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New Book: Staking their Claims, Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in South Africa

3 Sep 2007

This new volume asks about the responsiveness of South African corporations to their social and environmental responsibilities. It also questions whether business is generally proactive in redressing the legacy of apartheid given the extremes of economic inequality. It breaks new ground in emerging from a tradition of applied social sciences rather than industrial sponsorship. It is therefore free to ask and answer questions not usually raised in the debates about corporate behaviour.

Staking Their Claims presents sectoral studies on the chemical, mining and food industries. It also examines crosscutting issues such as the response of business to black economic empowerment and the AIDS pandemic. The book provides vital insights for corporate leaders, business schools, social analysts, investors, and those in the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility.


Foreword by Peter Utting

1 The context of corporate social and environmental responsibility
David Fig

2 Political economy
Andries Bezuidenhout, David Fig, Ralph Hamann and Rahmat Omar

3 The mining industry
Ralph Hamann and Andries Bezuidenhout

4 The chemicals industry
Shirley Miller

5 Food and drink industries
David Fig

6 The impact of Black Economic Empowerment
Roger Southall and Diana Sanchez

7 Responsibility from below in the era of AIDS
David Dickinson

8 Afterword: Getting below the bottom line
Edward Webster

David Fig is Professor of Sociology at University of the Witwatersrand, Wits, South Africa

Staking their Claims, Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in South Africa is published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press; ISBN 978 1 86914 107 3. To order this book, please click here.