5 reasons why SA Inc. must get involved in building a better society

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Shelagh Gastrow, Director of GastrowBloch Philanthropies (a philanthropy advisory service) and outgoing Executive Director of Inyathelo, gives five reasons why Corporate South Africa should get involved:

  • It’s the right thing to do.

  • They have the resources to make an impact.

  • They have the leadership, influence, organisational and managerial capacity (or at least claim to).

  • They are not an island in a turbulent sea, but are part of turbulence and often the cause of the turbulence.

  • They need to build their own social capital (most important).

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for more detail.

It’s not necessarily about the money, but rather about the way corporates can pressure government. Businesses aren’t prepared to take any political risk; they just keep their heads down. Business played a role back in the 1990s to calm the terrible violence that reigned.

Shelagh Gastrow, Director of GastrowBloch Philanthropies

Lonmin was, on paper, doing everything right before Marikana. Why can’t South African mines look like those our companies own in Australia?

Shelagh Gastrow, Director of GastrowBloch Philanthropies

This article first appeared on 702 : 5 reasons why SA Inc. must get involved in building a better society


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