n Transactions of the Centre for Business Law - South African corporate social responsibility : chapter 7 : part four : corporate social responsibility in South Africa and the United States of America

Volume 2010, Issue 46
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The Republic of South Africa (South Africa), given its unique and intricate socio-economic status caused by years of the application of an apartheid system has, arguably, a very different perspective of corporate social responsibility to that of the United States of America (America). The present government has enacted policies, which encourage private business to be responsible with regard to the economic empowerment of particular groups in the national economy. The legal order, which prevailed before the 1994 democratic elections, changed the socio-economic structures in that it legitimised and supported a system of social subordination. Consequently, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been offered as one solution to redress social and economic imbalances caused by the apartheid system.

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