UNISYS in South Africa: Computing Apartheid with the Power of 2

C E Brief
(Vol. 16 No. 2)
by Richard Leonard, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Publisher: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The Brief discusses the strategic role of U.S. computers in South African government agencies and in many sectors of the South African economy and focuses on the second-largest U.S. computer company, Unisys. The Carter Administration banned computer sales to South African military and police, which were later loosened under the Reagan administration. The Congress widened the list of proscribed agencies that enforce apartheid. It is difficult to enforce this ban on sales to certain government agencies, and the South African government boasts about evading the computer ban. The document reports the history of religious organizations’ shareholder resolutions with Unisys and its two predecessors, Burroughs and Sperry, against their activities in South Africa.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root