Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility

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Alternate Names: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Duration: 1975 - 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada


The Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility (TCCR) was established in 1975 as an ecumenical coalition of Canadian churches to promote social and ecological responsibility in Canadian-based corporations and financial institutions. One of the Taskforce's first efforts was to assist church shareholders in influencing Canadian banks to stop making loans to the apartheid regime in South Africa. When banks refused to discuss the loans, the TCCR coordinated the efforts of church shareholders who began to attend the banks' annual meetings to raise their concerns in a public forum about the banks' complicity in the apartheid system. The TCCR anti-apartheid effort gained momentum as they combined public education efforts with protests and coordinating efforts with international networks such as the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility in the United States. The TCCR did not limit its efforts to banks and loans. In July 2001, TCCR, together with nine other ecumenical social justice coalitions, became part of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, to continue its advocacy work about corporate responsibility.

Organizational Archive


Title: Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility
Time Span: 1970 - 1995
Media: 7.2 meters
Description: The archives are part of the archives of the United Church of Canada. The records of the TCCR were used extensively by Renate Pratt (Taskforce Coordinator) during the writing of her book: In Good Faith: Canadian Churches Against Apartheid. There is not a finding aid but here are file lists for the bulk of the material.
Housed At: United Church of Canada/Victoria University Archives
Location: 73 Queen's Park Crescent E., Toronto, ON M5S 1K7, Canada
Restrictions: Contact United Church of Canada Archives
Phone: (416) 585-4563
Reference Email: info@unitedchurcharchives.ca
Related Website: http://unitedchurcharchives.vicu.utoronto.ca/