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									Review of Corporate Social Responsibility
          policies and actions
       in Mauritius and Rodrigues

               Final Report

                 April 2008
Table of Contents

1   Introduction................................................................................. 3
    1.1       Background information ........................................................3
    1.2       Structure of the Report .........................................................3
2   Methodology ................................................................................ 4
    2.1       Data collection: secondary data review ...................................4
    2.2       Data collection: CSR review survey.........................................4
              2.2.1   Planning activities ..............................................................    4
              2.2.2   Design of survey................................................................      4
              2.2.3   Sampling ..........................................................................   5
              2.2.4   Conduct of survey..............................................................       9
    2.3       Discussion forums and working sessions..................................9
    2.4       Interviews ..........................................................................9
    2.5       International benchmarking................................................. 11
3   Overview of CSR ........................................................................ 12
4   Findings – large organisations ................................................... 22
    4.1       Strategic approach to CSR................................................... 22
    4.2       Internal CSR ..................................................................... 27
    4.3       Framework for external CSR activities ................................... 31
    4.4       Evaluation of implementation of CSR activities ....................... 40
    4.5       Philanthropic and sponsorship activities................................. 44
    4.6       Partnerships with other organisations ................................... 46
    4.7       Corporate views on NGO ..................................................... 48
    4.8       Potential partnerships......................................................... 53
    4.9       Interest in policy dialogues.................................................. 58
    4.10      Concluding comments......................................................... 59
    4.11      Summary of key findings .................................................... 61
5   Findings - SMEs.......................................................................... 64
    5.1       Strategic approach to CSR................................................... 64
    5.2       Internal CSR ..................................................................... 65
    5.3       Framework for external CSR activities ................................... 67
    5.4       Evaluation of implementation of CSR activities ....................... 71
    5.5       Philanthropic and sponsorship activities................................. 74
    5.6       Partnerships with other organisations ................................... 76
    5.7       End word .......................................................................... 81
    5.8       Summary of key findings .................................................... 82
6   Findings – Rodrigues ................................................................. 84
7   Legal review .............................................................................. 85
    7.1       Existing regulatory framework ............................................. 85
              7.1.1   Fundamental Rights ..........................................................85
              7.1.2   Labour ............................................................................88
              7.1.3   Environment ....................................................................90
              7.1.4   Trading ...........................................................................93
              7.1.5    Business..........................................................................95
              7.1.6    Security ..........................................................................99
     7.2      Local voluntary codes of conduct and ethical standards ......... 100
              7.2.1    Joint Economic Council – Model of Conduct ......................... 100
              7.2.2    Mauritius Code of Ethics................................................... 101
              7.2.3    Code of Corporate Governance ......................................... 102
     7.3      International codes and guidelines...................................... 105
              7.3.1    United Nations Global Compact ......................................... 105
              7.3.2    OECD Guidelines............................................................. 107
              7.3.3    Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (GRI Guidelines) ............ 109
     7.4      Mechanisms of control from the State and civil society .......... 110
              7.4.1 Ministry of Environment and National Development Unit ....... 110
              7.4.2 Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations ......................... 111
              7.4.3 Ministry of Women’s Rights, Child Development, Family Welfare &
              Consumer Protection.................................................................. 112
              7.4.4 Registrar of Companies.................................................... 113
              7.4.5 The Office of the Ombudsman........................................... 113
8    Recommendations ....................................................................115
     8.1      Overview ........................................................................ 115
     8.2      An enabling framework for partnerships .............................. 116
     8.3      Initiatives at individual sector level ..................................... 117
              8.3.1    Overview ....................................................................... 117
              8.3.2    Private sector initiatives................................................... 117
              8.3.3    Government initiatives..................................................... 119
              8.3.4    Reform at NGO level ....................................................... 123
     8.4      Joint partnership initiatives................................................ 127
              8.4.1    Government and private sector dialogue ............................ 127
              8.4.2    Private sector and NGO sector dialogue.............................. 127
              8.4.3    Government and NGO sector dialogue................................ 131
     8.5      Towards a three-sector partnership model ........................... 131
              8.5.1    Mission.......................................................................... 133
              8.5.2    Membership ................................................................... 133
              8.5.3    Specific objectives .......................................................... 134
              8.5.4    The modus operandi........................................................ 134
     8.6      The Rodrigues case .......................................................... 137
9    Thematic areas of potential partnerships..................................140
10   Conclusion ................................................................................144

1        Introduction

1.1      Background information

Kemp Chatteris Deloitte (KCD) was commissioned by the Government of Mauritius, in
partnership with the Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS) and the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to undertake a review of Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) in Mauritius Republic. This assignment is part of an overall program
set to reinforce the NGO sector both in Mauritius and Rodrigues.

The objectives of the project are:

♦     To assess CSR strategies in major industries and Small and Medium Enterprises in
      the Republic of Mauritius and make recommendations to target enterprises and the
      public sector;
♦     To assess the relation between the Private Sector and the NGO sector; and
♦     To identify potential areas of strategic partnerships between the Private Sector and
      the NGO sector.

1.2      Structure of the Report

Section 2 details our multifaceted methodology adopted to review CSR in Mauritius
including the data review, conduct of survey, participatory discussion forums and
working sessions, interviews with authorities and relevant opinion leaders as well as
international benchmarking.

Section 3 presents an overview of CSR, with attempting a definition of the term,
reviewing the history of, views on, key drivers and evolution of CSR. It then proceeds to
look at the advantages of CSR, analyse the impact of law on CSR and provide examples
of CSR in the workplace.

Sections 4, 5 and 6 present our findings on large organisations, SMEs and in Rodrigues

Section 7 focuses on the existing regulatory framework, local voluntary codes of conduct
and ethical standards, international codes and guidelines and goes on to analyse the
adequacy of the mechanisms of control from the state and from civil society.

Section 8 sets out our recommendations.

Section 9 identifies thematic areas of potential partnerships.

Section 10 closes with the conclusion.

2        Methodology

2.1      Data collection: secondary data review

Extensive and critical literature search

Our team members engaged in a literature review on CSR. This was essential for the
exploratory research and design of the questionnaire. The literature review englobed the
Deloitte network, academic and business sources, the internet, and the media.

2.2      Data collection: CSR review survey

2.2.1 Planning activities


A work plan was prepared for approval by the Project Management Unit (PMU).             The
work plan:

♦     Provided the necessary information to assist in establishing the assignment charter,
      boundaries and execution approach;
♦     Helped in the preparation of contingency plans (if necessary); and
♦     Set out quality of work expected and frequency of monitoring of the assignment.

2.2.2 Design of survey
For this study, given the unique research objectives we engaged in:

♦     Exploratory research; and
♦     Descriptive research.

Exploratory Research

In order to (i) verify the applicability and extent of CSR in the Mauritian context (ii)
refine the research objectives and (iii) obtain additional input for the questionnaire, we
conducted informal interviews with professionals from various organisations. Simple
questions were put to them such as:

♦     How do you define CSR?
♦     Does your organisation have a formal policy towards CSR?
♦     Which resources do you devote to CSR activities?
♦     What does CSR activities encompass in your organisation?
♦     Does your organisation have a team/employee looking after CSR?

Descriptive Research

A descriptive study was undertaken to find answers for the research objectives. A
questionnaire was designed to collect the primary data.

2.2.3 Sampling

       Segment identified              Sampling unit
1      Major national corporations     We referred to the “Top 100 Companies 2006” to
                                       obtain the sampling frame for the major national
                                       corporations in Mauritius. This compilation was a
                                       good starting point as it provided valuable
                                       information such as turnover, profit, sector of activity
2      International corporations      The sampling unit consisted of all international
                                       corporations present in Mauritius.
3      SMEs                            We referred to the list of SMEs registered with the
                                       defunct Small and Medium Industries Development
                                       Organisation, now Small Enterprises & Handicraft
                                       Development Authority (SEHDA).

Selection of sampling variables

The sampling frame addressed the 3 segments identified by the Strengthening of the
NGO Sector in Mauritius (SNSM):

♦   Major national corporations;
♦   International corporations; and
♦   SMEs.
We proposed 3 sampling variables (for the first two segments), which we believe, were
pertinent to our survey:

       Sampling variable                                   Retained by SNSM Project
1      Sector of activity                                  Retained
2      Turnover; and                                       Retained
3      Whether organisation is engaged in CSR or not       Not retained

Sampling process

For this study, organisations in major industries of the economy and SMEs were
investigated. More specifically, the sampling aimed at addressing:

♦   Major national organisations;
♦   International corporations; and
♦   SMEs.

For the purpose of this assignment, both the probability and non-probability sampling
methods have been used, as summarised below:

    Target                                 Sampling Frame          Sampling                 Sampling
                                                                   Variables                Method
1   Major National and International       Top 100 Companies       -   Sector of Activity   Probability
    Corporations                                                   -   Turnover             Sampling
2   SMEs                                   SME Directory           -   Sector of Activity   Non-Probability

1. Major National and International Corporations

For major national and international corporations, the sampling frame that we have used
is the Top Hundred Companies as this gives a reliable and complete overview of major
national and international corporations.

Moreover, these organisations have been categorised along 2 major variables namely (i)
sector of activity (ii) turnover. We stratified the organisations with the following

        Sectors                                                  Turnover (RsM)

                                                           <1000 1001 - 2000     >2000       No.

    1   Agriculture                                          5          1           1         7

    2   Aviation, Shipping and Transport                     3          -           1         4

    3   Construction                                         4          2           1         7

    4   Consumer Business                                   17          9           8        34

    5   Energy                                               -          1           3         4

    6   Investment and Financial Services                    7          1           4        12

    7   Manufacturing                                       16          1           3        20

    8   Technology, Media and Telecommunications             1          -           1         2

    9   Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure                     5          3           2        10

                                                            58         18          24       100

For major national and international corporations, we considered a sample size of 63,
distributed as follows across the sectors:

                                                           Turnover (RsM)
      Sectors                                     <1000      1001 - 2000    >2000       No.
  1   Agriculture                                     4                                 4
  2   Aviation, Shipping and Transport                2                       1         3
  3   Construction                                    3          1            1         5
  4   Consumer Business                               12         3            5         20
  5   Energy                                                                  1         1
  6   Investment and Financial Services               3          1            2         6
  7   Manufacturing                                   9                       1         10
  8   Technology, Media and Telecommunications        1                       1         2
  9   Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure                5          2            1         8

                                                      39          7          13         59

We considered the banking sector separately given that most, if not all, of them indulge
in CSR.    The Top Hundred Companies has also been used as the sampling frame for
banks. We classified banks on the basis of total assets and took a sample of 4 banks
proportionately stratified as follows:

Total Assets (RsM)        Number             Sample

<5,000                    6                  2

5,001 - 10,000            5                  1

>10,000                   7                  1

                          18                 4

2. SMEs

For SMEs, we considered a sample of 37 organisations. The sampling variable was the
sector of activity of organisations with the SME directory as the sampling frame.

     Sector                              Number

1    Food and Beverage                     221          7
2    Leather and Garments                  166          4
3    Wood and Furniture                    205          7
4    Paper products and Printing           100          3
5    Chemical, Rubber and Plastic          84           3
6    Pottery and Ceramic                    6           -
7    Jewellery and Related items           73           2
8    Fabricated Metal Products             169          5
9    Others                                151          4
                                          1175         37

Summary of sample used

A summary and detailed description of the sample used is as follows:-

                                                            Total sample size


                         Large national and                                     SMES in Mauritius and
                     international corporations                                      Rodrigues
                    In Mauritius and Rodrigues

                                    63                                                   37

      Large organisations                         Banks

               59                                  4

Contact method

We used the face-to-face interview to administer the questionnaire because this

♦   Enables the interviewer to establish rapport with the respondent;
♦   Allows the interviewer to observe as well as listen; and
♦   Permits the respondent to get clarification from the interviewer.

We ran a training session whereby all interviewers were instructed into how to properly
administer the questionnaire so as to avoid ambiguity in questions and answers, and
how to interpret body language of respondent.

2.2.4 Conduct of survey
We conducted the survey once our pilot test was over and the questionnaire and/or the
approach to administering same was/were vetted by SNSM, Ministry of Social Security
and MACOSS, and the CSR Task Force.

Teams      of   2   interviewers      administered       the     questionnaires        with   Heads      of   the

2.3      Discussion forums and working sessions

We facilitated consultative working sessions with the Steering Committee on the CSR
project. The Steering Committee comprised representatives from:

♦     the Government (e.g. the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior
      Citizens Welfare & Reform Institutions, Ministry of Finance and Economic
      Development, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade
      & Cooperation);
♦     the private sector (private companies, and bodies such JEC, and MEF); and
♦     the civil society (Fondation Medine Horizons, SOS Femmes, Trust Fund for Social
      Integration of Vulnerable Groups, Prévention Information et Lutte contre le SIDA,
      Centre de Solidarité pour une Nouvelle Vie etc).

2.4      Interviews

We also conducted interviews with representatives of major stakeholders to obtain their
views on various aspects of CSR. Organisations met are as follows:

Body                                                               Whom we met

Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and SCW & RI     Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, & SCW and RI     Assistant Secretary

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development                       Financial Secretary

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development                        Director Financial Policy Analysis

National Economic and Social Council (NESC)                         Chairperson

National Economic and Social Council (NESC)                         Research Coordinator

Decentralized Corporation Programme                                International Expert

Trust Fund for Social Integration of Vulnerable Groups             Co-coordinator

NGO Trust Fund                                                     Officer in Charge

Law Reform Commission                                              Chief Executive Officer

Body                                                       Whom we met

National Committee on Corporate Governance                 Chairperson

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)                Resident Representative

                                                           Senior Programme
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

                                                           Project Coordination
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)

Joint Economic Council (JEC)

Mauritius Employers Federation (MEF)                       Director

Mauritius Employers Federation (MEF)                       Research Officer

                                                           Communication and
Mauritius Commercial Bank
                                                           Media Specialist

British American Investment Group of Companies (BAI)       Vice President

British American Investment Group of Companies (BAI)       Responsible CSR

T-Printers                                                 Director

                                                           Social Implementation
Fondation Médine Horizons

Fondation Nouveau Regard                                   Administrator

ANAHITA (Ciel Group)                                       Director Communication

Association des Hoteliers et Restaurateurs – Ile Maurice
                                                           Chief Executive Officer

Association des Hoteliers et Restaurateurs – Ile Maurice
                                                           Officer Responsible CSR

Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS)               President

Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS)               Secretary

Centre de Documentation, de Recherche, de Formation
Indiaocéanique (CEDREFI)

Centre de Documentation, de Recherche, de Formation
Indiaocéanique (CEDREFI)

Befrienders Mauritius                                      Secretary

Prevention Information et Lutte contre le SIDA             Director

Fondation Tamriv                                           Administrative Director

Fondation Tamriv                                           Field Coordinator

Body                                              Whom we met

Fondation Tamriv                                   Field Coordinator

Institute for Consumers Protection (ICP)           President

Right Now                                         Secretary

Mouvement Autosuffisance Alimentaire (MAA)        President

Priorité Enfants                                  Psychologist

Force Vive Poudre d’Or Village                    President

2.5     International benchmarking

We have also carried out internet-based international benchmarking to collect data on
best practices in other countries.

3      Overview of CSR


The conduct of business has been an increased concern for society and subject to
continuous criticism over the years. Out of such criticism has grown the notion of
corporate social responsibility (CSR). Many critics argue that organisations must
evaluate the impact of their decisions and actions on society as a whole and that they
must assume responsibility for their activities and related consequences.

Furthermore, it is also argued that organisations should take steps to protect and
improve the welfare of society. Some have even suggested that organisations exist to
serve the needs of society. Therefore, being a steward of the needs of society is a
socially responsible, appropriate, and natural act. In short, organisations must evaluate
their decisions and actions not merely from the perspective of organisational
effectiveness, but also from the perspective of the greater good.

Against this background of rights and obligations, many organisations have responded
to the challenge with a commitment to social responsibility that has led to increased
corporate    responsiveness   to     stakeholders   and   improved   social   (stakeholder)


The definitions provide some insight into the ideal of CSR. Some of the well-known
definitions of CSR are as follows:

♦   “Corporate social responsibility is a commitment to improve community well-being
    through discretionary business practices and contributions of corporate resources”
    (Kotler & Lee, 2005).
♦   CSR is the     "continuing commitment by business to behaving ethically and
    contributing to economic development while improving the quality of life of the
    workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large" (R.
    Sims, 2003).
♦   According to Caroll (2003), “The social responsibility of business encompasses the
    economic, legal, ethical and discretionary (philanthropic) expectations that society
    has of organisations at a given point in time."


Elements of corporate social responsibility (CSR) are not a new phenomenon nor
indeed are the business practices associated with it. “Traditions of corporate
philanthropy date back to the Victorian era with the activities of Quaker families such
as the Cadburys, Rowntrees and Hersheys who sought to improve their employees'
standard of living as well as enhancing the communities in which they lived” (Hancock,

CSR has rapidly grown in the last 20 years, moving up the boardroom agenda of even
the most hard-headed companies. At its most passive, there is the 'hands-off'
approach, with charitable giving and patronage of charities decided by the chairman or
a board committee. Even where there is a more business-based approach a great deal
of what passes as CSR at top companies has been described as merely ‘passive box
ticking’ driven by external pressures rather than a genuine desire to do business in an
ethical way. But increasingly there is support for more active CSR involving a range of
stakeholders. Many companies now back and organize specific schemes, often in
conjunction with the not-for-profit sector, with the belief that this will contribute to
both the medium-and long-term success of their business.

Moreover, research published by the UK's Institute of Business Ethics, comparing
companies in the FTSE 250, provides strong evidence that “those clearly committed to
ethical behaviour perform better financially over the long term than those lacking such
a commitment” (Alison Maitland, Financial Times, 3 April 2003). It is also argued that
CSR strategy can help manage the effects of globalization, cut environmental cost,
raise productivity and improve staff recruitment and retention rates. Furthermore,
following the Enron, Andersen and WorldCom scandals, there is a greater recognition
by businesses that CSR can help to restore public trust in the corporate world.

The current world business climate is positive for CSR. A global CEO survey undertaken
in the year 2002 found that 70 per cent of chief executives globally agree that CSR is
vital to profitability.

Moreover, according to Business in the Community, more than 70 per cent of business
leaders believe that integrating responsible business practices makes companies more
competitive and profitable.

Views on CSR

According to Hancock (2005), there exist 3 views on CSR namely: a sceptic view, a
utopian view and a realist view.

♦   Sceptic view
According to this view, the notion of CSR is inimical to democracy and freedom,
frustrating business focus on its purpose of wealth creation. Milton Friedman best
defines the approach: “Few trends would so thoroughly undermine the very
foundations of free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social
responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as they
possibly can”.

♦   Utopian view
The utopian view of CSR reflects the idea that companies have a prior duty to any-one
touched by their activity, their stakeholders rather than their shareholders, and
especially the vulnerable, who may be exploited by the company's operation.

♦   Realist view
The view that gathers the greatest following is the realist view. According to this view,
CSR is not simply about whatever funds and expertise companies choose to invest in
communities to help resolve social problems, it is also about the integrity with which a
company governs itself, fulfils its mission, lives by its values, engages with its
stakeholders, measures its impacts and reports on its activities.

The Key Drivers

There are many drivers of CSR programmes namely:

♦   Bottom line effect: By far the most relevant driver of CSR programmes is the
    bottom-line effect of incorporating a socially responsible element into corporate

♦   Lower equity risk premium: A comprehensive CSR programme, as argued by some
    ratings agencies, will lower a company's equity risk premium.

♦   Reputation management: A model designed by the global public relations company
    Bell Pottinger illustrates a direct correlation between reputation and financial
    outcome measures – share price and credit rating (Hancock, 2005).

♦   Influence of the corporate disasters: The corporate scandals affecting Enron,
    WorldCom and the like have undoubtedly increased the perception of greed among
    senior business officials in the corporate world. CSR is important in counteracting
    allegations of corporate greed. As a result, in the US as in the UK there has been a

    shift away from philanthropy in approaches to CSR and a movement towards the
    greater alignment of CSR to business strategy and corporate governance.

♦   Customer loyalty: A CSR programme can build loyalty with customers and offer a
    competitive advantage in a marketplace where consumers demand goods and
    services ethically delivered or produced.

♦   Further investment case: A strong investment case exists for the avoidance of
    expensive action suits and the ability to attract, motivate and retain a talented
    workforce. In terms of a proactive strategy, CSR may give the opportunity for
    business to inform shareholders of potential risks and issues. Any dialogue engaged
    in allows companies to understand their stakeholders, including shareholders,

CSR evolution

Organisations have moved away from traditional philanthropic approaches, focused on
one-way disbursement of charitable funds, to efforts aimed at engaging the core
competencies of the company and building mutually beneficial partnerships between
the company and NGOs. Some of the key trends are illustrated below.




