Due Date: 17 May 2010
During the apartheid era little to no recognition was given to anything to do with human rights, inclusivity or environmental issues. Large businesses in South Africa are gratified to be using these policies. The implementation of these policies is currently monitored by the government.
The constitution guarantees basic rights to a person. Every resident is entitled to privacy, dignity and equality. The Human Rights Commission ensures that human rights are not violated.
This means people are given equal opportunities regardless of race, gender, age, cultures and physical disabilities. Non discrimination and diversity in the workplace.
This concept involves issues such as destruction of the natural environment, exhaustion of natural resources and the efficient use of resources. With this the ecological balance can be maintained and pollution can be addressed.
Initiatives that businesses could implement with regard to these matters
Decrease in unemployment level through skills development, entrepreneurial programs making resources available to encourage informal and indigenous practices. Specific poverty alleviation programs e.g. donation of land for cultivation, development of entrepreneurial initiatives.
There are different legislation which addresses different forms of discrimination e.g. the Skills Development Act and Employment Equity Act. The Human Rights Commission supervises and handles complaints.
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism passed legislation in order to reduce pollution, rehabilitation programs e.g. Rehabilitation or by Richards Bay Minerals. The Green Scorpions established to protect the parks, water reserves, fisheries etc.
The extent to which they have been successful