So. Africa: Human rights country guide exposes business sector abuses

So.Africa business and human rights country guide
A country guide on business and human rights in South Africa has been produced by the South African Human Rights Commission together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights. The report seeks to raise awareness of the key human rights abuses committed by, and found within, the business sector; and calls for increased oversight and regulation by government to ensure accountability for victims. The report and related media items can be found below.

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8 April 2015

So. Africa: Business and human rights country guide produced by So. African Human Rights Commission and DIHR

Author: Danish Institute for Human Rights and South African Human Rights Commission

'Human rights and business country guide', 20 March 2015:This Human Rights and Business Country Guide contains information regarding the [p]otential and actual human rights impacts of businesses operating in South Africa. The Information…is intended to help companies respect human rights…contribute to development…[and] manage their…impacts...The Country Guide provides a systematic overview of the human rights issues that companies should be particularly aware of…it provides guidance for companies on how to ensure respect for human rights in their operations or in collaboration with suppliers and other business partners. The Country Guide is not only a resource, but a process…

[with sections on Labour Standards: Child Labour, Forced Labour, Occupational Health & Safety, Trade Unions, Working Conditions; Community Impacts: Environment, Land & Property, Revenue Transparency & Management, Security & Conflict; Sector Profiles: Agriculture, Extractive, Construction]

[Refers to All Pay, Anglo American, Anglo Platinum, ArcelorMittal, Astral Foods, Aveng, Basil Read, Bengwenyama, BHP Billiton, Blue Platinum, Bridgestone, Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals, Central Rand Gold, Cousin’s Coal, Deloitte, Digby Wells, DRD Gold, Enviroserv, Eskom, Exxaro, Fidelity, Forbes & Manhattan, G4S, Genorah, Gold Fields, Group 5, Harmony, Impala Platinum, Keaton Energy, Lauxess Chrome, Lonmin, Msobo Coal, Murray & Roberts, Omnia Coal, Pamodzi Gold, SAA, SABC, Samancor, Sasol, Shell, Shoprite, Solms-Delta, Tesco, Total, Transnet, Tsodilo Resources, Walmart-Massmart, WBHO, William Patrick Bower, Woolworths, Xstrata]

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2 April 2015

So. Africa: Report highlights 'general lack of awareness' within business sector of human rights responsibilities

Author: Chantelle Benjamin, Mail & Guardian (So. Africa)

'SA business slammed for rights abuses', 2 Apr 2015: The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has released its first report into human rights abuses in the local business sector…The mining and agriculture sectors are most commonly cited for human rights abuses…It…also found…discrimination in the workplace to be prevalent in small and medium businesses…[T]he report contains guidelines for business and government on how to establish best practice in the sector…Commissioner Mohamed Ameermia…[said] the SAHRC was particularly concerned about…the difficulty the poor and disenfranchised have in fighting for better conditions, such as access to housing or against abuse by employers…The commission said…there was a general lack of awareness about the business sector’s obligations with regard to human rights…including…[non] discrimination, working conditions, occupational safety and the rights of migrant labour…