Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

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Alternate Names: Corporate Information Center, Interfaith Committee on Social Responsibility
Duration: 1973 - current (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility); Late 1960s - 1973 (Corporate Information Center and Interfaith Committee on Social Responsibility)
Location: New York, New York, United States


The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a sponsor related movement of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) founded in 1973. It was the successor organization to the Corporate Information Center (CIC) and the Interfaith Committee on Social Responsibility (ICSR). CIC was a research and interpretive office within the NCC concerned primarily with church investments and issues of corporate responsibility. CIC began in the late 1960s and early 1970s in part as an outgrowth of opposition to the Vietnam War. Like anti-war students of the day, progressive clergy questioned whether churches were profiting off the war, which many churches opposed in the period when CIC began. ICSR was a coordinating body for religious shareholders. In the 1970s and 1980s much of ICCR's efforts focused on U.S. companies doing business in South Africa, Namibia, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and in the Portuguese colonies. ICCR members met with companies, and ICCR coordinated religious shareholders filing and supporting shareholder resolutions at companies doing business in and/or making loans to South Africa and Namibia. Before to the end of Portuguese colonialism in 1975, CIC/ICCR also worked on companies doing business in Angola and Mozambique. Prior to 1980 when Zimbabwe became independent, CIC/ICCR also focused on companies doing business and breaking sanctions in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), including U.S. companies importing chrome. ICCR created a "dirty dozen" list of the worst U.S. investors in South Africa. Working with other organizations, ICCR led campaigns against companies doing business in South Africa including Mobil and Citibank. The Immobilize Apartheid Coalition operated out of the ICCR office. Timothy Smith, who traveled to South Africa to investigate U.S. companies in 1970 and 1971, worked with CIC/ICCR from 1971 was the director of ICCR form 1976-2000. Donna Katzin was Director of South Africa and International Justice Programs from 1986-1994. Currently ICCR is an association of over 275 faith- based institutional investors, including national denominations, religious communities, pension funds, foundations, hospital corporations, economic development funds, asset management companies, colleges, and unions. (Source: ICCR website, various CIC and ICCR publications, and Timothy Smith.)

Organizational Archive


Title: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility records
Time Span: 1966 - 2011 (South Africa 1966 - 1996)
Media: 137.5 linear ft. (110 records boxes)
Description: The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) grew out of an interest in socially responsible investing that arose from concerns of clergy that churches might be profiting from the Vietnam War through their investments. In 1973, the Interfaith Committee on Social Responsibility in Investments (ICSRI) merged with the Corporate Information Center (CIC) to form the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Subseries IV.6: South Africa, 1966-1996 contains records related to programs and issues coordinated through the ICCR, which originate from both Program Directors and Executive Directors. There is extensive documentation of the ICCR's work on issues related to apartheid South Africa.
Housed At: Columbia University Libraries, Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Human Rights Organization Archives
Location: 535 West 114th Street, 6th Floor, New York, New York,10027, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: 212-854-3630
Reference Email: chrdr@columbia.edu
Related Website: http://library.columbia.edu/locations/chrdr.html

Related Archive
Title: George M. Houser (Africa collection)
Time Span: 1950s - 1999
Media: 10 boxes, documents, correspondence, photographs, posters, audio material
Description: Covers most countries of Africa, and includes notes on George M. Houser’s many trips to Africa (such as 1960, 1961, 1967, 1972, 1973 (Guinea-Bissau), 1974, 1975/6 (Lusaka, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde), 1978, 1979 (Western Sahara and Algeria), 1981 (taped), 1983, 1989 (Namibia). Major organizations covered include American Committee on Africa (ACOA), The Africa Fund, Africa Action, American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, and International Defence and Aid Fund. Houser was a founder of ACOA and served as Executive Director from 1955-1981. Houser was Executive Director of ACOA's associate organization The Africa Fund from its founding in 1966 to 1981. ACOA and The Africa were based in New York City but worked nationally in the country and with organizations with similar goals in other countries as well as with liberation movements and leaders in many African countries. The collection includes audio of interviews Houser conducted in South Africa in 1954 with Z.K. Matthews, Kasavello Goonam, Walter Sisulu, Manilal Gandhi, Patrick Duncan and Chief Albert Luthuli. Some of the many correspondents include Julius Nyerere, Joshua Nkomo, Kanyama Chiume, Martin Luther King, Victoria Chitepo, Mary-Louise Hooper, Piet Koornhof (South African Ambassador), George W. Shepherd, and David H. Anthony. Also included are 12 original cassette tapes of interviews by George Houser and Herbert Shore with African National Congress (ANC) leader Walter Sisulu recorded September 20-26 1995, which formed the basis for the book I will go singing : Walter Sisulu speaks of his life and the struggle for freedom in South Africa / in conversation with George M. Houser & Herbert Shore (Cape Town : Robben Island Museum in association with the Africa Fund, New York, 2001). This collection forms part of the African Activist Archive collections. Material deposited by George M. Houser.
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: 517-353-8700
Related Website: http://www.lib.msu.edu/spc/index/