About Us

Driven by the need for on-going innovation – seeking out new solutions, developing new ways of approaching things and opening up new opportunities.

About Us

The Institute for Corporate Social Development – is driven by the need for on-going innovation – seeking out new solutions, developing new ways of approaching things and opening up new opportunities. While we remain dedicated to our core focus, we recognize that future growth depends upon our ability to achieve our full potential in both our existing business and those opportunities we are yet to fully explore and develop.

The ICSD provides awareness, publicity and training promoting norms and standards within the areas of Corporate Social Investment, Responsibility and Sustainability, whilst maintaining vigorous advocacy and best practise awareness regarding, but not limited to:

Organizational governance – practicing accountability and transparency at all levels of your organization; using leadership to create an organizational culture which uses core values of social responsibility when making business decisions.

Human rights – treating all individuals with respect; making special efforts to help people from vulnerable groups.

Labour practices – providing just, safe and healthy conditions for workers; engaging in two-way discussions to address workers’ concerns.

Environment – identifying and improving environmental impacts of your operations, including resource use and waste disposal.

Fair operating practices – respecting the law; practicing accountability and fairness in your dealings with other businesses, including your suppliers.

Consumer issues – providing healthy and safe products, giving accurate information, and promoting sustainable consumption.

Community involvement and development – getting involved in the betterment of the local communities that your organization operates in; being a good neighbour.

The ICSD provides multiple media and communications platforms for Corporations, Organisations, Government and its agencies to publicize and promote their Corporate Social Investment / programs and initiatives, sustainability endeavours, environmental commitment, enterprise development and corporate governance including related news and information.

We encourage and promote the commitment of Corporate Business to investment in various programmes related to training, capacity building and development, the environment, Health and Safety including all facets of business and education in the pursuit of sustainability.

Background

The Institute for Corporate and Social Development (ICSD) is a non-profit, public benefit organization. The idea of the ICSD originated in 2009 when the founder member Treasure Louw was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, having worked in the corporate environment for 30 years with the last 20 spent as Marketing and Communication Manager for a large commodities company.

Treasure came to face the challenges of living with a degenerative illness in a society ill equipped to understand and deal with the condition and came to realize that the situation was not unique to her illness and that there was a need to look at the bigger picture.

Though results from extensive research both local and international the concept of The Institute for Corporate Social Development – ICSD was developed.

The SA Governments Green Economy Plan, the Department of Social Developments Research on Socio economic trends, research conducted by CSR Asia, and the European Commission all indicated the need for change within Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Some of the outcomes resulted in the implementation of the new 2011-2014 strategy by EC for CSR and a world trend to a change in the manner with which CSR is implemented in business, taking CSR to another level as an evolving concept, and no longer random charity or philanthropy behaviour. CSR is looked upon strategically within business operations, governments for sustainability and development.

Through Marketing Research conducted within businesses and institutions on the understanding and awareness of CSR amongst employees the ICSD identified the need for Awareness Training Programs. These programs have been developed in line with the latest international trends within CSR. The diversity of the South African Business arena and scope of Institutions and Associations has been taken into account in the development of the Awareness Training.

Vision

Creating a platform from which all stakeholders can reap sustainable benefits through social initiatives to change our world mission includes:

Challenging social innovation, development thinking and practices, championing the development and implementation of CSR Norms and Standards in SA

Aims: Provide multiple platforms from which to promote and implement standards, norms and practices in resource mobilisation accountability and transparency within CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.

• Identify and strengthen successful resource mobilisation practices including capacity building and enterprise development.

• Create examples and inspiration for other non-profit organizations and promote cross-regional learning.

• Promote the overall credibility of and trust in the non-profit sector for long-term sustainability.

• Recognise and celebrate excellence in the non-profit sector.

• Strengthen civil society, through public recognition of best practice.

• Assist in identifying suitable programs related to Sustainable Development CSR, CSI, Capacity Building and Gender Equality that fit with the core business strategies of organizations, government and institutions.

• Develop and assist with implementing communication programs on sustainable development, CSR CSI and Gender equality.

• Provide project based consultancy/management and implementation services, training and workshops on Sustainable and Enterprise Development, CSR, CSI, Social Innovation and Gender Equality.

As a South African organization we have been blessed with access to remarkable bio-diversity and a rich natural heritage. In pursuit of sustainable success we will continue to explore that bio-diversity and harness that potential to the very best of our collective abilities.

Ancillary Objectives include but not limited to:

• Continuous promotion of local and global awareness regarding Corporate social investment, responsibility, sustainability and environmental issues.

• Continuously striving to make a meaningful difference to society and the environment.

• Forming and maintaining trusting relationships.

• Uniting Business, Employee and Communities through creating shared value (CSV).

• Raise awareness on all elements within the realms of Corporate Social Investment /

• Responsibility and Environmental preservation.

