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Kim Winstanley, chief growth officer and partner at Worx Group.
#BizTrends2019: Going green has never been more golden

The year 2018 was packed with environmental buzzwords. Sustainable, eco-friendly, low-carbon footprint, and upcycle are just some of the words that we are used to hearing in conversations with our clients, and for good reason...

By Kim Winstanley 6 hours ago

Andy Hadfield, CEO, forgood.co.za
#BizTrends2019: Quick hit trends and the problem with competing giving behaviours

The social impact space is buzzing. Social entrepreneurship is the next "rock star" career, there's more investment flowing into social ventures...

By Andy Hadfield 6 hours ago

#BizTrends2019: Brands with purpose will change South Africa for the better
#BizTrends2019: Brands with purpose will change South Africa for the better

Despite great efforts from government and NGOs, South Africa still faces a number of societal and environmental challenges...

By Michael Baretta 1 day ago

#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)
#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)

Amidst two extremes -- audience apathy on one end and backlash against perceived social washing on the other -- the ad industry has emerged fresh-faced and focused: Ready to prove that we're thoughtful, attentive partners who listen when our audience speaks, able to hold a conversation that doesn't always place ourselves and our interests at the very centre of it...

By Auryn Hiscock and Mikhaila Hunter 2 days ago

#BizTrends2019: NPOs need to be nimble
#BizTrends2019: NPOs need to be nimble

According to a national research study released in October 2017, Civil Society in South Africa, the number of registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) was 145,152 in October 2015...

By Nomvula Dlamini 10 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Challenges of 2019 will lead to opportunity
#BizTrends2019: Challenges of 2019 will lead to opportunity

Globally, the influence of the fourth industrial revolution on our economy will hit us with greater levels of concern around job security as more artificial intelligence and automation replaces the human element...

By Marc Lubner 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Making businesses work when virgin materials are scarce and expensive
#BizTrends2019: Making businesses work when virgin materials are scarce and expensive

Businesses need to adapt and evolve to keep up with the rapidly changing markets in which they operate...

By Emmanuel Kasese 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry
#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry

There's a major shake-up happening in the plastic manufacturing industry. And the change is happening remarkably quickly across the world for converters and brands alike...

By David Drew 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Deriving greater business impact from CSI initiatives
#BizTrends2019: Deriving greater business impact from CSI initiatives

The operating environment for corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives for 2019 and beyond is being reshaped by changing business models and digital disruption...

By Professor Elain Vlok 7 Jan 2019

IBIS consulting director and climate change expert Simon Clarke
#BizTrends2019: Climate paradox or progress?

2018 was a year of paradox. The scientific signals of global warming are significantly stronger. The frequency, intensity and cost of weather impacts escalates. But the backtracking and general malaise...

By Simon Clarke 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Technology and inhumanity is surpassing the disABLED
#BizTrends2019: Technology and inhumanity is surpassing the disABLED

The disabled are always an easy target. They are defenseless and are often preyed on by bullies. Why can we not harness technology rather to improve their lives?

By Hannl Cronje 7 Jan 2019

Sheila McGillivray, tribe leader at One Lady & A Tribe.
#BizTrends2019: The four Ps of cause marketing in 2019

More than ever we're seeing brands align with causes and let's face it, there so many current causes to be concerned about. This means cause marketing will be bigger than ever in 2019...

By Sheila McGillivray 1 Jan 2019

Andre Westerveld, Regional Director of Elanco South Africa
#BizTrends2018: More innovation, not more animals key to ensuring food security

The absolute and undeniable reality is that we have to produce more and do it with less. This can only be done through innovation in food production...

By Andre Westerveld 22 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Recycling and other green trends
#BizTrends2018: Recycling and other green trends

Being green is certainly seen to be trendy, but while many are claiming to be, are they actually green?

By Shabeer Jhetam 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: How 'community projects' can help with unemployment in 2018
#BizTrends2018: How 'community projects' can help with unemployment in 2018

South Africa's employment rate is currently sitting at 27%, which is at its highest level since September 2003...

By Professor Elain Vlok 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point
#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point

At SAWEA's annual wind industry conference held in mid-November 2017, the outcome of a major national research study was launched...

By Brenda Martin 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Innovation critical to the future of waste management in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Innovation critical to the future of waste management in South Africa

South Africa is nowhere near the waste crisis that we are seeing in other developing/emerging economies, however, we are most definitely generating a massive amount of waste...

By Jason McNeil 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Sustainability reporting and performance - observations and trends
#BizTrends2018: Sustainability reporting and performance - observations and trends

Large companies continue to face an increasing number of sustainability reporting requirements, both internally and externally, every year...

By Simon Clarke 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa

The impact of buildings and construction on the environment is astounding...

By Dorah Modise 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities
#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities

"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transport." These are the paraphrased words uttered by Enrique Penalosa, the former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia...

By Elaine Jack 9 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

By Alison Groves 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Bridging the disconnect between NGOs and the business sector
#BizTrends2018: Bridging the disconnect between NGOs and the business sector

NGOs have failed to adapt to new circumstances of the 21st century...

By Hannl Cronje 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security
#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security

Could it be that recycling the water we have is the key to water availability relief...

By Theunis Coetzer 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Why the internet and non-profits need to become friends
#BizTrends2018: Why the internet and non-profits need to become friends

From crowdfunding and instant mobile payments for emergency relief to virtual volunteering...

By Andy Hadfield 8 Jan 2018

Chrisna Basson, head of strategy at Weathermen & Co, Namibia.
#BizTrends2018: A positive perspective on moving towards 4.0

What a year it's been! But enough people have written about that, so I'd rather look at a few of the consequences we'll feel in 2018. Which, to my surprise, are mostly positive. I've highlighted four of the best...

By Chrisna Basson 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2017: The evolving role of CSI
#BizTrends2017: The evolving role of CSI

We interviewed Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager of the MTN SA Foundation to get her take on CSI in South Africa in 2017 and how the role of the CSI manager may evolve this year.

By Sindy Peters 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business
#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continue to experience a significant change in mindset among customers. The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet...

By Justin Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency
#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency

In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless...

By Neil Cameron 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Defining sustainability for the bottling industry
#BizTrends2017: Defining sustainability for the bottling industry

Sustainability is the ultimate long-term goal of any company, which allows it to contribute to the development of the country where it operates. It is no longer merely about profitability, but a phenomenon that must support the goals of a company through the triple context of its social, environmental and economic aspects...

By Gaopaleloe Mothoagae 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability
#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability

Although SA has made huge leaps in provision of clean water, there is still a significant amount of untreated sewage contaminating our water courses...

By Theunis Coetzer 11 Jan 2017

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