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.

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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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Responding to criticism of its latest report, Policy Gap 12, the Bench Marks Foundation said today it has earned international respect for its use of credible scientific research, as well as its accurate reflection of community views, in its reports over the past decade...
Acid mine drainage (AMD), the result of over a century of abusive mining practice, has become a real threat to the wellbeing of residents of townships adjacent to mining activities in Gauteng...
The Bench Marks Foundation has called for a parliamentary enquiry into compensation for residents of Soweto whose houses still contain asbestos, despite the building material having been banned on 28 March 2008...
South Africa could have been a wealthy country with all its citizens enjoying a decent standard of living had some of the returns from gold mining stayed here instead of making huge profits for mainly British shareholders...
Thanks to over a century of mining, Johannesburg's population is living on the largest concentration of radioactive uranium on the planet...
The people of Johannesburg and Soweto are living on a radioactive health time bomb, thanks to one of the largest mine-produced and naturally occurring concentrations of uranium on the planet...
The unregulated use of radioactive sand drawn from mine tailings/slimes waste for low-cost housing in Soweto is putting thousands of its residents at risk of developing cancer...
Communities living in the shadows of Johannesburg's infamous mine dumps are at greater risk of respiratory illnesses than those of the city's leafy northern suburbs, a new study by the Bench Marks Foundation has found...
Over a century of abusive mining practice in Gauteng has put the province's supply of fresh water at severe risk, and left current and future generations with a massive, dangerous and expensive environmental challenge...
Local government authorities that are allowing housing to be built within 500 metres of tailings dams and other mine waste sites are courting disaster, according to the Bench Marks Foundation...
The Bench Marks Foundation invites you to the launch of our latest research study, Policy Gap 12: "Waiting to inhale": A study on household health and wellbeing in four mine impacted Soweto communities ...
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