As shown above, CSR is no longer confined to one-off philanthropic activities; it is now
integrated into corporate strategy, with full-fledged department overseeing CSR

Moreover, breadth of CSR strategies and initiatives has also evolved immensely over
recent years as follows:


“Most health care professionals promise that if we engage in regular physical activity
we’ll look better, feel better, do better, and live longer. There are many who say that
participation in corporate social initiatives has similar potential benefits. It appears that
such participation looks good to potential consumers, investors, financial analysts,
business colleagues, in annual reports and in the news” (Kotler & Lee, 2005).

CSR proffers a number of advantages to organisations namely:

♦   Stronger financial performance and profitability
Businesses can use CSR and corporate sustainability to produce direct benefits for the
bottom line. For example, operational efficiencies can be achieved through reducing
energy and materials as input factors for production. Wastes can also be reduced and
materials can be recycled. These sorts of actions from eco-efficiency can produce
concurrent environmental and economic benefits for the company and thereby
contribute to stronger financial performance and more positive profitability.

Operational efficiencies can be achieved in other facets of CSR such as streamlining the
way that information is provided to the investment community as well as to other
stakeholders that demand increased transparency. Managing potential risks and
liabilities more effectively through CSR tools and perspectives can also reduce costs.
Using corporate responsibility and sustainability approaches within business decision-
making can result not only in reduced costs but can also lead to recognizing new

market opportunities such as when new manufacturing processes are developed that
can be expanded to other plants, regions or markets. There are various studies that
have examined the relationship between CSR and corporate financial performance and
most of the evidence suggests that the links are positive.

♦   Improved relations with the investment community and better access to capital
The investment community has been exploring the links between corporate social
responsibility and financial performance of businesses. There is growing evidence
(through indices such as the Dow Jones Group Sustainability Index (DJGSI), the FTSE4
Good indices, and the Jantzi Social Index) that companies that embrace the essential
qualities of CSR generally outperform their counterparts that do not use features of
CSR. This information is being translated into action within the investment community
(e.g. with creation of funds such as Socially Responsible Investment, Domini Social
Equity Fund, EcoValue 21).

An increasing number of mutual funds are now integrating CSR criteria into their
selection processes to screen in sounder companies and/or screen out businesses that
do not meet certain environmental or social standards. Thus, a CSR approach by a
company can improve the stature of the company in the perspective of the investment
community, a company’s stock market valuation, and its capacity to access capital
from that community.

♦   Enhanced employee relations, productivity and innovation
A key potential benefit from CSR initiatives involves establishing the conditions that
can contribute to increasing the commitment and motivation of employees to become
more innovative and productive. Companies that employ CSR related perspectives and
tools tend to be businesses that provide the pre-conditions for increased loyalty and
commitment from employees.

These conditions can serve to help to recruit employees, retain employees, motivate
employees to develop skills, and encourage employees to pursue learning, to find
innovative ways to not only reduce costs but to also spot and take advantage of new
opportunities for maximizing benefits, reduce absenteeism, and may also translate into
marginally less demands for higher wages.

♦   Stronger relations within communities through stakeholder engagement
A key feature of CSR involves the way that a company engages, involves, and
collaborates with its stakeholders including shareholders, employees, debtholders,
suppliers,   customers,      communities,    non-governmental    organisations,     and
governments. To the extent that stakeholder engagement and collaboration involve
maintaining an open dialogue, being prepared to form effective partnerships, and

demonstrating transparency (through measuring, accounting, and reporting practices),
the relationship between the business and the community in which it operates is likely
to be more credible and trustworthy. This is a potentially important benefit for
companies because it increases their "licence to operate", enhances their prospects to
be supported over the longer term by the community, and improves their capacity to
be more sustainable.

Companies can use stakeholder engagement to internalize society’s needs, hopes,
circumstances into their corporate views and decision-making. While there are many
questions about how far a company’s responsibilities extend into communities relative
to the roles of governments and individual citizens, there is a strong argument that
CSR can effectively improve a company’s relations with communities and thereby
produce some key features that will improve business prospects for its future.

♦   Improved reputation and branding
A potential benefit of CSR is that it can improve a company’s reputation and branding
and this in turn improves the prospects for the company to be more effective in the
way that it manages communications and marketing in efforts to attract new
customers and increase market share. CSR as a concept with various tools can help a
company to position itself in the marketplace as a company that is more responsible
and more sustainable than its competitors.

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law

The issues of "social responsibility" and "legality" are not one and the same. CSR is
often viewed as acts that stretch beyond what is prescribed by the law. Indeed, many
believe that certain existing laws do not promote socially responsible behaviour.
“Thinking about legality and responsibility identifies four distinct organisational
approaches to social responsibility: illegal and irresponsible, illegal and responsible,
irresponsible and legal, and legal and responsible” (Sims, 2003)

Approaches                   Examples (Sims, 2003)

1. Illegal and               An investigation was launched to examine claims that
irresponsible                some companies took advantage of the catastrophic
                             Pennsylvania    Ashland      Petroleum   tank    collapse     by
                             dumping their own toxic wastes into the already
                             polluted Monongahela River. Dumping this type of
                             material into the river is prohibited by law, and it was
                             clearly irresponsible to further contaminate the water.

2. Illegal and responsible   Greenpeace has on many occasions engaged in illegal
                             acts in an effort to protect the environment. For
                             example, during the mid-1990s, they attempted to
                             block French nuclear tests in the South Pacific by
                             illegally occupying French territory and harassing French
                             military operations.

3. Irresponsible and legal   For example, beer companies produce commercials that
                             appeal to underage drinkers, and casinos sometimes
                             make special offers that encourage people to trade their
                             Social   Security   checks    for   gambling    chips.   These
                             organisations are acting within the letter of the law but
                             not the spirit of the law.

4. Legal and responsible     Since 1984 Patagonia has given 10 percent of its pre-
                             tax profits to such groups as the Wolf Fund, the
                             Audubon Society, and the Nature Conservancy. Ben &
                             Jerry's gives 7.5 percent of its pre-tax profits to charity,
                             while the Hallmark Corporation for the past 80 years
                             has donated more than 5 percent of its corporate pre-
                             tax profits to charitable causes. These charitable acts on
                             the part of Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, and Hallmark are
                             both legal and highly socially responsible.

Examples of CSR in the workplace

It is widely agreed that CSR is a concept that is theoretical and basically meaningless
to practice unless it is applied in some organisational context. Just wearing the CSR
badge does not necessarily mean that an organisation is responsible. Some
organisations use being responsible simply as a marketing ploy.

Generally speaking, social responsibility can be categorized into four major areas of
impact or performance: (i) human resources—development and protection of people;
(ii) community, cultural, and societal involvement and philanthropy; (iii) environmental
protection, waste reduction, and sustainability; and (iv) product, consumer, and
service contributions and protections.

Social responsibility         Some examples of Policies and practices
area of impact

1. Human resources:       ♦   Helping employees with family responsibilities
development and           ♦   Providing employees a safe, clean, healthy, and pleasant work
protection of people
                          ♦   Providing equal opportunities in hiring and promotion
                          ♦   Provide employees with adequate training and educational
                              opportunities in a timely manner that enhances organisational
                              and personal career goals.

2. Community, cultural    ♦   Obeying all applicable laws and regulations.
and societal              ♦   Giving back to the community, in which the organisation
                              resides, does business or impacts on stakeholders in terms of
involvement and               philanthropy, donations, foundations, volunteerism, or other
philanthropy                  contributions.
                          ♦   Supporting educational, humanitarian, and/or environmental
                              causes with financial donations or volunteer assistance or
                              other socially responsible investments.
                          ♦   Participate in community environmental programs and forums
                              that seek to protect the environment, support human rights,
                              restore biodiversity, and enhance sustainability

3. Environmental          ♦   Adoption of recognized environmental guidelines
protection, waste         ♦   Seek to introduce environmentally friendly processes and
                              practices though continuous improvement policies
reduction and
                          ♦   Identifying and reducing in every way possible the overall
sustainability                damage the organisation does to the environment
                          ♦   Purchase only energy saving and recyclable equipment and
                          ♦   Applying environmental and sustainability         standards   to
                              purchasing and vendor relationships.

Social responsibility       Some examples of Policies and practices
area of impact

4. Product, consumer,   ♦   Provide guidelines and means for consumer protection in
                            accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
service contributions
                        ♦   Design products and services for the environment that use
and protections             fewer raw materials and less energy in production or
                        ♦   Design products to minimize consumption of energy and
                            production of wastes, including reduction in packaging
                        ♦   Provide truthful information on the known environmental
                            impacts of the organisation and its products and services.

4      Findings – large organisations

4.1    Strategic approach to CSR

History of CSR in Mauritius

CSR across the modern world traces its origin back to governmental regulation shaping
personnel and environmental issues back in the 1970s. At that time, CSR activities
were mainly confined to compliance with prevailing laws and regulations. Since then,
CSR has become embedded into the organisational culture, strategy and operations
across frontiers.

                                           Chart 1

                          History of the company's engagement in CSR

        Others (include
      vague answers and
          undisclosed                                                    Since start-up
           answers)                                                          39%

          Recently (~3 years)
                                        About 10 years      About 20 years
                                            back                back
                                            10%                  7%

CSR initiatives go quite a long way back in Corporate Mauritius as well, up to 20 years
back. Involvement in CSR has started at varying points in time for the companies
surveyed. In order to assess the history of CSR and its trend over time, companies
were surveyed on their engagement in CSR activities. It is interesting to note that the
highest percentage of respondents (39%) have started CSR activities since their star-
up.   25% of companies engaged in CSR activities since recently only (less than 3
years) confirming the belief that CSR is an emerging trend in the country.

Introduction of CSR in Mauritian companies

                                                 Chart 2

                                       Why did you start at all?

    Enhance image vis-à-vis                                               54.0%
      external co mmunity

    Enhance image vis-à-vis
      internal co mmunity

              Glo bal P o licy

                            0%   10%       20%       30%     40%   50%     60%      70%

CSR seeped into Mauritian enterprises for various reasons. Most organisations initially
engaged in CSR activities mainly to enhance their image vis-à-vis (i) the internal
community (60.3%) and (ii) the external community (54%). The CSR adoption was
thus mainly for image building. Multinationals engaged in CSR not only to enhance
their image but also because they have to abide by their global policy.

Other reasons put forward by organisations include: transparency, compulsory banking
guidelines, preservation of jobs, corporate reputation and image, employee retention
and loyalty.

Evolution of CSR

There is, thus, overwhelming evidence that private sector firms across the world and in
Mauritius and Rodrigues are aware that they have to balance, if not reconcile, their
obligations to shareholders with explicit contributions to the external community.
However, the way they make these contributions differs greatly. Different firms may
be at different stages of awareness of and work on CSR, which will dictate the contents
of their strategy: some may decide to adopt a "minimum necessary" stance. Others
may wish to make strategic forays into particular areas.

In its most basic application, CSR may be viewed as compliance with laws and the
presence of corporate ethics as laid out in codes of ethics / codes of conduct / codes of
corporate governance. These codes:

♦    Set forth norms for corporate behaviour and behaviour to be observed by each
     director and employee;

♦     Set the rules for outlining the responsibilities of or proper practices for all in the
      organisation; and
♦     Shape organisational behaviour towards employees and society at large.

The survey has revealed that more than 73% of large organisations have a code of
conduct/ethics/corporate governance. This is positive as the existing knowledge on
codes and their applications by large organisations can be a stepping stone towards the
adoption of good CSR practices. However, the fact that more than one quarter of large
organisations surveyed does not have any code demonstrates that there is room for
improvement to populate this practice.

CSR policy

A CSR strategy is a road map for moving ahead on CSR issues. It sets the direction
and scope over the long term with regard to CSR, allowing the organisation to be
successful by using its resources within its unique environment to meet market needs
and fulfil stakeholder objectives. A good CSR strategy identifies the following:

♦     overall direction for where the firm wishes to go in its CSR work
♦     a basic approach for proceeding
♦     specific priority areas
♦     immediate next steps.

Despite the long history of CSR in Mauritius & Rodrigues, only 22% of organisations
surveyed have a formal policy towards CSR. As such, there is no formal framework for
CSR initiatives in Mauritius and Rodrigues. This is evidence that CSR is not yet
embedded in the culture of many organisations in Mauritius and Rodrigues. This finding
conveys other strong messages such as:

♦     A proper CSR structure is not a priority for many organisations in Mauritius and
      Rodrigues. Hence, in the future, while many organisations will continue to engage
      in CSR, their approach will not be planned and formal.
♦     The majority of organisations do not realise the importance of a coherent and
      systematic CSR undertaking on their organisational performance.

                                                                            Yes     No

    Does your company have a formal policy towards CSR?                     22%     78%

    Engagement in Strategic CSR Partnership at community level              85%
    Engagement in Strategic CSR Partnership at national level               64%

♦     Out of the 22% of respondents that have a formal CSR policy, more than 80% of
      them engage in strategic CSR partnership at community level while more than 60%
      do so at national level. This implies a strong positive correlation for existence of a

     formal CSR policy and an engagement in strategic CSR partnership at community
     and national level.

♦    This is a key finding as it reveals that organisations that have a structured and
     disciplined approach to CSR find it easier to engage in strategic partnerships both
     at community and national level.

Motives behind developing a CSR policy

The organisations which have developed a formal CSR policy were asked about the real
motives driving this policy adoption.

                                            Chart 3

                                  Motives behind developing CSR policy

                                   Others                      Enhancement of society
                                    14%                                14%

               Image of company

                                                               Social reponsibility

♦    More than 50% of companies have done so (either formal or informal) in order to
     be socially responsible, 14% aim to enhance the general well-being of the society,
     14% to enhance the image of their organisations. Other reasons include welfare of
     employees and stakeholder value as shown in the above chart.
♦    It is clear that there has been a shift in CSR motives, from originally to improve
     corporate image, to achieving social objectives.
♦    Organisations with CSR policy/policies have had to adapt such policy/policies over
     time as shown below.

                                                      Out of these, 62% have reviewed their policy/policies

                                                      Out of these 85% of the organisations developed
                         30%                          their own policies and the rest having recourse to
         Yes                                          external consultants

    having a

         No              70%                            Out of these 54% have a designated person to ensure
                                                        compliance with law and international codes

Coupled with CSR policies, organisations surveyed were prompted on the existence of
any risk management policies. As mentioned earlier in the literature review, some
rating companies have argued that an organisation’s equity risk premium may be lower
with the implementation of a comprehensive CSR programme.

It is encouraging to note that a majority, 65%, of companies surveyed have risk
management policies. This confirms the belief that CSR is still in its most basic
application: compliance with laws. Risk management is a positive indication that large
companies are well geared to protect themselves against risks such as money
laundering (predominantly in the financial sector), unethical behaviour by employees
and clients, fraud amongst others. The current Mauritian business community wants to
be known by its international counterparts as a clean jurisdiction to do business.
However the remaining 35% of companies not having risk management policies shows
that there is still room for improvement in this area.

Furthermore, only 52% of the companies surveyed were able to appreciate the bearing
CSR may have on risk management. This clearly shows that a lot of companies may
not really understand what CSR encompasses and are underestimating its importance,
and thus fail to see CSR as a key tool for risk management.

4.2    Internal CSR

The myriads of CSR initiatives are so much hyped about and made visible by media
today that it may lead to the fallacy of interpreting CSR as social activities external to
private enterprises.   This would be erroneous in that CSR has evolved into two
perspectives: one related to internal corporate behaviours and the other related to
external corporate behaviours.

Internal behaviours refer to the way an enterprise conducts the day-to-day operations
of its core business functions. External behaviours refer to a corporation’s engagement
outside of its direct business interest, traditionally defined as a corporation’s giving

Occupational health and safety, equal opportunity and environment protection
measures, to name a few, created standards for responsible corporate business
practices which became thresholds for minimal internal CSR behaviour. The current
business trend is to establish codes of corporate governance and codes of ethics as
well as inculcating shared values at the corporate level and engaging fully in internal
CSR initiatives.

Strategic approach to internal CSR

The approach to internal CSR is somewhat similar to CSR in general with 65% of
organisations without any formal policy on internal CSR.      This confirms that internal
CSR is yet to be integrated in the management culture of companies in Mauritius. The
issue of internal CSR pertains to “people management”, which has a fundamental
bearing on organisational performance.

Dimensions of internal CSR

Internal CSR encompasses a vast range of dimensions pertaining to good modern
human resources practice.      These dimensions range from the regular conduct of
training to the less regular employee satisfaction surveys or social climate surveys.

Despite the fact that few companies have an internal CSR policy, the survey revealed
that all companies surveyed engage in one way or the other in internal CSR as
depicted in chart 4 below.

                                                                Chart 4

                         What does internal CSR encompass for the company?

 100%                                                                        87%
  90%                                                                                           76%                               76%
  80%            73%
  60%                           56%
  50%                                        43%                                                                                                  41%

                                                                                                       Participation in





                                                                                                                          Health & Safety









When companies surveyed were asked what internal CSR encompass for them, training
and development has the highest rating (87%) followed by occupational health and
safety (76%) and incentive programs (76%).                                             Workplace diversity (73%) is another
important dimension of internal CSR.                                      Profit sharing/share options, employee
satisfaction surveys and collective bargaining score relatively low (37%, 41% and 43%
respectively).           This indicates that employers tend to arm their employees with the
necessary tools in order to become more productive.

Benefits of internal CSR

                                                                Chart 5

                                       How do y ou benefit from internal CSR?

     Higher pro ductivity

   B etter staff retentio n

    Higher staff mo rale

                          70%                       75%                         80%                         85%                             90%            95%

Organisations have come to realise that people are their most important assets and
CSR does have a positive bearing on their performance and/or attitude. The
organisations benefit in multifold ways: higher productivity, better staff retention and
higher staff morale as illustrated in the above chart.

Thus, internal CSR has a positive impact on human resource and should be considered
as an investment for companies and not a cost, in that it contributes to organisational

Whilst there is a general consensus amongst organisations that benefits are indeed
reaped from CSR, these organisations stress that the promotion of CSR is dependent
on several factors. The majority of respondents (96.8%) believe that commitment of
top management is fundamental for inculcating CSR in the organisational culture of
companies. Therefore, it is very important for top management of companies to be
sensitised to the benefits of internal CSR in order to have their support, which would
cascade down the organisation.

Other key factors that are important to promote internal CSR include: integration of
internal CSR in the core values of organisations, commitment of employees, employee
participation in CSR activities and communication of CSR undertakings within the

                                           Chart 6

                 Does CSR form part of the induction program and/or training?



                                           Chart 7

           Are employees evaluated upon their CSR undertakings during
                          their performance appraisal? Yes


It is interesting to note that 70% of organisations surveyed do not have CSR in their
induction programs and training activities and that 79% do not evaluate their
employees upon their CSR undertakings during performance appraisal.                   This
consolidates the finding that the majority of organisations do not have a solid internal
CSR framework.

Induction is a key activity in that it is the process of receiving and welcoming
employees when they first join a company. Disclosure of CSR during induction may
lead new employees to developing a favourable attitude to the company.

As for top management, they do show concern about CSR undertakings of their
organisations.     Indeed, the survey has revealed that 87% of organisations have

reported that CSR undertakings are important for members of top management. They
are aware of CSR’s impact on corporate performance. This is a key finding in that top
management can be convinced to formalise and structure their CSR policies in order to
benefit further from CSR.

The Government of Mauritius can capture this opportunity and capitalise on the
interest and willingness of firms to engage in CSR activities.

4.3    Framework for external CSR activities

Despite the fact that Mauritian organisations have been involved in one way or the
other in CSR undertakings, the country still lags behind the western countries when it
comes to CSR being integrated in organisational strategy, structure and operations.

The future evolution of CSR rests upon the organisational framework within which CSR
takes place:

- how is it carried out?

- who is involved and responsible?

- how much is spent on CSR?

- what time frame is considered?

- what is being devoted, what is being done?

- with whom is CSR being carried out?

- is there any control?

- are CSR activities communicated?

The organisations have been assessed on the above framework.

Approach (how)

                                               Chart 8

                     Do you carry out CSR activities in a formal or informal



The majority of respondents (63%) carry out CSR activities in an informal way. This
demonstrates that CSR is not carried out in a structured way. This may be due to the
fact that the majority of companies (70%) do not have a formal CSR policy.

