Godfrey Kanyenze, director at think-tank the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ), spoke to PRWeek from Harare, suggesting global plans to target UK and Western companies.
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‘The idea is to persuade companies not to undermine labour standards,' he said. ‘We are doing work with the UN's International Labour Organisation on CSR, and looking at guidelines for investors to avoid negative incentives.
We are engaging global unions, and sharing information in terms of differences in working conditions, for instance in Zimbabwe and South Africa, which are easily compared. We are exerting pressure for the introduction of similar standards in Zimbabwe.'
Kanyenze said that LEDRIZ was currently researching CSR strategies by looking at trade unions, employers and the government specifically. ‘We are working on principles and values - what we expect companies to do when they come to our country,' he said. ‘We are empowering labour to
He added that the problem of foreign investment was not limited to Zimbabwe.