern African civil society organisations by providing quality services and initiatives.
We exist for the purpose of facilitating access, sharing information, building capacity, raising awareness, enhancing reach and impact, and linking people and organisations through
the use of ICTs in Southern Africa.
Afrika Tikkun is an international NGO that provides education, health and social services to children, youth and their families through centres of excellence in South African Townships. Our aim is to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens.
Together the values of compassion, caring and helping and the African values of community warmth and sharing encompass the vision of our NGO, which is to care for vulnerable children in townships in a compassionate manner that is sustainable over time.
CSR Asia is the leading provider of information, training, research and consultancy services on sustainable business practices in Asia. Operating as a dynamic social enterprise, CSR Asia occupies the unique middle ground between civil society organisations and fully commercial consultancies.
This enables us to provide independent and cutting edge services and expert insight into the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues facing companies in Asia.
The Digital Media and Marketing Association
The Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA), formerly the OPA, is an independent, voluntary, non-profit association focused on growing and sustaining a vibrant and profitable digital industry within South Africa.
Our aim is to provide our members with a platform via which they can engage, interact and address digital issues of common interest, thereby stimulating learning and commerce within the South African digital space.
The DMMA represents the South African digital industry to all sectors including the marketing community, the media, the South African government and the public. We also act as the body through which international players can enter the South African digital market.