Hence, formalisation and structuring of CSR will bring more discipline and consistency
on how CSR activities are conducted in Mauritius.

Responsibility and involvement (who)

Implementation of CSR activities calls on for internal resource deployment, unless the
organisation    is   involved   in   charity   works     (donations)   or   outsources   its   CSR

The majority of respondents (54%) have someone to overlook CSR activities. This is a
positive signal as it shows that there is an increasing commitment to CSR.

                                           Chart 9

                                Who oversees C SR activities?

        Others (Board, top
          management,         No answers
             finance)             5%
                                                                       HR, Personnel,
  Dedicated                                                                 39%

       C ompliance
                               C ommunications,
                                External Affairs,

Whilst a majority of organisations do have a designated person for CSR, it is
interesting to note that for a significant percentage, that person is in human resource
(39%) and marketing/communications (23%) departments respectively.          This is one
indication that to many organisations, compliance with laws and regulations is the
primary concern of CSR. There is someone who is fully involved in CSR activities on a
daily basis in only a few companies. Almost all companies interviewed have
demonstrated that their management team engage more substantially than their
employees in CSR undertakings as shown in the chart 10. This shows that employees
in companies do not take initiatives to conduct CSR which is rather driven by

                                      Chart 10

                    Who is/are actually involved in the CSR activities?

      Emplo yees

    M anagement

               0%             25%                50%             75%               100%

Budget (how much)

However, despite the fact that organisations conduct CSR in an informal way, 70% of
companies surveyed set budgets for conducting CSR activities. This is a very positive
signal as it shows that there is a financial commitment on the part of these companies
to conduct CSR activities.

Timeframe (when)

                                         Chart 11

                Which time frame do you devote to such activities?

                                         Ad Hoc

                     Full Time                                  Others
                       10%                        Limited        3%

When it comes to the frequency of CSR activities, most companies surveyed (71%)
carry out CSR activities on an ad hoc basis. This is because the majority of companies
do not have a full fledged CSR committee or department nor have formal CSR policies.
It also indicates that the CSR culture is yet to be embedded in Mauritius.

Resource allocation (what)

                                         Chart 12

                 Which resources do you devote to your CSR activities?

  60%                              54%
  40%                                                 33%
             Funds           Products        Skills         Premises         People

A majority of companies (90 %) allocate funds to CSR.                 A substantial percentage
(60%) also provides employees for organisation and participation in CSR activities.

These various resources may be linked to demand by NGOs.

Types of CSR undertakings (what)

                                               Chart 13

                                 What are the activities that you conduct?

                     Suppliers                 20.6%

      Stakeholder Engagement                       28.6%

                 Shareholders                     27.0%

              Public Reporting                              38.1%

                 Environment                                                        66.7%

   Governance / Code of ethics                                              60.3%

                   Customers                                        52.4%

  Community & Broader Society                                                                      93.7%

      Employees - Internal CSR

                             0%          20%              40%        60%                    80%    100%

Nearly all companies surveyed engage in internal and/or external CSR as illustrated in
chart 13. Companies carry out various CSR activities. More than 90% of companies
carry out internal CSR activities and external CSR activities to the community and
broader society. More than 60% of respondents carry out CSR activities in areas of
environment and governance/code of ethics.

This triggers a positive signal that companies are indulging in CSR activities, especially
in priority areas.

Forms of action (with whom)

                                                 Chart 14

                                      What form do your activities take?

                       Collective actions only
                                19%                                 Individual actions only

                           Both individual and
                            collection actions

Another important consideration which often determines the success or failure of CSR
undertakings is whether organisations partner up with other organisations or not.
These partners can be:

♦   Other private firms;
♦   NGOS; and
♦   Governmental bodies.
The survey revealed that around one third of respondents (35%) prefer to carry out
their CSR activities on an individual basis. This may be due to the fact that they carry
out those activities on an adhoc basis at their own pace and convenience.

                                                 Chart 15

                             What form do your activities take?

                                                                C ollective actions
                Both individual and
                 colletcive actions

                                                                    Individual actions

The remaining 65%% conduct CSR either (i)through collective actions only (19%) or
(ii) through both individual and collective action (46%). This shows that partnerships
between NGOs and companies do exist and work and, can be enhanced. Private sector
– NGO partnership may be developed using existing ones as showcases.

Controlling CSR activities

A proper organisational framework comprises the essential, though often neglected,
function of control to ensure that objectives have been met efficiently and effectively.
The survey has confirmed that this crucial function is often neglected in corporate
Mauritius in their CSR undertakings.

Indeed, 65% of companies do not measure the impact of their CSR activities. This may
be explained by the following:

♦   Absence of CSR policy;
♦   No full-fledged CSR Department./Committee; and
♦   CSR is done in an informal way and on an ad-hoc basis.

Communication about CSR

Communication is yet another aspect of a proper organisational framework for CSR
undertakings. The attention devoted by management gurus, the theses and academic
papers and the columns in corporate newsletters allotted to CSR undertakings all
indicate that there is currently much written material on the subject.             A few
organisations even publish regular CSR reports or social reports.

Such communication is common practice in Mauritius as well.             The majority of
companies surveyed (68%) communicate about their CSR activities mainly through
their annual report and Newspaper/Magazine. This is in line with their objective of
enhancing their image vis-à-vis the external community as previously mentioned, by
informing the general public about their social responsibilities. It is also observed that
only 9% of respondents that communicate their CSR activities do so through a social
report as shown in the following chart

4.4     Evaluation of implementation of CSR activities


The way CSR has seeped, as a reality, if not as an imperative, in corporate Mauritius is
insightful in that organisations have come to recognise the many benefits which can be derived
from such undertakings.

Indeed, most of the companies (69%) surveyed have reported having benefited from CSR
activities. However, 29% are not sure that they have benefited by undertaking CSR activities.
This is in line with the finding that a majority of respondents do not measure the impact of their
CSR activities. Absence of proper measurement does not reassure and convince organisations
of the benefits proffered by CSR.

                                               Chart 16

                 How has your organisation benefited from conducting CSR?

  Better public relations

   Better relations with                                   48%


   Better relations with                     27%


       Better motivation                                                      79%
      amongst employees

                            0%   10%   20%   30%   40%    50%    60%   70%   80%      90%

Companies which have benefited from CSR enjoy enhanced employees motivation (79%) and
better public relations (79%). In other words, companies are achieving their desired objectives
by carrying out both internal and external CSR activities. This may be a motivation to further
engage in CSR activities and encourage others to follow suit. However, the impact of CSR on
their trading partners was less apparent.


Despite the multifold advantages attached to CSR, organisations face a number of constraints
and challenges.      These may crop up before the start of the CSR activity (e.g. lack of
information) or during the implementation (e.g. lack of proper partnership or coordination) or
after implementation (e.g. lack of audit).

                                                             Chart 17

          Did you encounter the following challenges when implementing your
                                     CSR activities?
  25%                                                       22%
                               19%                                                    19%



                                                                         No proper
                                            Lack of audit

                                                                                               Lack of
                  Lack of


The survey has reported that the lack of information on specific areas where CSR activities had
to be conducted is an important challenge, faced by as many as 33% of companies.                                They
pointed out that the government has to communicate more on areas requiring urgent focus and
actions and their strategies to address these so that the private sector could be in a better
position to know how they may help and target priority sectors.

The next important challenge is lack of audit after implementation of CSR (22%). This is the
result of conducting CSR in an unstructured way. In fact, as previously mentioned, the majority
of companies do not measure the impact of CSR activities, from their perspective and that of
the targeted group.

The challenges faced by organisations obstruct the evolution and expansion of CSR, and should,
thus be dealt with at root source.

Future of CSR undertakings

Organisations are, on one hand allured by the multifold benefits derived from CSR undertakings
and, on the other hand, deterred by the practical challenges faced before, during and after
carrying them out.             The way these two opposing forces would interact and dealt with would
greatly influence the future of CSR undertakings.

                                             Chart 18

           Do you foresee to continue conducting CSR activities?

                                  Expand C SR
                                                                Engage into new
                                                                 C SR activities

                                                                    C urtail C SR
           C ontinue C SR                                             activities
              activities                         C ease C SR             0%
                38%                               activities

Given these opposing forces, the survey tried to investigate into the foreseeable trend of CSR
activities. More than 50 % of companies surveyed stated that they would expand their CSR
activities while some 38% mentioned that they would continue as usual implying that
companies are more concerned about the many benefits reaped by CSR activities than deterred
by the challenges they face during or post-implementation.

These are clear indications that companies are increasingly sensitised to the importance and
impact of CSR. The prospective surge in CSR undertakings would benefit both internal and
external stakeholders.

Whilst the survey has indicated a favourable response for CSR activities in the future, one
should address the identified challenges in order to entice other organisations on CSR board
and thus creating a snowball effect.

Factors promoting CSR

The above results convey a strong message that companies would maintain the status quo (i.e.
continue the same CSR activities), or expand their activities, or engage into new activities in
the future. None would curtail or cease their CSR activities.

                                                                      Chart 19

                       Factors that would encourage your organisation to increase its CSR

                                 Positive outcomes for the organisation

 A forum whereby pressing needs (economic, social etc) can be identified

                The guarantee that targeted groups are indeed benefiting

               Transparency in implementation of activities at NGO level

                                Partnership with other PS firms or NGOs

                        A better information dissemination about NGOs

               A revision of the actual tax policy regarding CSR activities

                                                                           0%         20%         40%      60%        80%          100%

                          Very Important              Important               Somehow Important    Not important at all

When further prompted for factors which would encourage them to increase such activities, the
two most important factors that surfaced were: the guarantee that the targeted groups are
indeed benefiting from those activities and the need for transparency in implementation of
activities at NGO level. Companies have thus indicated that they indeed would want value for
money and there may be a perception of lack of transparency from the NGO perspective.

Another important result is that all companies consider positive outcomes to them when
deciding whether to expand CSR or not. This indicates that companies do have, after all, vested
interests in whatever CSR undertakings they carry out and seek some rewards.                                                More
information on NGOs, a forum whereby pressing needs are identified and a revision of the
actual policy are other factors which would promote CSR.

Role of government

The role played by the government impacts directly on CSR. As shown in the above chart,
almost all companies would consider a revision of tax policy regarding CSR activities as a very
important to somewhat important factor encouraging them to increase CSR. Thus, it is
impending to review the role of the government in CSR undertakings.

                                                             Chart 20

                   How can the government assist companies in the implementation of CSR

                              No answer                                       By providing tax
                                 17%                                             incentives

                                By acting as a facilitator

Almost half of the companies surveyed pointed out that the government could be of help by
acting as a facilitator, intermediary and regulator. In fact, as mentioned previously, lack of
information is one of the main challenges faced by companies in their CSR endeavour.
Therefore, the government could assist in bridging that gap.

A significant proportion of them (30%) mentioned that the government policy could encourage
them in conducting CSR activities by way of fiscal incentives.

4.5   Philanthropic and sponsorship activities

Philanthropic activities

Many organisations have started their CSR journey by initially indulging in philanthropy. Over
time, their approach has evolved and they have adopted a more strategic one. Despite the use
of philanthropy and CSR interchangeably by management gurus, these two concepts are not
the same. The former is the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions. The latter
is more embedded in corporate strategy, structure and operations.

                              Yes                    Do you engage in          No
                                                  philanthropic activities?

                  90%: health and safety, education
                      and community (sports)                                      10%

          Yes            Are you satisfied with                No
                          your philanthropic

            91%                                                9%

An overwhelming majority, 90%, of companies surveyed carry out philanthropic activities which
tend to revolve around 3 main areas namely health and safety, education and community
(including sports). A matching study may be carried out in order to ensure that NGOs needs
and requirements are really met.

Among those companies that are involved in philanthropic activities, the majority of them
(91%) are satisfied with their activities. This shows that these companies are achieving their
philanthropic objectives.

For those organisations that are not satisfied with their philanthropic activities, the reasons put
forward include:

♦   The organisation has the potential and resources to contribute more to CSR; and
♦   The organisation should engage in strategic CSR.
The existence of philanthropy indicates an opportunity to develop and refine a CSR framework.
The organisations are already participating in give-aways; however the method adopted may be
wanting in that there are debates as to whether philanthropy is sustainable or not. The fact
that most of those engaged in philanthropy are satisfied from such undertakings may represent
a formidable resistance to adopt a more strategic approach by actually engaging in CSR.

Nonetheless, with proper education and sensitisation, an organisation engaged in philanthropic
activities represents a good opportunity to a natural move towards strategic CSR, thus
enhancing the chances of sustainable CSR initiatives.

Sponsorship activities

                            Yes             Do you engage in        No
                                          sponsorship activities?

                   83%: sports and education                         17%

        Yes           Are you satisfied with       No
                        your sponsorship

          94%                                      6%

Sponsorship is another concept close to CSR and philanthropy. It is a business tool used by
many companies as part of their communications, advertising and public relations budget to
associate the company name/brand/people with dynamic events and images for their media
broadcast and audience.           Sponsorship usually requires a service, or action, in return for
financial support, so this frequently has clear marketing benefits and is therefore directly linked
to a company’s bottom line.

It is very encouraging to note that 83% of companies surveyed indulge in sponsorship
activities. Therefore, this is an opportunity of which both NGOs and the community at large
could take full advantage.

Among the priority sectors in which companies indulge in sponsorship activities, sports and
education top up the list.

Among those companies that are involved in sponsorship activities, as much as 94% are
satisfied with their activities, having achieved their set objectives.

4.6    Partnerships with other organisations

There has been much convergence between CSR initiatives of private organisations and civil
society actions with a view to identifying opportunities to leverage corporate investment for the
benefit of NGO programs. Indeed many international institutions are drivers of such integrated
effort such as the UN Global Compaq and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 8th
MDG is to “develop a global partnership for development”. As such, there is consensus around
the world that partnership is a quicker, very often more efficient vehicle to achieve national,
and ultimately global goals. Such partnerships may take multifold forms and involve different

Popularity of collective action

Awareness about the multiple benefits to be reaped from collective actions has already arisen in
corporate Mauritius as well. The survey investigated into whether companies partner up with
other organisations in their CSR activities. 54% of companies surveyed partner up with other
organisations in their CSR activities while 36% are not involved in any partnerships. Those
existing partnerships may prompt other companies to partner with others for CSR activities.

Timeframe of partnership

When prompted for the timeframe concerned, it has been found that the majority of
collaborations (76%) are on a long-term or short-term basis and 24% on a one-off basis. In
view of the fact that the majority of collaborations are not just one-off, sustainable benefits to
the community may be achieved.

                                              Chart 21

            Are you collaborating with this/these organisation/s?
               Long term
             (beyond 2010)


                    Short term

Initiating step

An important finding yielded by the survey is that partnerships between companies and NGOs
started by the latter approaching the former in an overwhelming majority of cases, 76%.

                                              Chart 22

                               How did that relationship begin?


  The NGO approached us

          My company
        approached them

                          0%   10%   20%    30%   40%    50%      60%   70%   80%        90%

This shows that there is a willingness of the private sector to partner with NGOs for a common
cause.     NGOs should thus be more proactive in looking for potential partnerships with
companies and buying them in, with clear objectives and transparency.

Satisfaction derived from partnerships

Whilst there are national and global efforts to promote partnership, it is also imperative to
evaluate such partnerships to assess whether they have brought satisfaction, and thus achieved
common and desired goals, or have resulted in incongruent goals and ultimately overall

                                                Chart 23

                      Are you satisfied with that partnership?



Almost all companies that partner with NGOs have reported that they are satisfied with their

This is a compelling finding in that when partnerships do take place, the actual
outcome portends well for the private sector and that existing partnerships between
companies and NGOs do work and can lead to a surge in private sector / NGO
Partnership, to the benefit of the community.

4.7      Corporate views on NGO

The proactiveness of NGOs has yielded many satisfactory partnerships.     They have actively
sought and found assistance and participation from the private sector. This sheds light on an
important player in CSR undertakings, the NGOs.

Civil society engagement present since the 19th century now pervades most if not all spheres
of activities: social, economic, cultural, environmental, political, sports, and religious in
Mauritius. There are over 6,000 voluntary organisations with non-profit making goals.       A

majority of these are community-based whilst around 300 are termed “non-governmental

These NGOs have developed for a variety of purposes humanitarian issues, developmental aid,
emergency aid, sustainable development, improving the state of the natural environment,
encouraging the observance of human rights, improving the welfare of the disadvantaged, or
representing a corporate agenda. The focus of the NGOs varies as well in that the ways the
NGOs reach their target beneficiaries are different.

                                     ♦    Focus on relief and w elfare            ♦    United Way, Befrienders
                                     ♦    Deliver relief services directly to
                                     ♦    Examples: distribution of food,
                                          shelter or health services

    stages of                        ♦    Focus on small scale, self-reliant      ♦    Terre de Paix
  development                             local development
      NGOs                           ♦    Build capacities of local
                                          communities to meet needs
                                          through “ self reliant local action”

                                     ♦    Focus on sustainable systems            ♦    PILS, ACIM , Lizié dans la
                                          development                                  M ain, M auritius, M ental
                                     ♦    Try to advance changes in policies           Health Association, APEIM ,
                                          and institutions at a local, national        Friends in Hope, PAWS,
                                          and international level                      M auritius Wildlife Fund,
                                                                                       M auritius M arine
                                                                                       Conservation Society

A useful classification of NGOs is categorising them into advocacy and operational. The primary
purpose of an operational NGO is the design and implementation of development-related
projects.           Advocacy NGOs are set up to defend or promote a specific cause.                                    These
organisations typically try to raise awareness, acceptance and knowledge by lobbying, press
work and activist events.

For instance, the Mauritius Wildlife Fund is both an operational and advocacy NGO as shown

   ♦ To conserve and manage the indigenous flora and fauna of Mauritius and its              ♦ Operational aims
   ♦ To raise and supply funds necessary for the conservation projects undertaken by         ♦ Operational/ advocacy
     the MWF and its associate organizations.                                                  aim
   ♦ To co-ordinate and administer these projects.                                           ♦ Operational aim
   ♦ To inform, educate and involve the Mauritian people in this vital work.                 ♦ Advocacy aim

Another important aspect when considering NGOs is the funding of these NGOs. Major sources
of NGO funding include membership dues, the sale of goods and services, grants from

international institutions or national governments, and private donations. Several EU-grants
provide funds accessible to NGOs.

Bearing the ultimate objective of the survey in mind, it becomes imperative to investigate into
the following;

♦                    Which are the popular NGOs in corporate Mauritius?
♦                    How does corporate Mauritius view the NGO sector?
♦                    Which characteristics do companies seek prior to entering into partnership/s with NGOs?

NGO popularity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chart 24

                                                                                                                                                                                                           NGO popularity

    % of companies listing these NGOs



                                              19%                                                                                                                                                                         19%
                                        15%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                13%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   10%                                                                       10%
                                        10%                                                                                                                                                                                                                               8% 8%
                                                      6%                                6%                                                                                            6%
                                                                                                                                            5%                                                                                                                                                                 5% 5%                                          5%                                           5%         5%
                                        5%                    3%                                  3%                     3%                                    3%                                          3%                                                                                                                                    3%


                                                             Blood Donors Association

                                                                                                                                                                                      Lizié dans la main

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mauritius Wildlife Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Save the children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rotary club

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SOS Femmes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ti Diams
                                                                                                                                                              Les Enfants d'un rêve
                                                                                                                         Étoile Esperance
                                                                                                                                            Friends in hope

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lois Lagesse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SOS Pauvreté
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SOS Village


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Terre de Paix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      United Way
                                                                                                  Centre de solidarité


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RED CROSS

                                                                                                                                                                                                           NGO listed by companies

Surprisingly, when prompted to enumerate NGOs in Mauritius, the respondents have named at
most 6 NGOs, a meagre response. PILS is the most popular NGO amongst the respondents.
This may be due to a combination of factors such as the topical nature of the cause it defends,

its visibility due to its wide press coverage, the endorsement of Government to its cause and
the stated achievements to combat AIDS and its stigma.

Other popular NGOs include: Association des Parents d’Enfants Inadaptes de l’ile Maurice,
Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, Terre de Paix, SOS Village amongst others.

NGO rating

It was difficult to obtain a good rating of the NGO sector because of the following:

♦   The population is so big and disparate;
♦   The NGOs function so differently;
♦   There is so little information available on all of them;
♦   Companies know a few NGOs very well, thus, in a position to assess them, whilst not able to
    evaluate the big majority; and
♦   They are not regulated.
♦   Activities of the NGOs, however noble, are seldom reported in the media or when covered
    are often presented as matters of course.

