Churches in South Africa asked to help

Churches asked to help

15 Jun 2011 |

‘A collective stand by churches could help in bringing about the
implementation of the rights of workers and communities’

 

Churches need to support responsible investment following an assessment on
the way companies invest in Africa without giving thought to the long-term
effects, the Bench Mark Foundation says.

“We are calling on churches for social stewardship and to promote the
protection of the environment for present and future generations,” executive
director John Capel said in a statement.

“A collective stand by churches could help in bringing about the
implementation of the rights of workers and communities as set out in the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international protocols.”

The Bench Marks Foundation was launched in 2001 by Nobel peace laureate
bishop Desmond Tutu in response to the churches’ call in 1993 to monitor and
hold businesses accountable in the new South Africa and in Southern Africa.

Capel appealed to many church representatives who attended a corporate social
responsibility meeting on Wednesday to take part in bridging the gap between
corporates and communities.

“The call for active participation is not limited to a particular faith, we
are looking for a broad-based campaign of church leaders from a variety of
religious faiths and other civil society organisations to fight for responsible
investments that provide for the needs of people, not just for the shareholders
or CEOs of major industries.”

The Bench Marks Foundation’s intention was to assist in developing a
universal perspective among church leaders on what responsible investment was.

From www.sowetanlive.co.za

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