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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The following Block of Articles relates to the above Court Case
in which Bench Marks Foundation is a Litigant

In a ground-breaking case, a South African court will hear on Monday that the only way to mitigate the impact of mining is through ensuring that communities have the right to say 'no' to mining...
In his haste to get the job done, the new Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, proceeded without including mining communities in a mini-indaba in mid-March...
If the mining sector is to be a sun-shine sector it has to ensure, it does not crowd out the search for clean, democratic and empowering alternatives, and factors the very real concerns of the water crisis and climate change...
The Bench Marks Foundation is concerned that this weekend planned meeting with labour, business and governments excludes communities...
On the Wild Coast there is an area called Umgungundlovu. It is an area of immense natural beauty where several hundred people - the Applicants. This case arises because the sands of Umgungundlovu are rich in titanium...
I wish to make it clear, at the very outset, that the respondents oppose this application on principally the following grounds...
The foundation has formed a more nuanced view of mining. While mining can provide benefits, communities are vulnerable to grevious harm that can outweigh any gains...
The exclusion of community representatives from the inaugural discussion about the mining charter that took place over the past weekend does not augur well for the charter's future, says Bench Marks Foundation...
The Bench Marks Foundation has welcomed the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the minister of mineral resources, adding that he may be the right person to fully grasp the industry and its impacts and listen to the voice of civil society and communities' concerns...
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