• We provide a platform for Communication, Marketing, Public Relations and Business

• Development regarding Environmental Social Governance (ESG).

• Provide training within the areas of CSI and sensitivity regarding social interaction and organisational governance.

• Assist and promote the funding of NGOs.

The ICSD is governed by a board of directors, consisting of persons committed to promoting real corporate social responsibility, investment and sustainability.

The board provides strategic direction to ICSD and fulfils an oversight function with regards to resources staff and activities. The board is also responsible for ensuring that The ICSD complies with all laws and regulations applicable to non-profit organizations in South Africa.

Services

The ICSD offers a wide range of Corporate Social Investment-related services to organizations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as well as in the professions. These include:

• Thought leadership

• Training

• Advisory services

• Assessments

• Project Management

• Communications

• Marketing

• Public Relations

• Business Development

• Consultancy

• Media – Multiple Platforms

• Organisational Membership

The ICSD is committed to stimulating and advancing awareness of Corporate Social Investment/Responsibility in South Africa and Internationally. We participate regularly in public debates in the media and provide various media platform lead through our quarterly publication Corporate Social Review.

ICSD staff members do presentations at public events and participate in academic conferences. They also provide contributions to academic and popular publications and communication platforms.

The ICSD tracks international trends, norms and standards within CSR and has direct links and associations with International CSR agencies and service providers.

Principles for Business

The Institute for Corporate Social Development believes in the following Business Principles which are based on, and adapted from the Caux Round Table Principles of Business. The Caux Round Table, founded in 1986, is an International network of principled business leaders working to promote moral capitalism throughout the world.

We therefore believe that business can be a powerful agent of positive social change, and we offer the following principles as a foundation for dialogue and action by business leaders in search of business responsibility. In so doing, we affirm the necessity for moral values in business decision making. Without them, stable business relationships and a sustainable world community are impossible.

Principle 1. The Responsibilities of Businesses
The value of a business to society is the wealth and employment it creates and the marketable products and services it provides to consumers at a reasonable price commensurate with quality. To create such value, a business must maintain its own economic health and viability.

Principle 2. The Economic and Social Impact of Business
Businesses established in foreign countries to develop, produce or sell should also contribute to the social advancement of those countries by creating productive employment and helping to raise the purchasing power of their citizens. Businesses also should contribute to human rights, education, welfare, and vitalization of the countries in which they operate.

Principle 3. Business Behaviour
While accepting the legitimacy of trade secrets, businesses should recognize that sincerity, candour, truthfulness, the keeping of promises, and transparency contribute not only to their own credibility and stability but also to the smoothness and efficiency of business transactions, particularly on the international level.

Principle 4. Respect for Rules
To avoid trade frictions and to promote freer trade, equal conditions for competition, and fair and equitable treatment for all participants, businesses should respect international and domestic rules. In addition, they should recognize that some behaviour, although legal, may still have adverse consequences.

Principle 5. Support for Multilateral Trade
Businesses should support multilateral trade systems and agreements. They should cooperate in efforts to promote the progressive and judicious liberalization of trade and to relax those domestic measures that unreasonably hinder global commerce, while giving due respect to national policy objectives.

Principle 6. Respect for the Environment
A business should protect and, where possible, improve the environment, promote sustainable development, and prevent the wasteful use of natural resources.

Principle 7. Avoidance of Illicit Operations
A business should not participate in or condone bribery, money laundering, or other corrupt practices: indeed, it should seek cooperation with others to eliminate them. It should not trade in arms or other materials used for terrorist activities, drug traffic or other organized crime.

Principle 8. Treatment of Customers
We believe in treating all customers with dignity, irrespective of whether they purchase our products and services directly from us or otherwise acquire them in the market.

Principle 9. Treatment of Employees
We believe in the dignity of every employee and in taking employee interests seriously.

Principle 10. Treatment of Owners / Investors
We believe in honouring the trust our investors place in us. We therefore have a responsibility to apply professional and diligent management in order to secure a fair and competitive return on our owners’ investment.

Principle 11. Treatment of Suppliers
Our relationship with suppliers and subcontractors must be based on mutual respect. We therefore have a responsibility to seek fairness and truthfulness in all our activities, including pricing, licensing, and rights to sell.

Principle 12. Treatment of Competitors
We believe that fair economic competition is one of the basic requirements for increasing the wealth of nations and ultimately for making possible the just distribution of goods and services. We therefore have a responsibility to promote competitive behavior that is socially and environmentally beneficial and demonstrates mutual respect among competitors.

Principle 13. Treatment of Communities
We believe that as global corporate citizens we can contribute to such forces of reform and human rights as are at work in the communities in which we operate. We therefore have a responsibility in those communities to respect human rights and democratic institutions, and promote them wherever practicable, and to collaborate with those forces in the community dedicated to raising standards of health, education, workplace safety and economic well-being.

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