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]

The degree of non-compliance with the Mining Charter by the industry is shocking to say the least, says The Bench Marks Foundation...
The Limpopo province is yet again set to explode following another death during clashes between police and protestors...
A lack of proper communication, disregard for human dignity and respect were some of the main topics discussed during the last day of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 12 February 2015...
For government, private sector and civil society it's no longer business as usual. The rules of the game have to change, said keynote speaker at the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI), Graça Machel...
alternative mining indaba It is time for civil society and communities to be meaningfully included in the Mining Indaba and to have at least a 50% representation at the meeting...
Speak out against mining People who speak against the devastation experienced by mining in their communities do so with a very real threat to their lives, says the Bench Marks Foundation...
Yet again organisers of the Mining Indaba and leaders of the sector have snubbed mining communities and civil society during a march by those attending the Alternative Mining Indaba on 9 February 2015...
6th Alternative Mining Indaba Exorbitant fees and omission from the Mining Indaba's programme means that those who have vital input to make, such as civil society and community members, are excluded from discussions that ultimately affect their lives and livelihood, says the Bench Marks Foundation....
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...
Archived Press Releases