Improve standards, companies working in Africa told

International companies operating in Africa should improve their standards and investments in the development of the continent, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation has said.

The Foundation has launched the “100 Days of Change” campaign, voicing the inequalities related to doing business in Africa, and the dishonourable practices conducted by foreign companies on African soil.

Mr. John Kufuor, former Ghanaian President

The campaign challenges the corporations to create resolutions for sustainable change and present those resolutions at the Sullivan Summit IX, which will be held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 20th to 24th August 2012.

The Foundation will also celebrate those corporations whose business practices are exceptionally supporting the development of Africa.

“It’s time for the international community to understand that Africa cannot be taken for granted. We as Africans cannot stand by as our riches, our land, and most of all, our dignity are taken from us, especially for the clear motive of profit above the preservation of basic human rights,” said the Summit IX Chairman, former Ghanaian President John Kufuor.

He went on to say that: “Although there are various injustices, there are also numerous companies doing good, and we wish to highlight them as role models.”
Over the course of the “100 Days of Change” campaign, the Sullivan Foundation, through tweets, Facebook and the Sullivan Foundation website will present the opportunity for individuals, Non-profits, and NGO’s to blog, to share photos, and to speak out with numerous Heads of States and CEO’s at Sullivan Summit IX.

The Summit stands as a unique venue for communicating and drawing on the economic inequalities created by corporations on African soil.

Ms. Hope Sullivan Masters, the President and CEO of the Foundation said: “This is an opportunity for foreign firms working in Africa to demonstrate their solutions for building enabling environments in the communities of which they have taken advantage. Created by my late father, the Global Sullivan Principles stand as a tool for human rights, the basis for corporate social responsibility, and will be a platform to command the equality Africans deserve.”

Summit Chairman Mr. Kufuor has written a statement to world leaders and CEO’s of international firms inviting them to attend the Summit and to partake in the 100 Days of Change campaign.

“Africa is seen today as the new investment destination of the entire world, however we must be cognizant that Africans are not taken advantage of in the process. We know the endless economic opportunities that the continent has to offer, but we cannot afford to taint the continent by remaining naive to clear injustices,” Mr. Kufuor said.