[Dear friend of ICCR: On September 24 Nelson Mandela stood before the United Nations in New York City ...]
by Timothy Smith, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
The mailing says on September 24 Nelson Mandela stood before the United Nations in New York City and called for the lifting of economic sanctions by the international community against South Africa; and in November Mandela and President De Klerk agreed on and signed the text the text of the new constitution, the next step to full elections in April 1994. The mailing says thus ends a quarter century of tremendous international economic pressure aimed at the destructions of the system of minority rule called apartheid. The mailing says ICCR has coordinated campaigns challenging bank and corporate actions which support apartheid for twenty three years; in these campaigns we worked in tandem with numerous other anti-apartheid organizations; and clearly this international economic pressure had a demonstrable impact in bringing the South African Government to the negotiating table. The mailing says through divestment, selective boycotts, thousands of shareholder resolutions, endless discussions with companies, demonstrations and campaigns for legislation at the state and local level, ICCR, its members and allies poured on the pressure against apartheid. The mailing says Nelson Mandela asked for the ending of the economic isolation of South Africa and an open door for new investments and loans to help rebuild a free South Africa; ICCR's Governing Board met in September and enthusiastically welcomed this call; we also agreed to translate our energy into a new phase to convince companies to make a public commitment to do their part by supporting the recently created South African Code of Business Conduct. The mailing says as you know we aren’t able to go to companies or large foundations for financial backing; this is why we've relied so heavily on our members and donors like yourselves.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections