Environment: Overview of CSI Spend

Initiatives related to the environment were supported by 17% of companies, with an average CSI spend of 4% in 2021.

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  • Awareness programmes (22%) and wildlife conservation initiatives (20%) received the largest average share of CSI environment spend.

  • The average spend on water conservation and wetlands management was 13%, down from 19% in 2020, which is surprising considering the country’s water scarcity concerns.

Source: Trialogue Business in Society Handbook 2021

Environment: National Context

  • The amount allocated to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) decreased from R8.9 billion in 2020/21 to R8.7 billion in 2021/22, constituting 0.4% of the consolidated government expenditure of R2 trillion for the year. The largest portion of this, R3.7 billion, is allocated to environmental programmes and R1 billion is allocated to administration costs.

  • In September 2021, a special Cabinet meeting was held to approve South Africa’s revised nationally determined contribution (NDC) climate change mitigation target range for 2030, for submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). At the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Glasgow in November 2021 (COP26), South Africa secured $8.5 billion to phase out coal from a partnership between the US, UK, France, Germany and the European Union.

Source: Trialogue Business in Society Handbook 2021