The Social and Ethics Committee: Innovating Corporate Governance in South Africa
In Beate Sjåfjell and Christopher M. Bruner (eds), Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Chapter 26.
Posted: 8 May 2019 Last revised: 15 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 6, 2019
The chapter examines the legislation of corporate sustainability in South Africa through the introduction of the Social and Ethics Committee under the country’s current Companies Act, 2008. It is argued that this is a board committee of a special kind, with original board powers. Given its far-reaching powers with regard to corporate sustainability matters – including social and economic development, good corporate citizenship, consumer relations to labour and employment, the environment, health and public safety – it is argued that the Social and Ethics Committee should be seen as the second board in companies required to have this structure.
Keywords: board powers, board committee, second board, corporate sustainability
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