However, when prompted to provide a rating of the overall NGO sector, the majority of
respondents had either good or fair opinion of NGOs in Mauritius while very few companies
rated NGOs as excellent/very good as shown below:

                                                     Chart 25

                               How would you rate NGOs in Mauritius?

          Performance towards goals

            Mobilisation of resources

 Membership and quality of resources

                     C ommunication

    C ommitment and professionalism

          Structure and organisation

      Aims and mandate of the NGOs

                                    0%   10%   20%   30%    40%   50%   60%    70%    80%    90% 100%

                                                Excellent   Very Good   Good   Fair   Poor

A better evaluation of each of the above criteria can be made by analysing the mean score as
shown below:

Apart from the aims and mandate of the NGOs which achieves a mean of 3 (i.e. good), all the
other criteria listed have means below 3 (i.e. fair). This implies that they are perceived as being
fair to poor by the majority organisations surveyed. Hence, while the aims and mandates of
NGOs might be noble and interesting, the way NGOs are structured, their commitment and
professionalism, level and quality of communication, resources mobilisation, membership and
quality of resources and performance towards goals are perceived to be below expected
standards by Mauritian organisations.

Perception is as good as reality – NGOs should reverse this perception by addressing the above

NGO characteristics encouraging partnership

Lastly, respondents were invited to pick the characteristics of NGOs which count most in their
partnership search decision.

                                                 Chart 26

              Which factors would you consider when partnering with an NGO?

  Performance towards

        Mobilisation of

  Membership & quality
     of resources

       C ommunication

       C ommitment &

          Structure &

  C ommunity Outreach

      Brand C redibility

  Aims and mandate of
       the NGOs

                           -   10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 70.0% 80.0% 90.0% 100.0

Aims and mandate of NGOs, commitment and professionalism and performance towards goals
are the most important factors that companies consider when partnering with an NGO. This
may explain why PILS top up the popularity list of companies since they successfully satisfy the
above dimensions.

4.8   Potential partnerships

Tri-sector partnerships that engage private sector, civil society, and the government are very
much in vogue currently and have become particularly powerful engines of change in recent
years. These multi-stakeholder partnerships have become an established form of actualising
corporate commitments as shown in the following table:

  Multinational      Sector of activity NGO/Company                                  Partnership area
BNP Paribas          Banking             GoodPlanet                                  Environment protection
                                         Agence de L’Environnement et de la
                                         Maitrise de l”Energie
Accor Group          Hotel               Pomozte detem Foundation (Czech             Children’s welfare
                                         SOS Children’s Village (Morocco)
                                         Cue Kids (Oceania)
                                         Plan International
Ben and Jerry’s      Consumer Business Dave Matthews Band                            Environment protection

IBM                  IT                  Seedco (USA)                                Poverty

DHL                  Transportation      UNICEF                                      Disaster management
                                         UN Office for the Coordination of
                                         Humanitarian Affairs
TOTAL                Energy              Union Mondiale pour la Nature               Environment protection

Coca Cola            Consumer Business United States Agency for International

Toyota               Manufacturing -     Environmental Assistance Center             Environment protection
                     heavy               Green Earth Center

Procter and          Consumer Business Children’s Safe Drinking Water                Children health
Gamble                                                                               promotion

Body Shop            Consumer Business British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection Animal protection
                                       MTV Network International
                                                                                      Health promotion
Unilever             Consumer Business World Food Programme                          Poverty

Wal-Mart             Retail              Red Cross                                   Fighting AIDS

Gap Inc              Manufacturing       (PRODUCT) RED                               Fighting AIDS

NOKIA                Electronic business UN Children’s Fund                          Children welfare

L’Oreal              Consumer Business CSR Europe                                    Gender equality

Singapore Airlines   Aviation            Singapore Chinese Orchestra                 Promotion of arts

BBC                  Media               Countryside Agency                          Environment protection
                                         National Trust
                                         Forestry Commission

Indeed partnership models that link private, public and civil society contain the twin possibilities
of both addressing pressing social, economic and environmental challenges as well as benefiting
the partnership agencies.

This survey will ultimately have to recommend potential multi-stakeholder partnerships. Key to
such an endeavour is:

♦   the assessment of whether the respondents possess adequate benchmarking information,
    locally and/or globally. Only then can they provide valuable and novel contribution to such
♦   the interest shown by Corporate Mauritius in such partnerships;
♦   the interest demonstrated by private companies in engaging in policy dialogues; and
♦   identification of areas of CSR where private firms lack information.

Awareness of private sector/NGO/government partnership

Respondents were asked about their awareness of partnerships which exist between the private
sector, NGOs and the Government, and their level of satisfaction with such partnerships.

75% of them were aware of such partnerships in Mauritius. However, almost half of them were
not satisfied with them. This high rate of dissatisfaction may be due to the perceived stand-
alone position of each stakeholder in CSR activities resulting in a lack of coherence and goal

Interest in partnership

Respondents were asked whether they would be interested to partner up with other
organisations to conduct CSR activities.

                                                        Chart 27

                 Would your organisation be interested to partner up with
                      other organisations to conduct CSR activities?



79% of respondents have shown interest to partner up with other organisations to carry out
CSR activities. This is a key finding in that if such intent is materialised into meaningful
and long-term partnerships, then the state of CSR in Mauritius could drastically
improve, with the result of an embedded CSR culture in Mauritius.

Types of partners sought

This high interest shown by large firms in future partnership triggered the following question,
who would they wish to partner up with.

                                                        Chart 28

                                   If yes, who?



 Private Firms

             0%           20%       40%           60%        80%            100%

Although there is a perception that NGOs have significant room for improvement, in general,
88% of companies are interested to partner with them, 76% with other private sector firms and
only 54% with the government.

In fact, for NGO-private firm partnership, they aspire to partner with certain specific NGOs
which seem to perform well such as PILS, Mauritius Wildlife foundation amongst others.

CSR Areas with limited information

The respondents were then prompted to share areas where they would like to conduct CSR
activities but have limited information.

                                            Chart 29

           Is there an area(s) where you would like to conduct CSR
                    activities but have limited information?


44% of companies surveyed would like to conduct further external CSR activities but have
limited information in areas of need. Education, environment and poverty are the main areas
where organisations are keen to engage in but lack information.

In fact, as previously mentioned, lack of information was one of the main challenges of
companies in their CSR endeavour. Hence, there is an urgent need to bridge this information

Areas for potential private sector and NGO partnership

The survey has revealed that private sector firms are willing to partner up in varied areas
ranging from promoting children welfare and health to protection of environment and
promoting education.

Areas of potential partnership                       Number of private sector (large)
                                                   firms showing interest in this field*
Education                                                              17
Environment/wildlife                                                   15
Humanitarian                                                           12
Health                                                                 11
Community and society                                                  10
Business      conduct,   empowerment       and                          6
Drug/alcohol                                                            4
Criminality                                                             4
Women                                                                   3
Sports and culture                                                      3
Children                                                                2
Civic life                                                              2
Elderly people                                                          2
Animal welfare                                                          1
Development                                                             1
* These areas of interest are not necessarily mutually exclusive, e.g. a firm may wish to engage in CSR to
help women with drug problems.
Poverty is an area where companies would like to intervene, and poverty recurs both under
“humanitarian” and “community and society”.
Companies wishing to help children may wish to intervene in areas as diverse as education, health,

The above table shows that certain areas interest a large number of respondents such as:
humanitarian (poverty, hunger and homelessness), environment, education, community and
society, and health.

4.9      Interest in policy dialogues

Engaging in policy dialogue is another form of activity which can shed light into various aspects
of CSR:

♦     What should be done to promote a CSR culture;
♦     What should be the role of each stakeholder: the private sector, civil society and the
♦     What are the areas where resources should be devoted; etc
Therefore, respondents were probed to identify any interest in engaging policy dialogues.

                                              Chart 30

           Would you be interested to participate in policy dialogues
                  initiatives involving NGO/PS/Government?



The majority of companies surveyed (79%) are interested to participate in policy dialogues
initiatives involving NGO/Private Sector/Government. This could be a stepping stone for
possible partnerships between the private sector, NGO and the Government.

Organisations willing to participate in such policy dialogues are of the view that areas of focus
should be on the following: community, education, health and safety, poverty, social flaws
(AIDS, alcoholism, drugs, violence, and criminality)

Moreover, the main criterion for partnership between private sector, NGOs and Government is
congruence of ideas. In other words, partnerships can best happen if there is a shared vision.
This can be achieved by bringing major stakeholders together at workshops, discussion forums,

4.10 Concluding comments

The respondents were invited to:

♦    Share the benefits that their engagement in CSR has brought about;
♦    Provide the trend that they foresee in CSR activities.

Benefits of CSR

                                                              Chart 31

                                   Main benefits reaped by engaging in CSR

                     35%                      33%

    % of Companies




                     10%                                                    8%


                              Internal       External       Personal        Other   No answer
                           stakeholders   stakeholders     satisfaction
                                                         Benefit category

Most companies mentioned that the main benefits of CSR undertakings are twofold:

♦      Affecting internal stakeholders, i.e. employees – there is better employee relations, higher
       employee productivity and satisfaction, sense of belongingness, better employee retention.
       Companies benefit directly in that employee productivity increases and indirectly by
       avoiding costs such as recruitment, training, team building sessions etc.
♦      Affecting external stakeholders, i.e. customers, public at large, government. Companies
       have cited that they are able to retain customers, attract more customers, the corporate
       image is enhanced, there is better brand recognition and awareness amongst others.
This indicates that companies are achieving their objective of enhancing their image vis-à-vis
both the external and internal community.

A few respondents have reported that they derive a sense of satisfaction for “doing good in

CSR trend

The companies were invited to share their views on trends for companies with respect to
adopting CSR practices. Nearly half of the respondents (49%) surveyed believe that CSR trend
will be increasing in Mauritius.                    This may create a snowball effect to the benefit of the

community. Moreover, this reinforces the finding that the majority of companies will continue
and/or expand their CSR activities. Around 9% of the companies have however indicated that
they anticipate CSR to remain stagnant or to decrease.


                                                  Chart 32

                                     Endw ord

                         The players
                        should be more
                           credible              Government
                             6%                               There should be
                                                should act as a
                                                               more concrete
                                                              commitment from
                                         0%          21%
                                                                the Private

     CSR is important
      and is a must

59 % of companies concluded that CSR is important and must be practised for the benefit of
both the internal and external community. Other reflections and arguments included: more
commitment from the private sector, need for the government to act as a facilitator.

4.11 Summary of key findings

CSR culture

♦   CSR culture is not yet embedded in Mauritius. 25% of respondents have started their CSR
    undertakings in the past 3 years only. However, there is an increasing interest and
    sensitisation to the CSR cause.

CSR policy

♦   CSR is not structured and formalised in terms of policy, procedures and planning in most

♦   The majority of organisations do not realize the importance of a coherent and systematic
    CSR undertaking on their organisational performance.

♦   A proper CSR structure is not a priority for many organisations. While many organisations
    will continue and/or expand their CSR activities in the future, their approach will not be
    planned and formal.

♦   A significant proportion of respondents (i) do not consider CSR as a key tool for risk
    management and (ii) fail to appreciate the bearing that CSR may have on risk management.

Internal CSR

♦   Internal CSR is yet to be integrated in the management culture of companies in Mauritius.

♦   Organisations in Mauritius tend to arm their employees with the necessary tools in order to
    become more productive while neglecting the social and family life aspects.

♦   Very few organisations have internal CSR dynamics embedded in their Human Resource

♦   Organisations have benefited from conducting internal CSR activities in terms of higher
    productivity, better staff retention, higher staff morale, goodwill and corporate image.

Framework for external CSR activities

♦   The majority of organisations in Mauritius conduct CSR activities in an informal way.

♦   68% of respondents have a person/team designated to overlooking over CSR activities.

♦   70% of organisations surveyed set budgets for conducting CSR activities.

♦   The majority of organisations conduct CSR on an individual level.

♦   A large proportion of organisations do not measure the impact of their CSR activities.

♦   Most organisations in Mauritius communicate about their CSR activities mainly through their
    annual report and/or newspaper/magazine.

Evaluation of implementing CSR activities

♦   Most companies surveyed have reported having benefited from CSR undertakings in terms
    of goodwill, productivity, employee and client satisfaction.

♦   The 2 major challenges that organisations encounter when conducting CSR activities
    include: lack of information on needy CSR areas and lack of audit after implementation of
    CSR initiatives.

♦   The majority of companies in Mauritius will continue and/or expand their CSR activities in
    the future, and believe that CSR is important and must be practised for the benefit of both
    the internal and external community.

♦   According to organisations in Mauritius, the Government can help in the promotion of CSR
    by acting as a facilitator, intermediary and regulator.

Philanthropic and sponsorship activities

♦   90% of respondents carry out philanthropic activities while 83% indulge in sponsorship

Partnerships with other organisations

♦   54% of respondents partner up with other organisations in their CSR activities.

♦   79% of large companies surveyed have shown interest to partner up with other
    organisations to carry out CSR activities in the future.

♦   Fields of potential partnerships include: education, environment, humanitarian, health,
    poverty, sports and wildlife, and empowerment and training.

NGO in Mauritius

♦   While the aims and mandates of NGOs in Mauritius might be noble and interesting, the way
    they are structured and governed are perceived to lack excellence and professionalism.

♦   Organisations will lay much emphasis on aims and mandate of NGOs, commitment and
    professionalism, structure and organisation and performance towards goals when partnering
    with NGOs in the future.

Policy dialogues

♦   The majority of companies surveyed (78%) are interested to participate in policy dialogues
    initiatives involving NGO/Private Sector/Government.

♦   Organisations willing to participate in such policy dialogues are of the view that areas of
    focus should be on the following: community, education, health and safety, poverty, social
    flaws (AIDS, alcoholism, drugs, violence, and criminality).

5        Findings - SMEs

5.1      Strategic approach to CSR


Although CSR undertakings are generally attributable to large organisations and multinationals,
SMEs play a growingly significant part considering their economic role in creating employment
and their social embedding.

History of CSR

                                                 Chart 33

                           History of the com pany's engagem ent in CSR


                        >10yrs                                      Since start up
                         33%                                            54%

The introductory question aimed at gaining information about the engagement of the SMEs in
CSR. The survey revealed that 54% of them have been carrying out CSR activities since start
up, 33% trace their CSR commitment to a long time back (more than 10 years) and the rest
have started less than 10 years ago. When prompted further, it emerged that most of them
conduct CSR in an informal way:

♦     97% do not have a CSR policy;
♦     54% have not designated someone to oversee compliance with law and international codes;
♦     86% do not have risk management policies; and
♦     86% do not consider CSR as a key tool for risk management.
This is in harmony with the fact that in SMEs,

♦     One person may cumulate various, if not all, functions;
♦     Work is carried out in an unstructured way, often ad-hoc;
♦     Many SMEs are micro-businesses (often one-man show) so that aspects such as risk
      management are only considered, and not formalised as policies and procedures;

♦     Often carry out CSR as an integral part of their operations

                                                            Chart 34

                                                    Why did you start at all?

                      Global Policy

    Enhance image vis-à-vis internal

    Enhance image vis-à-vis external


                                  0%         5%       10%       15%     20%     25%   30%        35%   40%

Upon inquiring into the motives for engaging in CSR activities, these were mostly done for
image building purposes.

5.2        Internal CSR

As for large companies, SMEs have been probed for their internal CSR undertakings.

Strategic approach to internal CSR

                                                            Chart 35

                                         Do you have an internal CSR policy?


When asked whether they have an internal CSR policy in place, 83% of the respondents
answered negatively.                   This is probably because they are too small and lack the means for
implementing internal CSR policies.

     Types of internal CSR

                                                                     Chart 36

                                 What does internal CSR encompass for the company?

                                                                                  51%            51%                               54%


           30%                        27%

           20%                                     16%


                                                                                                                           Health & Safety






                                                                                                        Participation in





     When asked about what internal CSR encompassed for them, it was evident that all the
     SMEs engage in at least one form of internal CSR. The most popular form of internal
     CSR activities was provision of good occupational health and safety atmosphere for
     their employees (54%).                   Training/career advancement of employees and Incentive
     programs are other forms of CSR adopted by SMEs. These dimensions are considered
     the basic ingredients for business success.

     This confirms that SMEs still operate in a very informal way, with little, not to say
     none, written policies and procedures.

     Benefits of internal CSR

                                                                     Chart 37

                                       How do you benefit from internal CSR?

  Higher pro ductivity

B etter staff retentio n

 Higher staff mo rale

                       0%               10%               20%                     30%                   40%                    50%                     60%   70%

The survey inquired in detail about the benefits the SMEs reap from engaging in
internal CSR. The most important benefit is higher staff morale for 65%, followed by
better staff retention for 60% and higher productivity 46%.

The following question concerned the factors that were important to promote internal
CSR in SMEs.    68% of companies stated that “Commitment of top management to
inculcating CSR in the organisational culture ” was a powerful promotional dimension in
SMEs. Communication about CSR commitment and people commitment surveys were
brought up as less important factors.

               Important factors for the promotion of internal CSR

       Commitment of top management to inculcating CSR in the
       organisational culture

       Having shared values emphasising an internal CSR culture                  59%

       Allowing and encouraging employees to participate in
       community CSR activities

       Commitment of employees to CSR                                            62%

       Communication about CSR commitments, formally (e.g
       Newsletter) or informally (e.g through emails)

       People commitment surveys                                                 22%

5.3   Framework for external CSR activities

Responsibility and involvement (who)

                                          Chart 38

                               Who overlooks CSR activities?




                            Owner    Appointed person   Appointed team

The next question aimed at identifying who assumed responsibility for CSR in SMEs.
Most SMEs, 38%, appointed a third party to conduct CSR. In 31% of SMEs the owner
assumed the CSR responsibility and in the remaining 31%, a team was allocated that

It was also interesting to see whether there was a clear demarcation in involvement of
management and employees in CSR.

                                             Chart 39

                        Who is/are actually involved in the CSR activities?

          Emplo yees

        M anagement

                   0%           20%         40%            60%        80%           100%

In the majority of SMEs surveyed (84%), the management team is involved in CSR
activities.   Employees generally are not involved in CSR activities. This is probably
because SMEs are small by nature and they have limited resources for CSR endeavour.

Resource allocation (what)

                                             Chart 40

                  Which resources do you devote to your CSR activities?

  80%                  76%





               Funds            Products          Skills         Premises       People

The survey tried to identify resources which SMEs allocated to CSR: funds, products,
skills, premises or people. Most SMEs contribute to CSR activities by funding activities
and donating their products. It is interesting to note that SMEs contribute to CSR
activities more in kind than in funds. Furthermore, SMEs do not allocate their premises
for CSR undertakings. NGOs may thus gear their demands accordingly.

Types of CSR undertakings (what)

                                                       Chart 41

                                  What are the activities that you conduct?

                     Suppliers                  14%

      Stakeholder Engagement          0%

                 Shareholders         3%

              Public Reporting        0%

                 Environment                                 27%

   Governance / Code of ethics             5%

                   Customers                                       35%

  Community & Broader Society                                                                            89%

      Employees - Internal CSR                                                                81%

                                 0%             20%                40%                60%   80%           100%

The CSR undertakings of most SMEs feature a strong focus on society and employees.
This confirms that SMEs have a great social embedding. It is noted that due to their
sheer size, they are less involved on topical issues such as the environment and
governance/code of ethics.

Forms of action

                                                       Chart 42

                                           What form does your activities take?



SMEs were also asked whether they conduct CSR individually or by partnering up with
other organisations. Most organisations prefer to act individually when they undertake
CSR activities (86%). The underlying reason for such a decision would seem that they
encounter unequal participation from other organisations in which they have
collaborated in the past. Out of the remaining 14% which do CSR through collective
action, 14% carry out CSR activities by partnering up with NGOs and 16% with the
private sector.

                                              Chart 43

                                         Collective Action

       C ollective Action with    0%
        International Bodies

       C ollective Action with     3%
       Governmental Bodies

       C ollective Action with          14%

       C ollective Action with            16%
              PS firms

                             0%         20%        40%       60%   80%      100%

Controlling CSR activities

                                              Chart 44

                   Do you measure the impact of your CSR activities?



Only 19% of SMEs ensure that the targeted groups have benefited from CSR activities.
This is explained by the fact that SMEs’ contribution to CSR is too minimal on one hand

and on the other, SMEs lack the necessary personnel and time to go on site to evaluate
the backdrop of their CSR undertakings.

5.4      Evaluation of implementation of CSR activities

There are a number of areas pertaining to implementation of CSR activities requiring
further probing:

♦     What benefits do SMEs reap;
♦     What challenges they face;
♦     How they foresee the future of CSR undertakings;
♦     Which factors promote CSR according to them; and
♦     What should be the role of the government?


