Corporate Responsibility in South Africa: Limited Success, Unfulfilled Promise

Olufemi Babarinde, Stephen Wright

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is one of the most important mantras of global business today. Companies now-adays, if we believe them, are a paragon of virtue in global and local communities. International governmental and non-governmental organizations and civil-society organizations outperform one another in promoting CSR guidelines for companies and promoting conscious capitalism. For critics, however, CSR is a tool used cleverly by corporations to keep from making meaningful concessions to labor, stave off state intervention or regulation, and spin irresponsible actions. This article analyzes CSR practices in South Africa, empha-sizing the mining sector and relevant legislation. It argues that CSR performance in South Africa has been nothing short of missed opportunities and unfulfilled promises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-115
Number of pages21
JournalAfrica Today
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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