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.


Policy GAP 9  2013 Annual Report
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...[Click the title to view a PDF or the image to download as an MS Word doc]

Follow this link to view the presentations...
Follow the link to view a number of recent media realeases relating to key issues discussed in this recently published report...
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the tragedy that killed 34 people in 2012. Already people are calling August 16th Marikana Day... Download PDF version
Having just come out of the longest mining strike in our history, we need to pause for reflection. Why did it take a gruelling five months to settle the strike...
The protracted strike in the platinum sector has turned monstrous, polarising society and casting a long shadow across the economic landscape...
The peace makers have arrived but not in the form originally anticipated. The balance of power is changing...
Lonmin fires more than 200 essential workers just as tensions mount and, before that, four deaths occurred...
miners strike Striking platinum workers listen to Joseph Mathunjwa, the president of the Association of Mine workers and Construction Union, at the Wonderkop stadium in Nkaneng township...
It's like a soap opera, what is going to happen next, except the stakes are very high....
So much has been said yet so little about the ongoing strike involving 70 000 platinum workers...
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