                                                   Chart 45

                   How has your organisation benefited from conducting CSR?

                 Better public                                            49%

         Better relations w ith                                 32%

         Better relations w ith              11%

           Better motivation                                                      59%
          amongst employees

                                  0%   10%         20%    30%     40%   50%     60%     70%

The engagement of SMEs in CSR activities clearly indicates that there are many
benefits to be reaped.             These firms were asked how they have benefited from
conducting CSR.        Most companies surveyed reap benefits of CSR activities through
enhanced employees motivation (59%) and better public relations (49%).

Companies are thus achieving their desired objectives by carrying out both internal and
external CSR activities. This would definitely encourage them to carry more of such


                                                             Chart 46

                  Did you encounter the following challenges when implementing your
                                             CSR activities?

        10%                                                                           8%


                                                                         No proper
                                             Lack of audit

                                                                                                     Lack of
                        Lack of


It was also interesting to identify challenges facing SMEs before, during and after
implementing CSR activities.               Lack of coordination and information are the main
challenges that the organisations have to face. This is attributed to the fact that SMEs
have limited structure and resources to carry out CSR activities.

Many companies pointed out that the government has to intervene by identifying on
needy CSR areas and devise strategies to address these issues.

Future of CSR undertakings

                                                             Chart 47

                      Do you foresee to continue conducting CSR activities?
                                                   Expand C SR
                                                                        Engage into new
                                                                         C SR activities

     C ontinue C SR                                                                                C urtail C SR
        activities                                                                                   activities
          59%                                                                              C ease C SR11%

Respondents were required to indicate whether they foresee to continue conducting
CSR activities.       More than 85% of the organisations are willing to further their
engagement in CSR activities.              This is positive as although the impact of their CSR

undertakings is not significant, this would at least help to breed the CSR culture in the
business community in Mauritius. However, it is interesting to note that 14% of SMEs
foresee to curtail or cease their engagement in CSR. This may be due to the many
challenges they have faced before, during and after implementing CSR.

Factors promoting CSR

Chart 48

                      Factors that would encourage your organisation to increase its CSR

                                Positive outcomes for the organisation

A forum whereby pressing needs (economic, social etc) can be identified

               The guarantee that targeted groups are indeed benefiting

              Transparency in implementation of activities at NGO level

                               Partnership with other PS firms or NGOs

                       A better information dissemination about NGOs

              A revision of the actual tax policy regarding CSR activities

                                                                          0%         20%         40%      60%        80%   100%

                         Very Important              Important               Somehow Important    Not important at all

When prompted to share what would encourage them to increase CSR, the guarantee
that targeted groups are indeed benefiting from CSR activities turned out to be the
most important factor.                      On the other hand, partnership with external organisations
does not hold much of importance. As regards to revision of tax policy regarding CSR,
this measure would be well appreciated and help to enlarge SMEs’ CSR activities.

Role of government

Chart 49

                                                  Required assistance from Government

              Acting as Supervisor and

                   Assistance in kind or

                         Fiscal Incentives                                         32%

                                             0%           5%          10%         15%      20%    25%     30%     35%

SMEs, having reported that they do not necessarily wish to partner up with others in
their CSR undertakings, have nevertheless reported that the government may play a
more active role.     32% of the SMEs surveyed welcome fiscal incentives from the
government. This demonstrates that the willingness for CSR endeavour is present
among SMEs but they lack funding to carry out such activities.

5.5    Philanthropic and sponsorship activities

Philanthropic activities

Chart 50

                      Do you indulge in philanthropic activities?



Respondents were also required to state whether they indulge in philanthropic
activities. 86% are involved in philanthropic activities. This is an opportunity which the
community at large could take advantage.

Chart 51

                                     Philantrophy: priority areas supported

            Social evils        2%

            Community                                                                 45%

           Environment               5%

             Education                                             29%

              Religious                   8%

                Poverty                                          27%

                           0%             10%        20%          30%         40%       50%

Community and Education are the two most common priority areas in which SMEs
conduct CSR activities. It is interesting to note that large companies have also
earmarked these two areas as the most important to carry CSR activities.

Sponsorship activities

Chart 52

                       Do you indulge in sponsorship activities?



In addition to philanthropic activities, we also investigated whether SMEs in Mauritius
indulge in sponsorship activities. Only 49% of the SMEs surveyed undertake
sponsorship activities. This may be with a view to enhance their visibility. 51% are not
involved in sponsorship activities, most probably due to lack of funds.

Chart 53

                                      Priority areas sponsored

                Community in

                    Religious                               16%

                      Sports                                                  27%

                                0%   5%     10%       15%         20%   25%     30%

Priority areas sponsored by SMEs are mainly in sports, the general community and in
religious activities. Sports is the most common area which SMEs provide sponsorship.
Again this may be due to a quest for more visibility.

5.6    Partnerships with other organisations

Chart 54

                         Are you collaborating with this/these organisation/s?


           Long term
            yond 2010)

                                                       Short term

A key finding from our study reveals that 84 % of SMEs do not partner up with other
organisations for CSR activities. This is because they are not well structured and like to
do their CSR activities in their own way and in their own pace. Many SMEs have also
encountered      unequal    participation   during   previous       partnerships      with    other

Those SMEs that collaborate with other organisations do it on a one-off basis. This is
probably because they carry CSR activities in an informal way and due to limited

Chart 55

                                       NGO popularity

           40%    35%
           25%                                                                 19%
           15%                     10%      10%
           10%             5%                        5%                5%

We also queried the respondents on NGO popularity. SMEs consider PILS to be the
most popular NGO. It is important to note that PILS is also the most popular NGO
among large companies.

Chart 56

                                  How would you rate NGOs in Mauritius?

             Performance towards goals

               Mobilisation of resources

    Membership and quality of resources

                        C ommunication

       C ommitment and professionalism

             Structure and organisation

         Aims and mandate of the NGOs

                                       0%   10%   20%   30%    40%   50%   60%    70%    80%    90% 100%

                                                   Excellent   Very Good   Good   Fair   Poor

Furthermore, just like for large companies, the majority of SMEs rate NGOs in
Mauritius as good/fair. Very few rate NGOs as excellent/very good. The mean score
gives a better evaluation of each of the above criteria.

                                                                                    Mean Score
      Aims and mandate of the NGOs                                                          2.8
      Structure and organisation                                                            2.6
      Commitment and professionalism                                                        2.5
      Communication                                                                         2.6
      Membership and quality of resources                                                   2.5
      Mobilisation of resources                                                             2.5
      Performance towards goals                                                             2.6

Aims and mandate of the NGOs obtains the highest mean score but all of the above
criteria obtain a mean score of less than 3. This implies that they are perceived by
SMEs as being fair to poor. Perception is as good as reality – NGOs should reverse this
perception by addressing the above dimensions.

                                           Chart 57

                   Would your organisation be interested to partner up with
                       other organisations to conduct CSR activities?


Another key finding is that more than 50% of SMEs reject the idea of a partnership
with other organisations to conduct CSR activities, hence substantiating the fact that
SMEs are not prepared to devote significant funds and time to the provision of CSR
activities. This is mainly due to their small size and limited resources.

Chart 58

                                          If yes, who?



           Private Firms

                       0%         20%       40%          60%         80%      100%

Those SMEs that are interested to do partnerships with other organisations are not
keen to partner with the Government. They prefer to partner with NGOs to carry out
CSR activities.

Chart 59

                             Ares where organisations lack information



It is also to be noted that SMEs favour education as an area for potential collaboration,
but they lack information on this sector. This is also the case for large companies.

Therefore, there is an urgent need for the government and the NGOs to provide all
necessary information on education in order to allow business organisations to carry
out their CSR activities properly.

Chart 60

                              Areas for NGO/PS/Govt partnerships



The main areas which SMEs consider important to partner with NGOs, private sector
and the government are namely in Education, Poverty and Health. Just like for large
companies, the majority of SMEs consider Education to be the most important area to
have partnerships.

Moreover, credibility of partners is the most important criteria for SMEs prior to
partnering up. This is because SMEs funds are limited and they want to ensure that

their partners will make good use of their funds. Other criteria include: goal
congruence, communication and formal CSR structure.

Chart 61

                           Benefits derived from CSR undertakings

                Personal                          10%

           Public relations                                            22%

                Employee                                   14%

                    Goodwill                       10%

                           0%       5%      10%          15%     20%    25%

Our study also investigated whether SMEs in Mauritius are deriving benefits from CSR
activities. The findings reveal that the main benefits that SMEs have obtained from
CSR undertakings are public relations, employee satisfaction, goodwill and personal
satisfaction. Public relations is considered to be the most important benefit for SMEs
since they are small in size and thus lack visibility. Therefore, CSR activities have
helped to make their name known to the general community and have thus enhanced
their visibility.

We also queried SMEs on CSR trend in Mauritius. To an overwhelming majority of
them, there will be an upward trend. This demonstrates that SMEs are adopting a
positive approach to CSR activities. An upward trend may also prompt other SMEs to
indulge in CSR.

5.7   End word

Chart 62

                                      End word

                     Increased                           should act as a
                   commitment                               facilitator
                   from Private                               47%

As an end word to the interview, SMEs mentioned that in order to enhance CSR
development, there must be an increased commitment from the private sector in
general and the government must reinforce its role as a facilitator.

5.8      Summary of key findings

CSR culture

♦     Though not formalised and structured, CSR culture and interest is very much
      present among SMEs in Mauritius.

CSR policy

♦     97% of respondents do not have a formal policy towards CSR

Internal CSR

♦     80% of SMEs surveyed do not have an internal CSR policy.

♦     However, the majority of SMEs in Mauritius indulge in internal CSR activities mainly
      in the form of training/career advancement and occupational health and safety.

Framework for external CSR activities

♦     87% of SMEs surveyed prefer to carry out their CSR activities on an individual

Evaluation valuation of implementing CSR activities

♦     More than 75% of SMEs will maintain/increase/start CSR activities in the future.

♦     The major benefits that SMEs have derived from CSR undertakings are public
      relation, employee satisfaction, goodwill and personal satisfaction.

Philanthropic and sponsorship activities

♦     87% of respondents carry out philanthropic activities while 60% indulge in
      sponsorship activities.

Partnerships with other organisations

♦     Only 20% of SMEs partner up with other organisations in their CSR activities.

♦     More than 50% of SMEs reject the idea of a partnership with other organisations to
      conduct CSR activities. It is also worth noting that SMEs that are willing to partner
      up with other organisations are not keen to partner with the Government.

NGO in Mauritius

♦     SMEs perceive NGOs in Mauritius to lack excellence and professionalism.

Policy dialogues and areas for potential collaboration

♦   53% of SMEs are interested to participate in policy dialogues initiatives involving
    NGO/Private Sector/Government.

♦   SMEs favour education as an area for potential collaboration. Other interest areas
    include poverty, health and environment.

6       Findings – Rodrigues

♦   CSR in Rodrigues is carried out in an informal way. The concept has not yet seeped
    into the vision and strategy of companies, big or SMEs.

♦   Companies have not elaborated codes of conduct/ethics/corporate governance or
    risk management policies.

♦   None of the companies surveyed in Rodrigues have a formal CSR policy.

♦   Internal CSR practices are not common in Rodrigues showing that the concept of
    organisational development is yet to gain popularity.

♦   CSR is carried out in an ad-hoc way:

               o   Responsibility for CSR is not assigned to anybody or team;

               o   No budget is set for CSR;

               o   Time is also allocated to CSR activities on an ad-hoc basis;

               o   Engagements in CSR are mostly carried out through individual

               o   Companies do not communicate about their CSR activities;

    ♦   Despite the ad-hoc nature of CSR in Rodrigues, companies intend to continue
        and/or increase their CSR undertakings in the future;

    ♦   Companies engage more readily in philanthropy and sponsorship than strategic

    ♦   Current philanthropic and sponsorship activities by organisations in Rodrigues
        are concentrated on the following areas: environment, education, sports,
        poverty and health;

    ♦   Major problems in Rodrigues – water supply, unemployment, alcoholism,
        teenage pregnancy, health care (lack of doctors, equipment, pharmacy), lack of
        leisure activities, education (lack of teachers);

    ♦   Areas of potential partnership include: education, environment, health, combat
        against teenage pregnancy, sports, handicapped persons, juvenile delinquency;

    ♦   NGOs have reported lack of funding from Private Sector and Government as
        being a major cause for lack of integrated CSR projects in Rodrigues; and

    ♦   The well-known NGOs in Rodrigues include: Craft Aids, Red Cross, ACIR, ABRO,
        Shoals of Rodrigues.

7         Legal review

We have carried out a high level overview of relevant laws and codes that may affect
CSR directly or indirectly and have identified improvement areas to them.

7.1       Existing regulatory framework

The applicable laws and regulations are listed hereunder:

7.1.1 Fundamental Rights          The Constitution of Mauritius
The Constitution of Mauritius is a framework of fundamental human rights.

Some of the principles laid out in the Constitution of Mauritius are namely:

      ♦   The right to freedom;

      ♦   Protection of right to life;

      ♦   Protection of right to personal liberty;

      ♦   Protection from slavery and forced labour;

      ♦   Protection from inhumane treatment;

      ♦   Protection from deprivation of property;

      ♦   Protection of privacy of home and other property;

      ♦   Provisions to secure protection of law;

      ♦   Protection of freedom of conscience;

      ♦   Protection of freedom of expression;

      ♦   Protection of freedom of assembly and association;

      ♦   Protection of freedom of movement; and

      ♦   Protection from discrimination.

The Constitution of Mauritius further contains provisions for the enforcement of those


      ♦   The principles laid out in the Constitution of Mauritius take precedence over
          laws and are at the highest level of the legal hierarchy.


   ♦   The recourse to remedies for breaches of the Constitution of Mauritius is a
       heavy one as it necessitates a lot of efforts and funds and for the said reasons,
       ordinary citizens are in practice often deprived of those remedies, which are
       only left to persons of means or persons with considerable support behind

   ♦   The Ombudsman is there in theory, but ordinary citizens are not aware of same.


   ♦   There is a need to improve the system for reporting breaches of the
       Constitution, improve substantially the help given to normal citizens who want
       to take redress for breaches of the Constitution and ease the system where
       breaches of the Constitution are dealt with.

   ♦   Once the above measures are in place, adequate information campaigns must
       be done so that ordinary citizens are aware of the existence and mechanism of
       those systems.        The Protection of Human Rights Act
The Act puts into place a Commission to deal with any complaints pertaining to human
rights violation. In the execution of its duties, the Commission is empowered to visit
places of detention; resolve any complaint/ matter subject of an enquiry; summon
witnesses and examine them on oath; call for the production of documents.


   ♦   The Act provides that the Commission will enquire into any complaint not only
       from anyone alleging that his rights are being violated but also when there is a
       likelihood of his rights being violated.

   ♦   The Commission is also empowered to review any factor or difficulties that
       would inhibit the enjoyment of human rights.

   ♦   There is a set time limit of a maximum of 2 years within which the Commission
       will enquire.

   ♦   The Commission works quite independently but at the same time has to report
       each year to the President.


   ♦   The Act is limited to complaints relating to acts or omission of anyone acting in
       the performance of any public function conferred by law or in the performance
       of the functions of any public office or public body only.

   ♦   Though the Commission has quite vast powers, it still cannot deal with any
       complaint subject to its enquiry and has to refer the matter to the appropriate
       body based on the matter at issue. For example where a complaint deals with
       the commission of an offence, the matter is referred to the DPP.


   ♦   The Commission could be given more powers so that it could deal directly with
       any matter without having to have recourse to other institutions. The
       Commission should have powers to act immediately and without notice in case
       where celerity is needed.       Sections 96 and following of the Constitution and Ombudsman
The above provide for the setting up of the office of an Ombudsman who shall, with his
officers, have the responsibility to investigate any complaint made to it mainly
regarding persons employed in the public sector.


   ♦   The Act provides for a definite set procedure to deal with complaints and sets
       up an amicable way of resolving same.


   ♦   The Ombudsman has no sanctioning powers and no powers to implement his


   ♦   The Ombudsman could be given powers to implement his decisions directly. He
       could also be given sanctioning powers.       Other legislations
There are also some specific legislative enactments for special situations such as the
Child Protection Act 1994, which provides for the protection of children against ill
treatment, sexual offences, child trafficking; and the Consumer Protection Act 1991,
which provides for general safety requirements for consumers, the legal power to
revoke any of those safety regulations.

7.1.2 Labour       Labour Act 1975
This Act governs all employer-employee relationships and deals with issues such as the
payment of remuneration, the modes of payment of remuneration, any advances or

This law also provides for internal working conditions such as hours of work, including
overtime, conditions of work, measures against workplace violence and includes
provisions on termination of employment as well as payment of severance allowance,
both normal and punitive and other related matters.


   ♦   The Labour Act provides positive measures such as the prohibition of employing
       children or even young persons in dangerous environment.             Moreover, it
       provides penalties against violence at the place of the work.


   ♦   The Act does not make provision for enforcement agent to check the
       employment of children or any employment of young persons in a dangerous

   ♦   Penalties against workplace violence are very low.


   ♦   Provision for enforcement agent to verify and to sanction employment of
       children or any employment of young persons in a dangerous environment.

   ♦   Increase penalties against workplace violence.       Industrial Relations Act 1982
This Act caters for aspects of good relationship between management and workers and
contains a code designed to promote better relationship between the various players of
the workplace.

It also provides for the recognition of trade unions and relationships between the
unions and management.       Sex Discrimination Act 2002
The Sex Discrimination Act 2002 provides for the elimination of all forms of gender
discrimination and sexual harassment in certain areas of public activity.

It includes provisions against discrimination, inter alia in, employment, profession,
trades or occupation, education, provision of goods, services or facilities, in

accommodation, in companies, partnerships or other associations, in clubs on grounds
of sex, marital status, or pregnancy.


   ♦   The Act establishes a Sex Discrimination Division which :

       a) Receive and enquire into any written complaints related to alleged
           infringements of this Act.

       b) Cause such enquiries to be made into a complaint in such a manner it thinks

       c) Endeavour by conciliation to effect a settlement of the matters to which the
           alleged. infringements relate.

       d) Make recommendations as it deems appropriate to any relevant authorities.


   ♦   There is the need for the Sex Discrimination Division to promote understanding,
       acceptance and compliance of the Act.       It has to undertake research and
       educational programs and other relevant programs for promoting the objects of
       the above Act.


   ♦   It is suggested that the Sex Discrimination Division must show more visibility
       and thus encourages victims of sex discrimination to come forward for the
       necessary protection.

   ♦   The division must also play a more proactive role in the provisions of sexual
       education. This may be by disseminating guidelines to the public starting from
       schools to work places.

   ♦   Moreover, seminars must be organised to cover the main provisions of the Sex
       Discrimination Act.           The Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Act 1996
This Act caters for the training and employment of disabled persons.

It establishes the Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Board which provide
for the welfare of disabled persons and prevent discrimination in employment.


   ♦   The Act imposes a duty on every employer having in its employ 35 or more
       people to recruit a percentage of disabled persons.

   ♦   The Act provides that a disabled person shall not be employed in a work which
       is unsuitable having regards to the nature of the disability.

   ♦   Breaches of any obligations under the Act is considered to be an offence.

   ♦   The Act      includes tax incentives or other incentives to employers to recruit
       disabled persons.


   ♦   The Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Act does not make any
       provisions in respect of enforcement agents at work places.


   ♦   An enforcement body must be set up to verify any potential infringements of
       the Act and ensure that the rights of disabled persons in employment are

   ♦   Seminar / campaigns should be organised to promote the awareness of the
       rights of disabled persons.

7.1.3 Environment       The Environment Protection Act 2002
The Environment Protection Act 2002 has been enacted to provide for the protection
and management of the environmental assets of Mauritius so that their capacity to
sustain the society and its development remains unimpaired and to foster harmony
between quality of life, environmental protection and sustainable development for the
present and future generations.

More specifically, the Act provides for the legal framework and the mechanism to
protect the natural environment, to plan for environmental management and to
coordinate the inter-relations of environmental issues, and to ensure the proper
implementation of governmental policies and enforcement provisions necessary for the
protection of human health and the environment of Mauritius.

The law includes:

   ♦   The provision of a “Police de l’Environnement”, a unit of the Mauritius Police
       Force whose task would be to enforce environmental law.

   ♦   The obligation to supply an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) before
       undertaking works which are listed under the Act and can have an impact on
       the environment. Opponents can contest the project, and appeal procedures
       before the Environment Appeal Tribunal are provided for.

