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 10  2014 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]

A communiqué calling on African governments, the United Nations, international and local mining, business and financial houses to revolutionise the often uncaring and disrespectful way governments and mining companies treat their citizens and workers...
A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company's website by Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit...
Communities who arm themselves with knowledge and information and work together to protect their interests are clearly a threat to the government and mining companies, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
The death of four mine workers at Impala Platinum's Shaft 14 mine in Rustenburg, South Africa on Friday, 22 January 2016 is a terrible tragedy says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Despite extensive opposition and clearly not being in the country's best interests, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWAS) issued an Integrated Water Use Licence (IWUL ) on the 14th of this month to Coal of Africa,s Makhado operation...
Additional Articles Related to CoAL Report
Despite very strong opposition to Coal of Africa's (CoAL) Vele and Makhado mines in South Africa's Limpopo Province from community members and NGOs, the Department of Mineral Resources seems set to allow these mines to operate...
Attacks by mining security companies on community members and others are natural phenomena in South Africa, as witnessed first-hand by a team from the Bench Marks Foundation earlier this month...
Attacks by mining security companies on community members and others are natural phenomena in South Africa, as witnessed first-hand by a team from the Bench Marks Foundation earlier this month...
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