What is corporate social investment?

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Corporate social investment plays a key role in how business contributes to doing good in society. It’s also part of a much larger effort to encourage responsible business: a holistic view of business, its role in society, and the positive contribution it can make.

In this short course, we’ll start with the basics of what CSI is and why it’s important. We’ll zoom out layer by layer to explore the role of business in contributing positively to society and discuss shared value. Finally, we’ll look at the various concepts that make up responsible business.

There is a short quiz after each module to test your knowledge and help you remember concepts.

The course introduces you to these key concepts so that you can understand some of the ways business creates solutions to social challenges. If you’re part of an organisation, it will help you identify key points to include in your own CSI or responsible business efforts, and to assess where you are in relation to trends in CSI in South Africa and globally.

Equipping yourself with relevant terms and concepts, understanding the context and history, and knowing trends and lead practices will give you a deeper knowledge of what CSI is, and the depth of its potential.