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What is Corporate Social Investment?

Gain an understanding of corporate social investment (CSI), and grasp related concepts in responsible business.

This course is created by Trialogue. 

What is CSI? Corporate social investment is the practice of companies contributing to social development. Now, CSI is becoming more strategic, with companies focusing more on how they can make a valuable and sustainable impact.  

“What is Corporate Social Investment?” is a short course that gets you up to speed with definitions, key concepts and trends, and how CSI is part of responsible business, with great potential to contribute positively to society.


Founder and director of Building Leaders Across Continents (BLAC)

The ‘What is CSI’ course surpassed my expectations, offering a profound strategic insight into Corporate Social Investment (CSI) that I deem exceptionally valuable. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to fellow professionals aiming to seamlessly integrate social impact initiatives into their organizational strategies.

What level is the course?

This is a short foundational course for people in business who work in fields related to CSI and corporate responsibility, and for people aspiring to work in these areas. It is also for non-profit leaders and staff who want a deeper understanding of how businesses see  corporate social investment.  

An overview for corporates and non-profits

The course was created using Trialogue’s extensive experience in corporate social investment research and consulting. Three modules cover important CSI concepts and trends. It includes valuable insights from CSI experts at Trialogue and leading international experts.  

Learn fast in your own time

Total learning time is approximately 2 hours. Additional resources are provided to guide you to dig deeper and learn more. At the end of each module there is a short quiz to help you cement your learnings from the module. 

What will you learn in this course?

You’ll discover the foundational concepts of CSI and how it relates to responsible business concepts such as shared value. 

Module 1: What is CSI and why is it important?
  • Define corporate social investment and understand why CSI important for business and society.
  • Understand the difference between CSI and corporate social responsibility (CSR). 
  • Clarify what socioeconomic development (SED) means and the link between SED and CSI. 
  • Keep updated with CSI trends in South Africa and globally.
Module 2: Strategic CSI and shared value
  • Get familiar with the concept of strategic CSI and Trialogue’s CSI positioning matrix. 
  • Understand the concept of shared value, and how it relates to CSI. 
Module 3: What is responsible business?
  • Understand how business is an integral part of society and its potential for making a positive impact.
  • Explore the concepts that make up responsible business and the relationships between them.

    What will this course do for me?

    By the end of this course you will: 

    • Understand what CSI means and why it’s important. 
    • Learn how CSI relates to CSR, SED, shared value, and responsible business. 
    • Gain relevant insights from top experts on the trends in CSI. 
    • Explore the concepts that make up responsible business and how business can positively impact society.

    This course is created by Trialogue.