  ♦   Powers of entry and arrest on its authorised officers in the enforcement of its

  ♦   Obligations on a person responsible for an activity discharging a pollutant into
      the environment to provide for monitoring of such discharge and provide
      records of such monitoring.

  ♦   Regulations in relation to hazardous waste, water, air, effluent discharge,
      disposal of used oil and so forth.


  ♦   The obligation to supply an EIA compels big projects to adhere to environmental
      norms in various sectors such as hotels, manufacturing, etc.

  ♦   The impact of such projects on the environment is assessed prior to the
      carrying   out   of   the   project,   and   measures   to   mitigate   any   possible
      environmental effect are laid out in the EIA report.


  ♦   The enforcement aspect can be greatly improved.

  ♦   No proper Land Management.

  ♦   Appeals before Environmental Appeal Tribunal are not efficient. The frequent
      change in the Chairmanship of the Tribunal is often the cause of delays in the
      processing of appeals.

  ♦   Fines under the Act are not severe.


  ♦   Prosecution of offenders should be facilitated, with more means given to the
      enforcement authorities.

  ♦   Land management principles should be better adhered to. For example,
      factories should not be allowed to be present in residential zones. A clearer
      demarcation between the various zones is necessary.

  ♦   Appeals before the Environment Appeal Tribunal can be more efficiently dealt

  ♦   Fines should be substantially increased for instance large companies should be
      requested to pay fines of up to several million rupees in major cases.

Caution must however be exercised as too much protection is also not good since
sometimes actions under the Environment Protection Act can block projects of national
interest which provide create employment.        Beach Authority Act 2002
The Beach Authority Act 2002 establishes a Beach Authority to ensure the proper
control and management of public beaches in Mauritius and Rodrigues.

The Beach Authority has the duty to:

   ♦   Implement projects relating to

          •   The conservation and protection of the environment of public beaches
          •   Uplifting and landscaping works of public beaches
          •   Infrastructural development, including provision of amenities for the use of
              the public and their maintenance, on public beaches
          •   Provision of leisure facilities on public beaches
          •   The enhancement of the quality of sea water
          •   Day to day cleaning of public beaches
   ♦   Regulate activities on public beaches and ensure the security and safety of
       users of public beaches

   ♦   Issue beach traders' licence for activities at such places on public beaches as
       may be specifically reserved for that purpose

   ♦   Set standards and establish guidelines for beach management so as to enable
       users of public beaches to derive maximum enjoyment from clean, safe and well
       equipped beaches whilst safeguarding the environment

   ♦   Advise the concerned Minister on all matters relating to the management and
       development of public beaches    Biological And Toxin Weapons Convention Act 2004 and The
Chemical Weapons Act 2003
This law gives effect to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development,
Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on
their Destruction and to the Convention of the Prohibition of the Development,
Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.

This enables police officers who have reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has
been, is being or is likely to be committed in breach of this Act, to apply to a
Magistrate for a warrant to enter and search any premises and seize any material kept
in contravention of the said Acts.

                                                                                  92       Dangerous Chemicals Control Act 2004
The Dangerous Chemicals Control Act 2004 provides for the prevention of damage to
health and to the environment caused by dangerous chemicals and for better
protection of the workers, members of the public and the environment against
dangerous chemicals.

It confers the powers of search on the enforcement agency where it suspects that
there is imminent danger to the public health, public safety or environment.

Any persons suspecting the illegal handling of dangerous chemical by any one should
have a duty to report to the enforcement agencies established under the Act.

7.1.4 Trading       The Fair Trading Act 1979
The Fair Trading Act is one of the cornerstones of our consumer protection law. The Act
protects consumers by prohibiting misleading or deceptive conduct in trade .

Two of the main provisions of the Act are that,

   ♦   Some consumer trade practices are prohibited. By virtue of the said Act, no
       person shall for the purposes of trade or promotion carry on a consumer trade
       practice which has the effect or is likely to have the effect of -

          a) misleading consumers as to, or withholding from them adequate
              information as to, their rights and obligations under any consumer

          b) otherwise misleading or confusing consumers with respect to any matter
              in connection with any consumer transaction;

          c) subjecting consumers to undue pressure to enter into any consumer

          d) causing the terms or conditions on which consumers enter into any
              consumer transaction, to be so adverse to them as to be detrimental to
              their interests.

   ♦   Except as otherwise provided by any enactment or as approved by the Minister,
       no trader shall enter or induce another trader to enter any undertaking,
       agreement, contract or other instrument which has the effect or is likely to have
       the effect of preventing, restricting or distorting competition or of promoting,
       establishing or observing any exclusive sales agreement or monopoly in
       connection with the production and supply of goods branded or otherwise, or of

The Act also :

   ♦   provides for Codes of Practice to be introduced;

   ♦   gives powers to officers of the Minister to make searches to ensure compliance
       with the Act.

General views

The issue of competition cannot be viewed in Mauritius in the same way as it is viewed
in large countries. We are a small country, with a limited market, limited resources,
and an adaptation of the norms prevailing in other countries is necessary. Failure to
make such an adaptation will be detrimental to the country.


   ♦   The Act prohibits unlawful consumer trade practice and upholds consumer
       protection, whilst expressly providing for traders not to mislead or confuse
       customers .

   ♦   Section 6 promotes the spirit of fair competition and restricts any unlawful and
       prohibited agreements made with a view to prevent, restrict or distort

   ♦   Specific codes of practice may be prepared and regulated by the Minister or his
       designated officers.

   ♦   The Act provides that non-compliance with any compulsory code of practice or
       any other contravention of the Act will constitute an offence and may be
       punished by a fine or a term of imprisonment.

   ♦   Any goods which is the subject matter of an offence under the Act may be
       seized and detained.


   ♦   An adaptation of the concept of “fair competition” and of norms prevailing in
       other countries to the local context is necessary.

   ♦   The Act provides for the protection of consumers but in too general terms. No
       channel of complaint or any powers of the consumer is expressed for the
       protection of the consumer to operate. This may cause prejudice to customers
       in as much as in case of non compliance with the Act, no direction is available
       to customers as to the form or tenor of their respective complaints.

   ♦   The Codes have not been published.

                                                                               94        The Consumer Protection Act
The purpose of the Act is to promote protection of safety and quality of goods supplied.

The Act further provides that the Minister may make regulations under the Act. Only
two regulations have been published, one for toys and another for laser pointers.


The law provides for powers of search and prohibition notices.


Only two regulations having been passed under the Act, the scope of the Act is limited.

The Consumer Protection (Price and Supplies Control) Act

This Act, which is frequently applied, gives wide powers to the Minister of Commerce to
fix maximum prices, fix maximum mark-ups and recommend maximum prices.

The Act further imposes obligations on traders, like, for example, the obligation to
display goods traders have on sale, the obligation to keep goods in specific places and
the obligation to sell gods exposed or kept for sale.

Many regulations have been fixed in relation to several products, such as milk,
petroleum products, bread, fertilizers, second hand motor vehicles, etc.

Penalties apply if traders do not comply with the Act or with the Regulations.

The Minister has quite wide enforcement powers.

Several traders interviewed complain about the effects of this law and of the
regulations passed thereunder, the Ministry’s position being that the regulations are

7.1.5 Business        The Companies Act 2001
The Companies Act 2001 provides for:

    ♦   The duty of directors to act in good faith and in the best interests of the

    ♦   The exercise of powers of directors in relation of employees

    ♦   Indemnity and insurance relating to directors

    ♦   Measures against the falsification of records

  ♦   Framework for the protection of minority shareholders


  ♦   It is a well-drafted piece of legislation which covers the major areas of Company


  ♦   There are very limited practical recourses for breach of duties under the
      Companies Act 2001. Very few directors and officers are prosecuted, although
      the breaches are more frequent than the number of actions against directors
      and officers.

  ♦   The poor results tend to cause victims to be very reluctant to take actions
      against directors and officers.


  ♦   Better enforcement methods are necessary; for instance prosecution of
      directors and officers for breaches of duties must be enhanced, better
      enforcement of prohibition to act as directors or officers, better facilitation of
      measures to enable victims to take actions against directors. There is also a
      need to improve awareness of the public on the importance of the Companies

                                                                               96         The Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2002
The Act, inter alia,

   ♦   deals with offences involving proceeds of crime as well as putting into place a
       Financial Intelligence Unit which has wide powers to deal with financial
       information relating to proceeds of crime, issues of money laundering and
       transactions related to terrorism financing;

   ♦   imposes specific duties on banks, financial institutions and cash dealers, and
       imposes on them an obligation to take all necessary precautions to prevent
       money laundering. The said persons must report any case in which they
       consider that there has been money laundering;

   ♦   punishes all persons who are involved in money laundering;

   ♦   limits payment in cash to a fixed amount, in order to avoid money laundering


   ♦   The Act penalizes not only instances where a person deals with property which
       represents the proceeds of a crime, but also where the person suspects or has
       reasonable grounds to suspect that the property represents the proceeds of a

   ♦   The Act penalizes individuals as well as financial institutions.

   ♦   The penalties set out in the Act appear quite stringent and in our view
       constitute a strong deterrent.

   ♦   The setting up of the Financial Intelligence Unit having wide powers and acts as
       an independent body to scrutinize the issue of money laundering and terrorist

   ♦   The Act provides for a series of measures such as reporting obligations,
       exchange and dissemination of information and exchange of information,
       reporting of suspicious transactions and so on, put into place to combat the
       offences relating to money laundering.

   ♦   The Act also provides for mutual assistance with overseas bodies in relation to
       money laundering and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.


   ♦   Very few offenders are prosecuted, and prosecutions do not bring the desired
       results. The prosecution side can be improved.


   ♦   In our view, the inquiries so far have not been carried out at the right places.
       Better methods of collaboration between Mauritius and foreign States are
       necessary, and the legal framework for such international collaboration can be
       improved (e.g. for frauds involving several jurisdictions). An improvement of
       the prosecution side is necessary to improve the deterrent effect.       The Income Tax Act 1995
The Act caters for individual and corporate taxation policies as well as the international
aspects of income tax. It puts into place the PAYE system of taxation.

The Act further establishes the office of the Commissioner of Income Tax and gives
vast powers to request for production of books and records and other information, of
inspection as well as to waive penalty to the Commissioner.


   ♦   A variety of penalties are available for various offences relating to Income Tax
       from minor ones such as failing to submit tax returns to failing to pay tax.


   ♦   Tax deductions in respect of donations to charitable institutions are no longer
       available. However, effects are mitigated with the fall in income tax rate to 15%
       for both corporates and individuals.


   ♦   Incentives could be granted on an ad hoc basis in relation with expenditure
       made on specific CSR projects of national importance, rebates for projects
       prompting a better environment or inversely heavier taxes should be levied on
       projects which are not environment-friendly.       The Borrower Protection Act 2007
This Act regulates credit agreements for a sum not exceeding 2 million rupees and to
provide for the establishment of the Office of the Commissioner for the Protection of

The Act provides for protection to a borrower who is unable to meet his obligations
under a credit agreement as a result of illness, injury, loss of employment, death of
working spouse or other reasonable cause of hardship, which affects his capacity to
repay the debt and who reasonably expects to be able to discharge his obligations if
the terms of the credit agreement are revised.

It covers any lending institution such as banks, insurance companies, and such other
prescribed financial institutions.

It also contains some good ideas but tends to go too far in protective measures. Such
over-protection can have a counter-effect and constitute a handicap for a category of
persons who can be deprived of credit due to the unwillingness of lending institutions
to grant loans due to the obstacles of the Act.

7.1.6 Security        The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002
The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002 provides for measures to combat terrorism and
for related matters.

Under the Act, an offence shall also be committed if a person who participates in
terrorist meetings, harbours terrorists, do not disclose information about acts of
terrorism or even obstruct terrorist investigation.

Under the Act, an act of terrorism would include an act which in a large sense may
seriously damage a country, its population or an international organisation.

This encompasses acts such as:

   ♦   Seriously intimidating a population

   ♦   Unduly compelling a Government or an international organisation to perform or
       abstain from performing any act

   ♦   Seriously destabilising or destroy the fundamental political, constitutional,
       economic or social structures of a country or an international organisation

   ♦   Influencing such government, or international organisation

   ♦   Attacking upon a person's life which may cause death

   ♦   Attacking upon the physical integrity of a person

   ♦   Kidnapping of a person

   ♦   Extensive destruction to a Government or public facility, a transport system, an
       infrastructure facility, including an information system, a fixed platform located
       on the continental shelf, a public place or private property, likely to endanger
       human life or result in major economic loss

   ♦   The seizure of an aircraft, a ship or other means of public or goods transport.

      ♦    The manufacture, possession, acquisition, transport, supply or use of weapons,
           explosives or of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, as well as research
           into, and development of, biological and chemical weapons

      ♦    The release of dangerous substance, or causing of fires, explosions or floods,
           the effect of which is to endanger human life

      ♦    Interference with or disruption of the supply of water, power or any other
           fundamental natural resource, the effect of which is to endanger life.

Moreover under the Act, an offence shall also be committed if a person who
participates in terrorist meetings, harbours terrorists, do not disclose information about
acts of terrorism or even obstruct terrorist investigation.     The Convention For The Suppression Of The Financing Of
Terrorism Act 2003
This Act provides that any person who by any means whatsoever, wilfully and
unlawfully, directly or indirectly, provides or collects funds with the intention or
knowledge that they will be used, or having reasonable grounds to believe that they
will be used, in full or in part, to commit in Mauritius or abroad terrorist activities shall
commit an offence.

The Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism Act 2003 gives effect
to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

7.2        Local voluntary codes of conduct and ethical standards

7.2.1 Joint Economic Council – Model of Conduct
The code provides for observance of the laws of Mauritius, whilst at the same time
providing for straight, fair, honest and efficient dealings in business. Disclosure of
unauthorized company information and non observance of rules could result in
disciplinary action. Shareholders will benefit from Company growth and profits and the
financial records should be true, accurate and up to date. Generally, the code covers
aspects of the personal conduct of directors and employees, relations with suppliers
and       contractors,   relations   with   customers   and   consumers,   responsibilities   to
shareholders and the financial community, employment practices and responsibilities
to the community.


      ♦    The Company operates within a framework of fair and open competition where
           competitors are treated fairly and trade is done to the highest ethical standards
           in order to ensure and maintain long terms business relationships.

   ♦   The Company must function with the aim of increasing growth and profits for
       the benefit of shareholders and all financial records must be kept in the most
       concise, complete and up to date manner.

   ♦   The Company shall be an equal opportunity employer and shall offer high
       health, safety and welfare to its employees.

   ♦   Care for the environment is one of the Company's main concerns. The
       manufacture, handling and disposing of materials is done in such a way that
       risks to human health and environment is minimised.

   ♦   Directors and employees are encouraged to participate in community activities
       in charitable organizations.

   ♦   Channels of complaints are open to everyone and all complaints are considered
       impartially and efficiently.

   ♦   A very efficient and courteous service is offered to customers, who at the same
       time have the privilege of benefiting from products that meet a high standard of
       safety, quality and reliability.


   ♦   The code provides for strict adherence to the laws of Mauritius whilst at the
       same time not trying ‘to bribe any public official in any circumstances
       anywhere’. It would seem that from this section it could be inferred that officials
       ‘other than’ public officials could be bribed or induced! This section, as it is
       presently worded, would not apply to officials employed by private companies
       or private banking institutions for example, as they do not fall within the
       category of ‘public officials’.

   ♦   The code fails to provide for the type of penalty for those who act in breach of


   ♦   The code may provide for penalties and punishment in case there is any breach
       of the code. This will ensure a better compliance with the code. Moreover it
       should provide for a unit whereby complaints may be made by any person.

7.2.2 Mauritius Code of Ethics
The code provides for the standards of correct conduct expected of public officers. It
emphasizes the importance of a responsible, responsive and caring public service and
is intended to promote effective administration and responsible behaviour. The code
applies to all officers irrespective of grade or rank. It rests on a number of values and

principles which guide the behaviour and action of public officers so as to inspire public
confidence and trust and those values and principles are Integrity, Objectivity,
Conscientiousness and Loyalty to the Government of the day.


   ♦   The code provides for the relationship between public officers and ministers to
       be based on mutual trust and confidence. Public officers should work with their
       ministers to the best of their ability with integrity, courtesy and respect.

   ♦   In their relations with the public, public officers must always act in a courteous
       and careful manner. Every member of the public must get an equal and efficient
       treatment, irrespective of their social class. Officers must always act with a view
       to enhance the reputation of the public service.

   ♦   Public officers should ensure that public assets and other resources are used for
       official purposes only and are managed scrupulously, properly, efficiently and
       effectively. Waste and extravagance in the use of resources must be avoided.

   ♦   Officers must be careful in what they do, say or in the way they behave or dress
       and they should operate in a proper work environment where respect and
       mutual understanding prevails between colleagues.


   ♦   The code does not provide anything in case of breach or failure to abide by its
       provisions nor does it make any mention about any penalties to those who
       contravene its provisions.

   ♦   The code contains only the general applicable principles, and is not a detailed
       one. More details of what is expected from the public officers, or of what they
       should not do, could be given.

   ♦   This code is not known to the public in general, so that members of the public
       do not know when public officers trespass the code. No mention is made of
       where breaches of the code should be reported by members of the public.
       Moreover, there is no specific form on which complaints can be made.

   ♦   Principles contained in the code should be more disseminated in the public

7.2.3 Code of Corporate Governance
The Code of Corporate Governance for Mauritius is a major advancement in modern
business life and has brought several major changes in boardroom day to day life.

In this Code, various functions of the different players of a company are detailed, and
their roles are carefully defined to protect investors and the other stakeholders of the

The Code applies to all companies with turnover exceeding Rs250M and these
companies have to comply or else furnish explanations for non-compliance.

The Code covers a number of key areas of CSR which are as follows :          Risk Management
Risk Management includes systematic identification and evaluation of risks pertaining
to the organisation.

According to the Code of Corporate Governance, companies in Mauritius are called
upon to have sound risk-management policies.

The objective of risk-management is not to completely eliminate risk but to reduce it to
an acceptable level, having regards to the objects of the company.

Risk-management should include reporting, consideration and taking of appropriate
action on risk exposure of the organisation in the following areas:

(1) Physical;

(2) Operational;

(3) Human Resources;

(4) Technology;

(5) Business Continuity;

(6) Financial;

(7) Compliance; and

(8) Reputational          Accounting
The Code of Corporate Governance for Mauritius also lays emphasis on preparation and
presentation of accounts which fairly represent the state of affairs of the company and
the results of its operations.

Companies are also required to select appropriate accounting policies supported by
reasonable judgements.

                                                                              103          Integrated Sustainability Reporting
It is in the long-term economic interest of a company to conduct itself as “a
responsible corporate citizen”.

Every company should report regularly to its stakeholders on:

   ♦   Ethics;

   ♦   Environment;

   ♦   Health and Safety; and

   ♦   Social Issues.


   ♦   The Code introduced several new principles, and changed quite substantially the
       day-to-day life of boardrooms.


   ♦   The enforcement of the Code is not really effective.         Many companies with
       turnover exceeding Rs250M, especially state-owned enterprises, do not comply
       with the Code since it is not legally binding.

   ♦   It is open to debate as to whether it is necessary to render the Code legally
       binding, and if it is made legally binding, whether its legal effect should not be
       restricted to a certain category of companies only.


   ♦   At any rate, some principles contained in the Code should be rendered

   ♦   Additional CSR principles can be introduced in the Code for example the
       obligation to introduce a report on CSR activities, strategies and policies in the
       annual report. The Code can introduce the requirement of a new full time
       officer, a CSR officer, for all companies of a certain size or of a certain turnover.
       Corporate Governance should be viewed in the local context, and some
       principles applied internationally may be adapted to the local context.

7.3       International codes and guidelines

7.3.1 United Nations Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact is an initiative to encourage businesses worldwide
to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on them. Under
the Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labour groups and
civil society.

The Global Compact was first announced by the then United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan in an address to The World Economic Forum on January 31, 1999, and was
officially launched at UN Headquarters in New York on July 26, 2000.

The United Nations Global Compact Office is supported by six UN agencies: the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; the United Nations Environment
Programme; the International Labour Organisation; the United Nations Development
Programme; the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation; and the United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the
environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:

      ♦   The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

      ♦   The International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles
          and Rights at Work

      ♦   The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

      ♦   The United Nations Convention Against Corruption

The ten principles include:

Human Rights

      Principle 1:   Businesses    should    support   and    respect    the   protection   of
                     internationally proclaimed human rights; and

      Principle 2:   make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour Standards

      Principle 3:   Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the
                     effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

      Principle 4:   the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory Labour;

      Principle 5:   the effective abolition of child labour; and

   Principle 6:    the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and


   Principle 7:    Businesses      should   support   a   precautionary   approach     to
                   environmental challenges;

   Principle 8:    undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;

   Principle 9:    encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly


   Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including
                   extortion and bribery.

