Sustainable Conversations™ Online (www.sustainableconvos.com ) is an online portal for information, insights and resources from experts on the issue of CSR, Sustainability and Sustainable Development in Africa. This community is an agenda-setting resource to encourage the transformation of ideas into initiatives and policies that will facilitate and foster sustainable development in all sectors. The mobile application can also be used by the user to receive updates from www.sustainableconvos.com news feeds.
Thistle Test Cafe
Our test café is the information resource store house for individuals who are interested in learning more about sustainability issues. The IQ and knowledge tests allow users explore various areas such as Climate Change, CSR, and Social Entrepreneurship etc. This is another attempt by Thistle Praxis to capture and retain the attention of target users through information and advocacy on topical issues in order to promote eco-friendly lifestyles.
In order to increase awareness on climate change and sustainability of natural resources in Africa, ThistlePraxis has launched a Carbon Calculator to enable individuals and organizations track carbon emissions. A carbon calculator determines primary carbon footprints, through a computation of resource usage inputted by the user. The calculator will also allow users understand the effect of Carbon emissions on Climate change and global warming as well as educate them on offsets and mitigation techniques and efforts. A daily summary of carbon effects on the world, a list of terminologies and other useful tips will be made available as updates.
TP Mobile Apps
A bouquet of mobile apps by Thistle Praxis Consulting in line with emerging trends and increase in digital media appreciation and online penetration across African economies. At present, the apps that will be available on offer are as follows: CSR Files Reader, Test Cafe, Carbon Calculator and an animation series.
This mobile application will also help to distribute digital copies of reports, white papers, journals, newsletters in PDF formats. Some of these publications would be available for free, while others would be available for an annual subscription fee. The apps can work across platforms or with available versions for various Phone Operating Systems such as BlackBerry, Android, Nokia s40, Windows-Phone and iOS. The application would be available for free download from the App stores of the Operating System e.g. Play Store for Android, App-World for Windows-Phone etc. To enable a better user experience, the mobile app would also allow users access a virtual library, where they can access copies of all publications they’ve purchased or subscribed to.
Organisational Impact Management Strategy (OIMS)
The Organisational Impact Management Strategy (OIMS) Module spells out how the organisation under review can manage the derived impact from these activities by further distilling the true value of investment, recommending how the organisation can leverage on these activities whilst measuring them against international standards, core best practices and local industry standards. It, further, attempts to examine the Return on Investment (ROI) on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) activities through the use of matrices and reports from a pre-conducted, in-depth field study. The OIMS incorporates a number of standards and models in achieving expected outcomes, one of which includes the CSI toolkit and the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) model for CSI assessments. The Organisational Impact Management Strategy (OIMS) Module is a trademarked product of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited.
Apart from our flagship initiative, The Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CSR™), we believe it is expedient to sustain the momentum that CSR is fast gaining across the world, especially in Africa where the theory and practice of CSR is only emerging.
The journal is the platform that has been devised to drive this and challenge the conversation on issues of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Social Investments as well as engage business enterprises on policies and global trends on creating stronger businesses and viable economies.
Launched in June, 2011 at the AR-CSR™ by Mary Robinson (Former Female President of Ireland and Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights); this publication features the various aspects and sides to Sustainability, Business Ethics and CSR - covering different sectors of our economy across the different regions with emphasis on marked development; further exposing our economy to Foreign Direct Investments. These inform the journal’s motto: ‘…an open, unending conversation’.
CSR Files™, a registered trademark of ThistlePraxis Consulting, represents our information and resource products.
By popular demand, ThistlePraxis Consulting commenced the production of a weekly page on CSR, CSR Files™ Weekly in association with The Guardian newspapers. News, activities and other relevant content are published to enhance the practice of professionals on Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Nigeria and beyond. This commenced on February 1, 2012.
Every week, we publish the Thistle Post, previously CSR Files™ e-Newsletter, which is a summary of all noteworthy activities from our stable and across the world.
Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™)
In its fourth season, the Africa CEO Round-table and Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (AR-CSR™) is our flagship initiative and the industry’s largest gathering of professionals every year. It remains the most comprehensive management event of the year where leaders from a variety of sectors gather to share expertise and experiences on an array of management topics. Find out more
Effective CSR Reporting For Media Professionals
The ‘Effective CSR Reporting for Media Professionals’ is a foremost continental development initiative aimed at building and strengthening human capacity development for the Nigerian and African media on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility in Africa.
ThistlePraxis Consulting has committed to identify and foster this training with other willing partners and corporate funders, including other regional bodies so as to explore possible batches of trainings for African journalists for a period of three (3) days across various regions on the continent.
Nigeria CSR Report
Every week, ThistlePraxis Consulting publishes a summary of all media reports of corporate activities (reported as CSR) in Nigerian Newspapers and online Media. This is a first-of-its-kind tracking initiative, which was developed as a class project from the 'Effective CSR Reporting for Media Professionals' training exercise in Lagos, Nigeria, which held in November 2011. Please visit the blog on www.nigeriacsrreports.blogspot.com.
The CSR Label
From July 2013, the CSR Label Certification and Audit services will be available in West Africa. All products with the CSR Label are “Corporate Social Responsibility Certified” and are recognisable, simple and merge two crucial elements of Social Responsibility – humans and the environment – in its design. Like other quality seals, this is a graphic or typographic label on products, which certify that they are produced by a socially responsible company using the best standards in line with global best practices.