U.S. Companies - No Force for Change in South Africa
by Audrey Smock, Christian T. Iosso, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
This editorial is excerpts from a letter sent by two ICCR officials to members of Congress criticizing a letter and pamphlet sent to Congress by the American Chamber of Commerce that claims that U.S. companies are a force for good in South Africa. The letter argues that the Chamber’s letter is biased and suggests that conditions in South African are improving through their implementation of the Sullivan Principles, while social and economic conditions for the majority population are worsening. The Chamber also ignores the strategic role many U.S. companies play in the apartheid economy. The ICCR letter opposes the U.S. government policy of “constructive engagement” and, quoting Bishop Desmond Tutu, it calls for further economic pressure on South Africa, including a moratorium on new investment, prohibition on sales to the South African military and police, and an end to kruggerand sales. [Note: The article is from The Corporate Examiner (Vol. 13, No. 6).]
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root