The Global Compact is not a regulatory instrument, but rather a forum for discussion
and a network for communication including governments; companies and labour,
whose actions it seeks to influence; and civil society organisations, representing its
stakeholders.     The Compact’s goals are intentionally flexible and vague, but can
promote local networks and policy dialogues.

However many NGOs, such as Greenpeace, ActionAid, Global Policy Forum, CorpWatch,
SOMO and Berne Declaration, believe that in the absence of any effective monitoring
and enforcement provisions, the Global Compact fails to hold corporations accountable.
Moreover, these organisations argue that companies can misuse the Global Compact as
a public relations instrument for bluewash, as an excuse and argument to oppose any
binding international regulation on corporate accountability, and as an entry door to
increase corporate influence on the policy discourse and the development strategies of
the United Nations.


   ♦   Human Rights:

       1) Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally
       proclaimed human rights and make sure they are not complicit in human rights

   ♦   Labour Standards:

       2) The freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to
       collective bargaining must be upheld by businesses.

       3) Elimination of all forms of forced labour and compulsory labour must be a
       primary aim.

       4) Child labour must be effectively abolished.

       5) Discrimination in employment and occupation must be upheld in businesses.

   ♦   Environment:

       6) Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental

       7)     Businesses    should    undertake      initiatives   to   promote      environmental
       responsibility and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally
       friendly technologies.

   ♦   Transparency and Anticorruption:

       8) Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion
       and bribery.


   ♦   Many NGOs, such as Greenpeace, ActionAid, CorpWatch and Berne Declaration
       believe that, without any effective monitoring and enforcement provisions, the
       Global Compact fails to hold corporations accountable.

   ♦   Moreover, these organizations argue that companies can misuse the Global
       Compact as a public relations instrument for 'bluewash', as an excuse and
       argument      to    oppose    any   binding   international      regulation   on   corporate
       accountability, and as an entry door to increase corporate influence on the
       policy discourse and the development strategies of the United Nations.

   ♦   the Global Compact has no legal effect in Mauritius, and is not known by most
       companies of Mauritius, even though the general principles contained in the
       Global Compact are known to most Mauritian businesses.

7.3.2 OECD Guidelines
The OECD Guidelines are recommendations to enterprises made by the governments of
OECD member countries.

Their aim is to ensure that multinational enterprises operate in harmony with the
policies of the countries where they operate and with some standards set out in the

The Guidelines are voluntary and consequently, not legally enforceable. This however,
does not imply less commitment by OECD governments to encourage their observance.

The guidelines address private parties, i e, enterprises and not the government

The Guidelines contain a set of Concepts and Principles.

General Policies

The General Policies: contain the first specific recommendations, including te need to
protect human rights, to have sustainable development, supply chain responsibility, to
cooperate with the local community, to encourage human capital formation, to refrain
from seeking or accepting exemptions not contemplated in the statutory or regulatory
framework, to support and uphold good corporate governance principles, to develop
and apply effective self-regulatory practices and management systems, to promote
employee awareness of ,and compliance with company policies, to refrain from
discriminatory or disciplinary action against employees who make bon fide reports to
management, to encourage (where applicable) business partners to apply principles of
corporate conduct compatible with the Guidelines, and to abstain from any improper
involvement in political activities.

The Guidelines contain provisions on Disclosure of Information, Employment and
Industrial Relations, Environment, Combating Bribery, Consumer Interests, Science
and Technology, Competition, and Taxation,

General comment on the Guidelines

   ♦   The guidelines are the only comprehensive, multilaterally endorsed code of
       conduct for multinational enterprises.

   ♦   They establish principles covering a broad range of issues in business ethics

   ♦   The    guidelines   are   non   binding   for   enterprises.   Nonetheless,    several
       Governments have committed themselves to promote their observance and
       effective implementation.

   ♦   They are designed to prevent misunderstandings and build an atmosphere of
       confidence and predictability between business, labour, governments and
       society as a whole.

   ♦   The guidelines are supported by OECD governments, as well as several non-
       member countries and are supported by businesses and labour organisations,
       as well as several non-governmental organisations.


With Mauritius moving into the global sector, and wanting to attract more and more
international investments, the OECD guidelines are a good example of the standards
that should be achieved by the MNEs investing in Mauritius and the Mauritian
companies which want to extend their activities by foreign investments.


The OECD guidelines are not legally enforceable and do not contain any penalties in
case of breach.

7.3.3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (GRI Guidelines)
The Sustainability Reporting Guidelines are not a code or set principles of conduct.
They are a framework for reporting on an organization’s economic, environmental and
social performance.

The guidelines present reporting principles and specific content to guide the
preparation of organizational-level sustainability reports, assist organizations in
presenting a balanced and reasonable picture of their economic, environmental and
social performance, promote comparability of sustainability reports, while taking into
account the practical considerations related to disclosing information across a diverse
range of organizations, many with extensive and geographically dispersed operations,
support benchmarking and assessment of sustainability performance with respect to
codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives and serve as an instrument to
facilitate stakeholder engagement.


   ♦   The guidelines provide a holistic framework that addresses broad performance -
       social, economic, environmental - as to how an organization is reporting to

   ♦   They guide an organization’s approach to 'proving' its impact.

   ♦   GRI is used widely internationally as a generally accepted reporting framework
       and as such provides a method for increased comparability.

   ♦   Organisations can use the GRI reporting to help measure and benchmark
       performance, both against their own targets and externally. Management can
       use GRI indicators to encourage employees to make good progressive

   ♦   The Guidelines are flexible and can be used in different sectors and
       geographical contexts.


      ♦   Adhering to the Guidelines may be labour intensive and full reporting may
          represent a challenge for smaller organizations.

      ♦   Their history of use in the social enterprise sector is limited and some of the
          language and approaches are more familiar and appropriate for multinational

      ♦   They provide guidance, but not accreditation. a mark or external evaluation
          unless combined with other tools, such as an assurance standards.

      ♦   Their main focus is 'sustainability' for example, reporting external impact but
          not necessarily focusing on positive outcomes or impacts.

7.4       Mechanisms of control from the State and civil society

We have undertaken a review of the existing mechanism of control from the state
through meeting with various Ministries and Authorities namely the Ministry of
Environment, Labour, Women, the Registrar of Companies and the Office of

7.4.1 Ministry of Environment and National Development Unit
The Ministry of Environment is primarily responsible for the administration of the
environmental      protection   legislations   and   the     design   and   development     of
environmental guidelines and standards for the country.

Enforcement provisions and mechanism of control

There are a myriad of provisions for penalties in the Environmental Protection Act
(EPA) for infringement of environmental laws.

The EPA stipulates that certain projects have to obtain an Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) or Preliminary Environment Report (PER) prior to obtaining approval
from the Government for their implementation stage.

The Ministry of Environment has a compliance division that assess EIAs and
consultation is made with various Ministries and Authorities prior to granting EIA
certificates to promoters.

There is a unit at the Ministry of Environment, “Police de L’environment’                 that
addresses all the environmental problems encountered by the public in general and
authorised officers of the Ministry have powers to prosecute offenders.


   ♦     There is a lot of abuse on behalf of business organisations in respect of non
         conformance to local environmental regulations since fines in the EPA are not
         severe enough and do not therefore act as a deterrent.

   ♦     The ‘Police de L’environment” unit of the Ministry lacks visibility throughout the

   ♦     There is a dire lack of sentisation campaigns on environmental issues especially
         in the business community.


   ♦     A manifold increase in fines is required in order to prevent business
         organisations from damaging the environment and sensitise the public in

   ♦     The “Police de L’Environnement” must be spread throughout the country
         through the recruitment of additional manpower. For instance, they must be
         present in some pertinent police stations.

   ♦     The Ministry of Environment must invest more in sensitisation campaigns on the
         protection of the environment so that this may be embedded in their work

7.4.2 Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations
One of the core duties of the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations is to ensure
that the rights of workers are respected. The ministry handles issues such as working
conditions, salary and health and safety of employees.

Enforcement provisions and mechanism of control

The compliance department of the Ministry does regular checks in companies to ensure
that the rights of workers are not infringed. Regular payroll checks are conducted to
ensure that salaries are paid according to the applicable renumeration order. Officials
of the Ministry also interview employees of Companies in respect of their working


   ♦     The Ministry of Labour lacks legal assistance to the detriment of prosecutions

   ♦     The penalties in the labour Act are too lenient and the legal procedures are not
         user-friendly for employees.

   ♦      There is a lack of sensitisation campaigns from the Ministry of Labour that
          inform and educate employees about their rights


   ♦      The Ministry of Labour could be assisted by a full time legal person to improve

   ♦      It is impending for the government to review the Labour Act and make it
          become more user-friendly for employees. Penalties must be increased
          substantially to act as a deterrent to labour law infringement.

   ♦      The Ministry of Labour must invest more on sensitisation campaigns.

7.4.3 Ministry of Women’s Rights, Child Development, Family Welfare &
Consumer Protection
The Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) has the responsibility of enforcing the various
consumer legislations, of providing overall consumer satisfaction and security and
probing on consumer complaints.

Its main objectives are as follows :

   ♦      To protect the rights of consumers

   ♦      To educate consumers of their rights and responsibilities

   ♦      To settle disputes between traders and consumers

Enforcement provisions and mechanism of control

The CPU ensures that imported products (steel, toys, fire crackers, etc) are safe for
consumers and are in line with local and international standards.

Surprise checks are carried out at trading outlets to check on any overpricing and to
ensure that all products on display have a price tag and indication of the country of
origin. They also ensure that retailers do not sell stale products. The CPU also indulges
in information campaigns by distributing brochures on consumer rights to the general


   ♦      The absence of a legal person acts as a constraint to the effective prosecution of

   ♦      The Ministry of Women Rights is not the appropriate Ministry for the CPU.

   ♦      The CPU lacks visibility.


   ♦     The CPU could be assisted by a full time legal person to improve prosecutions.

   ♦     The CPU must be under the aegis of an appropriate Ministry say the Ministry of
         Commerce in order to ensure better coordination and concerted actions by the
         government in their endeavour to enhance consumer rights.

   ♦     The CPU must make more use of the Media in order to show more visiblity and
         provide insightful advices to both retailers and consumers.

7.4.4 Registrar of Companies
The core function of the Registrar of Companies is to enforce companies to comply with
company law requirements.

Enforcement provisions and mechanism of control

The compliance department of the Registrar of Companies(ROC) has a monitoring
system that ensures that companies fulfill their statutory obligations such as payment
of annual registration fees, filing of annual return, etc. Companies that do not comply
with the Registrar of Companies are automatically struck off the companies register.


   ♦     ROC lacks prosecution powers

   ♦     ROC needs to sensitise more the business community (especially the family
         businesses) about the legal implications of non-compliance with their statutory


   ♦     The ROC must have a better control over the prosecution aspect in order to
         speed up legal cases and bring more cases to a positive result.

   ♦     The ROC must play a dual role in organising regular training sessions to the
         entrepreneurs (especially the family businesses) to ensure proper statutory
         compliances by companies.

7.4.5 The Office of the Ombudsman
The role of the Ombudsman in Mauritius is to ensure that the human rights of all
citizens of the country are respected.

Enforcement provisions and mechanism of control

The Office of Ombudsman carries out regular inspections for instance in prisons to
ensure that the rights of prisoners are respected. They usually work under close
collaboration with the police


   ♦     The office of Ombudsman lacks prosecution powers.

   ♦     The Office of Ombudsman and his powers are not sufficiently known and user-


   ♦     The office of Ombudsman must have prosecution powers in order to slash
         bureaucracy and speed up legal cases.

   ♦     The ombudsman must play a linchpin role in reinforcing its presence in the
         country through media for instance in order to encourage the general public to
         come to them for assistance.

8       Recommendations

8.1    Overview

Partnership models for CSR initiatives

    Case   1: Ethos Institute – Business and Social Responsibility is a non-
    governmental organization created with the mission of mobilizing, sensitizing and
    helping companies to manage their businesses in a socially responsible manner,
    making them partners in the construction of a fair sustainable society. Its 907
    members comprise companies of different segments and sizes, which account for
    annual revenues of approximately 30% of the Brazilian GDP and employ roughly 1.2
    million people. Their main characteristic is their interest in establishing ethical
    patterns for the relationship with employees, customers, suppliers, community,
    shareholders, public power, and the environment.

    Conceived by businessmen and executives from the private sector, Ethos Institute is
    a center for mobilization, organization of knowledge, exchange of experiences and
    development of tools that can help companies to analyze their management
    practices and deepen their commitment with corporate responsibility. It is today an
    international reference in the issue and develops projects in partnership with several
    bodies worldwide.

                   Case 2: UK Government - The UK Government has a vision for UK
                   businesses to consider the economic, social and environmental impacts of
                   their activities, wherever they operate in the world and has set a role in
                   promoting continuous improvement in the business contribution to the
                   three pillars - economic, social and environmental - of sustainable

                   The base level of responsible behaviour for any organisation is legal
                   compliance and the Government has a role to play in setting standards in
                   areas such as environmental protection, health & safety and employment

    Case 3: NGO Forum - The government's 1999 white paper 'Saving Lives: Our
    Healthier Nation' established the National Forum of Non-Governmental Public Health
    Organisations (subsequently known as the NGO Forum) as part of its developing
    public health strategy. The Forum is sponsored by the Department of Health and is
    managed by the Royal Society of Health.

    Membership is open to any national NGO and interested orgnisations can sign up for
    the monthly email news bulletin to be kept regularly informed of developments.

    The NGO Forum today is the key vehicle for engaging key national NGOs in the
    planning and delivery of all future social marketing enhanced national programmes
    and campaigns."

The main finding of the survey was that CSR is not embedded in corporate culture.
However, CSR has been gaining momentum gradually in Corporate Mauritius as
companies engage more and more into multi-stakeholder initiatives.                                  It has become
the force behind and very often the enabler of sustainable development whether
companies act alone or in joint partnerships with other stakeholders in their CSR

8.2    An enabling framework for partnerships

The survey has revealed that 79% of companies have demonstrated interest in diverse
partnerships for CSR initiatives.

                Interest in partnership with                                  Interest in partnership with
                       private sector          43%         2%         30%             Government

                                                     11%            2%


                                               Interest in partnership with

In addition, companies have reported the following factors as very important to
important in encouraging CSR:

        ♦      A forum whereby pressing needs can be identified (by more than 75% of

        ♦      Partnerships with other companies and/or NGOs (by more than 60% of
               companies); and

        ♦      A better information dissemination about NGOs (by more than 75% of

The above findings are strong signals that there is a missing enabling framework to
bring these three stakeholders together.                        Thus, the initial, crucial initiative which
should be envisaged should be to elaborate a policy framework with representatives of
all three stakeholders with the aim of promoting, encouraging, facilitating and
supporting CSR initiatives within a broader social and economic integration so as to
address national development challenges.

This policy framework will provide the required impetus to CSR by addressing issues at
various levels:

       ♦   At           Corporate
           Mauritius    level,    at
           the civil society level
           and         at        the
           Government level;
                                           Private Sector                       NGO sector
       ♦   At joint partnership
           level by ensuring a
           better liaison between the various stakeholders (between Government and
           private sector, Government and NGO sector, private sector and NGO
           sector); and

       ♦   By providing a platform for the three-sector partnership.

8.3    Initiatives at individual sector level

8.3.1 Overview
In order for each stakeholder to be able to fully play their role in this tripartite
partnership and discharge their responsibilities with commitment, care and diligence, it
is imperative that reform be initiated on an individual player level and on an individual
sector level.

8.3.2 Private sector initiatives
Coordinated CSR activities

“A vision of development that leaves out the private sector is only vision,” said a UNDP
official. Indeed, the private sector is playing a vital role through the CSR endeavours
to address national development issues at the national and/or community level.
However, coordinated and concerted actions by the private sector may be more fruitful
than individual actions and CSR initiatives. The survey has revealed that around three
quarters of the companies would wish to team up with other private sector companies
in conducting CSR. The rationale for this interest in private sector partnership resides
in the fact that companies understand their counterparts better than they do NGOs and
Government, and they are more compatible in terms of culture and work ethics.
Companies would hold similar expectations from partnerships.           Coordinated private
sector CSR initiatives offer a number of benefits:

       ♦   Rationalising resource utilisation and improve projects' complementarities
           while reducing intervention overlap by ensuring coordination amongst the
           various counterparts through joint programming;

       ♦   Allowing information sharing on experiences, CSR design, implementation
           and best practices, and knowledge sharing on technical issues;

       ♦   Sharing    information    on    NGOs,        their   accountability,   their    project
           implementation capacity;

       ♦   Allowing joint formulation of CSR thematic strategies;

       ♦   Allowing promotion of implementation synergies by combining support and
           common services.

Strategic approach

Our survey has revealed that there is a strong positive correlation for existence of a
formal CSR policy and an engagement in strategic CSR partnership at community and
national levels.

Another area of focus for the private sector would therefore be to improve their
approach to CSR and give more structure to CSR initiatives by:

       ♦   Private companies would benefit from adopting a more strategic approach
           by mainstreaming CSR into management practice. The organisational vision
           and mission call for inclusion of the CSR concept so as to demonstrate
           commitment to overall national development.               It should also be able to
           promote the link between corporate citizenship , productivity and creation of
           wealth.    The time, and human and financial resources devoted to
           philanthropy, sponsorship and ad-hoc CSR can fruitfully be translated into
           more meaningful strategic CSR by:

               a. Designating a dedicated person or team to carrying CSR activities;

               b. Involving more people, both management and employees, in CSR;

               c. Agreeing on a budget at the start of the calendar year; and

               d. Incorporating     an    aspect   of    CSR    in   employee     induction     and
                   performance appraisal so as to promote employee initiatives in CSR.

       ♦   Private companies may partner up with NGOs in their CSR activities, and
           strategise about such partnerships by :

               a. Agreeing on a set of criteria for potential partnership;

                  b. Establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) for each project so as
                     to be able to monitor performance;

                  c. Communicating more about their past and forthcoming CSR activities
                     – this may attract eligible NGOs; and

                  d. Establishing a partnership charter so as to establish the roles,
                     responsibilities of each party for more accountability and better
                     coordination of effort.

Proposed mechanism

The coordination of CSR initiatives requires instituting some kind of formal or informal
body as facilitator or assigning the responsibility to an existing representating body of
the private sector.     The Joint Economic Council (JEC), “the coordinating body of the
private sector in Mauritius”, regroups the main business organisations of the country:

       ♦   Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

       ♦   Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture;

       ♦   Mauritius Employers’ Federation;

       ♦   Mauritius Sugar Producers’ Association;

       ♦   Mauritius Export Processing Zone Association;

       ♦   Mauritius Bankers’ Association;

       ♦   Mauritius Insurers’ Association

       ♦   Asociation des Hôteliers et Restaurateurs de l’île Maurice ; and

       ♦   Association of Mauritian Manufacturers.

The JEC qualifies as an appropriate organisation to take on the CSR promoter

8.3.3 Government initiatives
The Government plays a vital role in CSR. According to Peter Vass “governments have
to take overall responsibility for ensuring that conduct failures - whether market or
non-market failures - are regulated appropriately, taking account of each of the three
pillars of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental pillars.”
Other schools of thought preach that governments should do nothing and allow market
forces to dictate the world and national order.        A World Bank report on CSR has
identified four roles for governments (Fox, Ward, & Howard, 2002): mandating,
facilitating, partnering and endorsing.        The report also identifies ten government
activity areas to support CSR:

         ♦   Setting and ensuring compliance with minimum standards;

         ♦   Public policy role of business;

         ♦   Corporate governance;

         ♦   Responsible investment, philanthropy and community development;

         ♦   Stakeholder engagement and representation;

         ♦   Pro-CSR production and consumption;

         ♦   Pro-CSR certification, “beyond compliance” standards and management

         ♦   Pro-CSR reporting and transparency; and

         ♦   Multilateral processes, guidelines and conventions.

In the Mauritian context, the intervention of the government could have a three-tier

         ♦   Regulation and legislation;

         ♦   Non-regulatory activitism; and

         ♦   Best practice demonstration.

Regulation and legislation (mandating)

The Government already possesses various legislative instruments that regulate
corporate behaviour in most, if not all, areas that are focal points of CRS agenda, such
as the environment, education, health and safety, labour, industrial laws amongst
others. The need for more regulation of corporate behaviour is caught in the debate of
voluntarism versus regulation.

