SECTION27 Executive Director Mark Heywood has sent a letter to more than 20 of South Africa’s top CEOs and business leaders, including Adi Enthoven, Stephen Saad, Adrian Gore, Roger Jardine, Cheryl Carolus and Sipho Pityana.
Heywood is trying to get business to see financial support to civil society advocacy organisations as a necessary investment in our democracy and Constitutional objective of social justice, not just a CSI box-ticking exercise.
Also, he wants them to get over their fear of association with in-your-face organisations such as SECTION27.
SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa.
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Heywood.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
We’re playing a crucial role in challenging corruption and bad governance.— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
Will you start to invest in organisations such as SECTION27?— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
Suddenly big business has discovered the value of public accountability.— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
Equality is good for business.— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
We don’t want money from companies involved in dirty dealings.— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
An engaged and independent civil society is as good for business as it is for government, even if it is critical.— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
You don’t need to be afraid of organisations like SECTION27! We work within the framework of the Constitution… everything we do we're doing for the betterment of society...— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
Society is not fair or sustainable…— Mark Heywood, SECTION27
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