Code of Conduct for Businesses Operating in South Africa

by The Africa Fund
New York, New York, United States
July 1993
2 pages
Type: Statement
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: Introduction • Components of the Code • Equal Opportunity • Training and Education • Worker's Rights • Working and Living Conditions • Job Creation and Security • Community Relations • Consumer Protection • Environmental Protection • Empowerment of Black Business • Implementation • Code of conduct for business operating in South Africa adopted by the South African Council of Churches (SACC). The Code says the apartheid system has historically burdened South Africa with gross economic distortions, stagnation, secrecy, severe discrimination and natural devastation; it has deprived the country's workers, communities and environment of the fundamental rights written into international conventions and upheld in other countries; in order to reverse this crippling legacy and to improve the economic wellbeing of all South Africans, investment by both South African and multinational companies needs to be reshaped for an equitable, democratic and life-enhancing society; the Code outlines ways in which business can play a constructive and creative role in partnership with workers, communities and other members of civil society to lay the economic foundations for a stable and prosperous South Africa; while these standards are also expected to inform the policies of a democratically elected government, in the interim, they are designed to apply to companies operating in South Africa. The Code says companies should ensure that their operations are free from discrimination based on race, sex, religion, political opinion or physical handicap, and implement affirmative action programs designed to protect the equal rights and just treatment of the historically disadvantaged. The Code discusses employees' rights, the right to strike, collective bargaining, international conventions, black-owned South African businesses, and social responsibility programs.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers