Welcome to the Bench Marks Foundation's website...

Bench Marks Foundation is a non-profit, faith-based organisation owned by the churches in South Africa. It is a unique organisation in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and monitors corporate performance against an international measuring instrument, the Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility; Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance. Also known as the Bench Marks Principles, this document is shared by a number of churches and church agencies across four continents.

Bench Marks Foundation is part of an international faith-based coalition that also has partners in Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, the USA, Colombia and the United Kingdom. Our partners in South Africa are the South African Council of Churches (SACC), the Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET), Industrial Mission of South Africa, and the Justice and Peace Department of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference.


     
     
COMMUNITY MONITORING SCHOOL

community monitoring project - resources manual
Consisting of community blogs and an activists school, the project is a part of the larger Bench Marks Foundation's aim which is to get communities and church leaders actively involved in the monitoring of private corporations (and government) to ensure that they are acting in an accountable and socially responsible way.

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Visit the site at:
http://communitymonitors.net

BENCH MARKS CENTRE FOR CSR

Bench Marks Centre for CSR
The Bench Marks Centre for CSR (BMC) at the North-West University is one of the collaborative research partners of the Bench Marks Foundation's research programme.

CALLS TO ACTION...
Church Leaders Call for Responsible Investment
The Church Leaders Call is a set of ethical considerations for responsible investment in Africa. The CLC serves as a tool to forge a broad-based campaign of religious leaders and civil society organisations for investment by big corporations that serves not only the bottom line of profits for a few shareholders but addresses the needs of communities and the environment
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PRESS RELEASES...
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Media articles claiming that small scale mining by so-called zama zamas is posing a threat to Johannesburg's safety are completely baseless, according to the Bench Marks Foundation...
Today's judgment in the North Gauteng Court is a game-changing victory for the right of communities in South Africa to be properly consulted before mining rights are issued, the Bench Marks Foundation says...
There is currently no place in the sun for mining-impacted communities in South Africa, and the cold darkness of the night continues for them as they are excluded from any meaningful consultation or decision making processes...
It is imperative that South Africa adopts a new way of mining that fits in with a vision of a sustainable society, according to the Chairperson of the Bench Marks Foundation, Bishop Jo Seoka...
Whether there is a new dawn for mining impacted communities, or whether their past and current nightmare of existence continues will be the focus of the annual conference of the Bench Marks Foundation, starting today...
A year has passed since we met at our conference in 2017. It has been a momentous and eventful year, one which has seen many developments for those in and impacted by the mining industry...
The tactics employed by police at yesterday's chaotic community meeting at Xolobeni on the Wild Coast are reminiscent of those used by the apartheid police, the Bench Marks Foundation said today...
Amplats shareholders, rather than workers and communities, benefited the most from the "good years" prior to the global financial crash of 2008, according to a study by Bench Marks Foundation released today in Johannesburg...
Amplats' allocation of R1.14 billion for housing projects represents only 2.79% of total dividends paid to shareholders from 2003 to 2008, a new publication by Bench Marks Foundation says...
Information provided by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in its sustainable development reporting (SDR) over a period of 13 years is inadequate to fully assess a mining company's impact on biodiversity and ecosystems...
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