Furthermore, “soft laws” bring in additional, if not missing, regulation guiding private
sector practices and these soft laws include a myriad of national, regional and
international codes, conventions, directives, agreements and standards.

Please refer to Section 7 for more information.

One area that would promote the development of CSR is to improve accountability of
NGOs through new regulation as proposed in the Assessment Report of the legal and
Regulatory framework affecting NGOs in Mauritius.       Corporate sector representatives
interviewed would welcome a clearer legal framework that provides for more
accountability of NGOs across the board through introducing a public benefit status (or
minimum standards for governance, operation and reporting).

There are mixed views regarding tax incentives for donations to registered charitable
institutions which have been abolished.      The Financial Secretary has expressed the
view of the Government in that, despite the abolishment of this incentive, with the
recent introduction of a lower corporate tax rate, companies have more to spend. As
such, for the Government this measure should not be interpreted as a deterrent to
CSR.   However, almost 70% of companies surveyed reported that a revision of the
actual tax policy would encourage them to increase their CSR activities. In addition,
30% of companies have stated that the Government assistance should be in terms of
fiscal incentives.

We would tend to agree that the prevailing low tax rate for the both individuals and
corporate should counter balance the abolishment of previous tax incentives and
therefore the interventions in CSR should not be tax incentive driven.

Non-regulatory activities (facilitating and partnering)

The survey and discussions with stakeholders have revealed that CSR should remain as
a voluntary activity. The government can however, and in fact should, limit its role to
being a facilitator in supporting the development of CSR.        The British government’s
approach may be one of the best example of non-regulatory activism model with the
following public policy framework:

       ♦   Ensure coordination of CSR and corporate citizenship policies and activities
           across the whole of government;

       ♦   Raise the profile of CSR and corporate citizenship;

       ♦   Promote the link between corporate citizenship and productivity;

       ♦   Assist in the development of CSR and corporate citizenship skills through the
           provision of education and training;

       ♦   Assist smaller and medium sized firms apply corporate citizenship practices;

       ♦   Fund research into corporate citizenship; and

       ♦   Create a range of “soft” or “enabling” legislation of relevance to corporate

Activities which may promote CSR include:

       ♦   Having recourse to key resource persons facilitating working sessions aimed
           at corporate leaders. The 3-day (26-28 October 2007) training sessions on
           CSR by experts from Business of Social Responsibility from the U.S.
           provided a forum to stakeholders to share experiences on CSR design,
           getting   internal   commitment    (from   top   management)    and   external

          commitment (other stakeholders), benefits reaped from CSR, challenges
          faced,   implementation   issues   including   monitoring   of   CSR   activities,
          amongst others;

      ♦   Organising telecast debates regrouping all stakeholders (e.g. Business
          Watch) or a series of documentaries on the subject;

      ♦   Encouraging targeted workshops by business groups (e.g. the various
          Chambers of Commerce, the Mauritius Banking Association, the Mauritius
          Employers Federation, the Joint Economic Council);

      ♦   Offering information resources to collect, exchange and disseminate best
          practices and tools on CSR – studies and reports , on a website devoted to
          the subject in the local context with the possibility of links to international
          websites for best practice and quick and easy benchmarking;

      ♦   Organising information and awareness campaign for a period of time long
          enough to allow stakeholders to appreciate the business case for CSR on a
          national level with heavy media coverage, and stakeholder participation;

      ♦   Producing CSR guides providing practical advice on how to introduce CSR in
          the organisation, from the vision to the action plan;

      ♦   Introducing a module on CSR at degree-level courses at the University of
          Mauritius (as is the case for MBA programs). Young graduates joining the
          labour market may more easily start and implement CSR activities, or
          through their empirically researched ideas assist in improving such

      ♦   Introducing national awards for big companies and SMEs on CSR; and

      ♦   Encouraging researchers through grants to do more research, through their
          thesis, on CSR.

Best practice demonstration (endorsing)

The Government should “lead by example” and act as demonstrators of best practice in
corporate citizenship. For instance, the Government may:

      ♦   Adopt principles of triple bottom line reporting;

      ♦   Apply procurement and tender policies in all instances requiring same; and

      ♦   Promoting public-private partnerships (PPP) amongst others.

Advisory Body to Government

The Government could draw from such best practice and institute an advisory group to
oversee and promote CSR and providing the required framework to support multi-
stakeholder dialogues on the subject.        This advisory group could operate under the
aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, with experts from other relevant Ministries and
should establish the following:

       ♦   Its objectives – to promote CSR at corporate level, to assist and provide
           support in capacity building initiatives aimed at NGOs and private companies

       ♦   Its members; and

       ♦   Its activities.

The UK government has gone one step ahead by conferring the responsibility of CSR to
the Minister of State for Competitiveness and Consumer Affairs.

8.3.4 Reform at NGO level
Whilst this study has not surveyed NGOs, there have been multi-stakeholder
discussions whereby the major weaknesses and limitations of NGOs surfaced, albeit
from the corporate viewpoint. The survey itself revealed the following:

       ♦   Individuals responsible for CSR initiatives in companies can enumerate a
           select few NGOs at most (6).        This indicates that because of their lack of
           competences (how to communicate efficiently with modern means such as
           the internet and e-newsletters) and resources (human, financial and
           equipment),       NGOs   cannot   achieve   proper   communication   to    various
           stakeholders. This leads to a vast majority of NGOs being unknown.

       ♦   Rating the whole of civil society was difficult because the population is so
           big, there is so little information available on NGOs, these are not regulated,
           amongst others.      However, when prompted for such a rating, companies
           provided average ratings for all charateristics, showing a need for

               1. Aims and mandates of NGOs;

               2. Structure and organisation;

               3. Commitment and professionalism;

               4. Communication;

               5. Membership and quality of resources;

              6. Mobilisation of resources; and

              7. Performance towards goals.

       ♦   All of these dimensions are taken into consideration by companies when
           they are solicited by NGOs for funding or partnerships.

The NGO sector should imperatively reform itself. The logical step would be a review
of civil society in Mauritius.   The following recommendations are based on views
opiniated by Corporate Mauritius and limited consultation with NGOs.

Capacity building

The greatest need that was revealed during the research for this project was to build
the capacity of NGOs so as to become more reliable partners for the corporate (as well
as the government) sector. NGOs need support to develop in several fronts but from
the point of view of intersectoral cooperation, their most urgent needs include:

       ♦   On the attitude level: to develop a deeper and more holistic understanding
           of social problems and possible responses; to move away from the “charity”
           approach of helping beneficiaries to a “social change” approach of
           empowering beneficiaries to take their lives into their own hands.

       ♦   On the skill level:

              - Increasing their capacity to fundraise (e.g. write a grant proposal);

              - Project development and project management;

              - Developing their financial management systems;

              - Communication skills; and

              - Reporting and other accountability mechanisms.

       ♦   On the knowledge level: more up-to-date knowledge in professional
           development they are concerned with (strongly related to the above two
           levels as well).

In terms of how this capacity building can be implemented, there are several
interconnected ways:

       ♦   some companies interviewed are doing such capacity building already for
           the NGOs they choose to work with (e.g., helping them develop grant
           proposals or reports);

       ♦   the UNDP and other international actors may take on this task within their
           range of competence;

       ♦   MACOSS is engaged in capacity building for NGOs though not at the level
           that would be demanded based on the sheer volume of the needs of the

       ♦   There are some NGOs already who possess one or another skill mentioned
           above and who could serve as a resource for others; and

       ♦   In addition, as in other countries, the government could consider to embark
           on an NGO capacity building program, which if properly designed could lead
           to great and measurable benefits in the ability of NGOs to cater for social
           problems as partners to the corporate sector and to the government.

Networking of NGOs

The multitude of NGOs in Mauritius could be more effective if organised in various
networks and federations so as to avoid fragmented efforts and goal incongruence.
Such networks are usually developed on the basis of thematic response. The rationale
for this network approach is that grouping allows:

       ♦   Rationalising resource utilisation and improve projects' complementarity
           while reducing intervention overlap by ensuring coordination amongst the
           various counterparts through joint programming;

       ♦   Extending target population reach by supporting activities of multiple
           community-based NGOs;

       ♦   Building management capacity and allowing organisational development;

       ♦   Sensitising community/national leaders in the Government and private
           sector about the social issues, their aims and mandates and their specific

       ♦   Buying in active support from the government and private sector for their
           integrated network activities;

       ♦   Allowing information sharing, knowledge sharing on technical and policy

       ♦   Allowing joint formulation of sectoral/thematic strategies;

       ♦   Allowing promote implementation synergies by combining support and
           common services; and

       ♦   Allowing sharing of standards for self-regulation.

The major barriers to such network grouping are the unique program strategies of
individual NGOs, their specific organisational characteristics, their wish to retain a
certain level of autonomy and at time even rivalry.

Representation body, MACOSS

The umbrella organisation in Mauritius, the Mauritius Social Council (MACOSS), should
be proactive in trying to increase its affiliation from the current 220 (approximate)
member NGOs (the unofficial figure of some 6,000 civil society organisation (CSOs)
has been echoed regularly).       Alternately, MACOSS could encourage NGOs to initiate
networks and build bottom-up representation. The MACOSS has already classified its
existing members into the following 16 categories:

       ♦   Advocacy;

       ♦   Children;

       ♦   Community development;

       ♦   Disabled;

       ♦   Education;

       ♦   Elderly;

       ♦   Environment and sustainable development;

       ♦   Gender and family;

       ♦   Health and quality of life;

       ♦   Material help and support;

       ♦   Natural and other disasters;

       ♦   Poverty alleviation;

       ♦   Religious and cultural;

       ♦   Service clubs;

       ♦   Training and human resource development; and

       ♦   Youth.

Indeed, amongst its objectives, the MACOSS should:

       ♦   Assist in the planning and coordination of the activities of Member

       ♦   Organise workshops, seminars, conferences and training courses for
           voluntary social workers, personnel of voluntary organisations, non-
           governmental     organisations   and   professionals   to   strengthen    their
           organisational and managerial capabilities;

       ♦   Promote, encourage and undertake experimental work.

Several stakeholders interviewed asserted that MACOSS should aim to become more
effective in achieving its objectives.           E.g., it could rationalise efforts of NGOs on a
grouping basis and as mentioned above assist in their capacity building (project
proposal writing, financial management, project management, fund raising activities,
communications etc).

In addition, the existence of MACOSS should not deter other emerging networks from
organizing themselves into their own representational bodies and assist their members
in becoming better partners for the corporate and government sectors.

8.4       Joint partnership initiatives

There should be liaison and concerted efforts between the various stakeholders:
between Government and private sector, Government and NGO sector, private sector
and NGO sector. Such two-stakeholder dialogues and coordination allow a better focus
on specific needs of the stakeholders.

8.4.1 Government and private sector dialogue
Government and private sector, through the Advisory Body and the JEC, should engage
in exploring opportunities to encourage more CSR. Two of JEC’s main objectives are:

          ♦   to provide for joint consultation among the various organisations of the
              Private Sector; and

          ♦   to liaise with Government and other bodies on matters relating to the socio-
              economic development of Mauritius;

In addition, there already exist formal and informal mechanisms of interaction between
the two stakeholders:

 Formal                                                Informal

      ♦   Government/JEC meetings                        ♦   Regular meetings between Private Sector
      ♦   Tripartite wage negotiations Proposals for         organisations and relevant Ministries on
          the National Budget                                sectoral issues
      ♦   Representation in a number of committees       ♦   Joint promotional activities
                                                         ♦   Ad-hoc committees

CSR could be taken in the agenda of the JEC as a major business endeavour to
contribute to the socioeconomic development of Mauritius.

8.4.2 Private sector and NGO sector dialogue
The private sector and the civil society, through the JEC and the MACOSS and other
stakeholder groupings, should explore:

         ♦     The funding support for projects and/or overheads private sector can
               provide to NGOs; and

         ♦     The technical assistance NGOs can provide to companies in project

Such mutual assistance may take the form of partnerships as follows:

                        1. NGOs as Consultant partnership model


     ♦       NGO is contracted for identifying target group needs, project concept development, and
             technologies transfer.


     ♦       There is efficient delivery of company’s CSR programs whilst at the same time the ability to
             focus on business activities.

     ♦       The project(s) impacts(impact) on targeted groups, aptly identified by NGOs.

     ♦       Such partnership contributes to the fund generation activities of NGOs, should the NGO service
             delivery be contractual and remunerated.


     ♦       The efficiency of the program would depend on the professionalism of the NGO.

     ♦       Credit for the projects may be wholly taken by the NGOs so that the company(nies) do not
             benefit from enhanced image in the external communities.

                         2. NGOs as Project Manager partnership model


        ♦     The management of the project is outsourced to an NGO, based on its sectoral expertise, aims
              and mandates and principles.


        ♦     Both the private sector and the NGO focus on their competitive advantage.

        ♦     The partnership allows efficient deployment of resources.

        ♦     The project(s) impacts(impact) on targeted groups, aptly identified by NGOs.

        ♦     Such partnership contributes to the fund generation activities of NGOs, should the NGO service
              delivery be contractual and remunerated.

        ♦     Both the company and the NGO gain recognition for service rendered in the external


        ♦     Efficiency of programs is dependent on the professionalism of the NGO and all resource
              limitation at NGO level will impact directly on efficiency of project implementation.

                         3. NGOs as Strategic Partners partnership model


    ♦       A working group including NGO staff members and representatives from the private sector is

    ♦       These groups work on concept development and/or project implementation.

    ♦       The group may include government at least on the local level.


    ♦       Both the private sector and the NGO focus on their competitive advantage.

    ♦       The partnership allows efficient deployment of resources.

    ♦       Large-scale projects can be implemented when more than one player from the private sector
            team up.


    ♦       The working group may lack structure and roles and responsibilities may not be explicitly spelt
            out so that the partnership may suffer.

    ♦       The role of the government is limited.

4. Other innovative forms of corporate –NGO partnerships:

   - Payroll giving – initiatives when the employees agree that a
   small part of their salary will be directed by the company to an
   NGO. Examples United Way and the Save the Children (UK).

   -      Employee   volunteering   programs      –   when   the     company
   organises volunteer involvement for its employees with an NGO,
   usually some kind of event which is fun and helping at the same
   time (cleaning the beach, painting the school etc.).              Western
   Power in Australia teams up with the National Heritage Trust in a
   volunteer-based revegetation project, with more than 1500
   volunteers planting native tree and shrub seedlings.             Under the
   Leadership Fellows programme, Cisco, the US technology group,
   is sponsoring employees who live in Louisiana and Mississippi to
   work on a 21st Century Schools initiative that is rebuilding and
   improving educational institutions in areas that were affected by
   Hurricane Katrina.

   - Secondment – when the company sends usually a senior or
   middle manager to help an NGO, e.g. to improve communications
   or financial management of the NGO, or just to help out with its
   work depending on skills and interest. Vodafone developed a
   whole program around this called World of Difference and they
   implemented it in several countries. Already one hour per week
   can already be of big help to an NGO but the World of Difference
   program even funds a Vodafone employee being “deployed” to an
   NGO for six months to a whole year to help the NGO develop and
   strengthen its capacities.

   - Cause related marketing – when the company co-brands a
   product with an NGO and a (small) percentage of each product
   sold goes to the NGO. One example of cause-marketing would be
   the partnership of Yoplait's "Save Lids to Save Lives" campaign in
   support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The
   company      packages    specific   products   with   a   pink    lid   that
   consumers turn in, and in turn Yoplait donates 10 cents for each

                     - Corporate collections – similar to the previous but even more
                     flexible - the company actively promotes the NGO either through
                     its regular services or in other ways and sometimes even matches
                     the funds collected. E.g., in Hungary T-Com (Deutsche Telecom
                     owned Hungarian phone company) provides a fundraising hotline
                     to NGOs throughout the year, each selected NGO gets two
                     months and during those two months T-Com actively promotes
                     them to its clients to call in.   Similar campaigns are done to
                     prompt people to send text messages to raise funds for NGOs.
                     Or in another example, Tesco awards the “Charity of the Year”
                     each year with a serious amount of money based on the votes of
                     its employees (they do this locally and nationally as well). Or we
                     can mention the British Airways “Good for Change” campaign
                     when they collect the left-over coins and small change from
                     passengers on-board to help UNICEF.

                     - Joint project implementation – similar to the “strategic
                     partnership” model. A very good example for this internationally
                     is the Citigroup – Junior Achievement cooperation, who have
                     been working together for years to design and implement training
                     of children and young adults in life-management, financial
                     management, enterprise development etc.         In every country
                     where this is run, JA organizes it and local Citigroup companies
                     provide not only financial support but also teaching expertise as

8.4.3 Government and NGO sector dialogue
Government and civil society, through the Advisory Body and the MACOSS, should
engage in exploring opportunities for provision of funds and subsidies and/or capacity
building support by Government.

8.5   Towards a three-sector partnership model

A three-tier approach is suggested for this three-sector partnership model.

First, key actors in all three sectors should build on existing good practice and boost
the potential of already established initiatives to advance three sector partnership. A
case in point is the Empowerment Programme, which was initiated by the government
to create employment and bring social justice but both other sectors are increasingly
involved in its operation. Within the Empowerment Programme there is a chance to
further explore and encourage solutions based on three sector partnership, not just

two-way engagements as is the current trend (i.e. the government making separate
partnerships with companies and with NGOs to realize the Fund’s goals).          A small
three-sector policy planning expert group could be set up and work out new methods
to help reach the objectives in implementing government policies.        One successful
existing partnership is the Zone d’Education Prioritaire which regroups the UNDP, the
Government of Mauritius (Ministry of Education and Human Resources) and private
sector companies to give special support and compensatory education in schools in
deprived and underprivileged localities, caters for the special needs of the pupils, and
includes the provision of a midday meal of bread, cheese and fruit/juice to every pupil,
This approach could be applied to other initiatives as well.

Second, the stakeholders may adopt an informal Policy Round Table approach as a
self-initiated platform for stakeholders from the three sectors to undertake joint policy
planning and implementation. Its work would be aimed at one priority area (at least
initially) to be determined by the participants, a more concrete area where reform is
needed and where the actors can deliver tangible results. (However, it would likely
address an issue outside the competence of the Empowerment Programme, such as
education, housing or extreme poverty.) The group would then determine the need for
research and needs assessment in this area; take part in conducting or commissioning
the research; and based on the data would devise strategies involving all three sectors
to address the identified root problems. The “division of work” would not necessarily
resort to the classic roles of the partners in relation to each other (i.e. government =
regulator, company = funder, NGO = project implementer) but could also result in
innovative and efficient public policies that involve ongoing cooperation and build on
the respective strengths of each sector.       (See the examples above on strategic

The group could over time decide to become more formalised but could also be in
existence only for the duration of successful delivery of its concrete objectives. The
group would of course set up its own internal modus operandi, elect its leadership etc.,
but with considerably less cost and bureaucracy than a permanent, government
endorsed structure.

Third, a Body with a clear Charter enabling the three-sector partnership, may be
instituted to provide a forum for the three-sector participatory process whereby the
private sector, the NGO sector and the Government can meet to discuss about
economic and social opportunities and issues, and address national development
challenges. The Charter will clarify in detail the membership of the Body, its mission,
its specific objectives, the modus operandi, the various roles and responsibilities,
reporting duties, and donor and NGO review mechanisms.

                                                      ♦   Needs focus on:
                                                 1. Finding competent partners                        Key mechanisms:
Key mechanisms:                                     in the private sector and NGO                     1.   Funds and subsidie
   1. IRS                 JEC                                   sector;                               2.   Registration
   2. Corporate                                 2. achieving more transparency                             Accountability
       Governance code                               and efficiency in its relations                       regulations
   3. tax incentives?                                       to its partners                           3.   Capacity building
                                                                                                MACOSS     support

                  PRIVATE SECTOR                         Policy Round                      NGO SECTOR
                   ♦    Needs focus on:                      Table                       ♦   Needs focus on:
               o Assistance in CSR design and                                         o Capacity strengthening in
                 implementation especially in                                          organizational development,
                  extending the CSR culture                                            communication, fund raising
                  beyond the top level of the                                                and partnership
                         organization                                              o increased accountability (vision
               o Finding more information on                                                   and results)
                 NGOs and more accountable                                          o coordination, networking and
                         NGO partners                                                         self-regulation
                       o Coordination

                                                Key mechanisms:
                                                   1. Funding support, support for
                                                   2. Technical assistance in
                                                   3. Pooling of funds

    8.5.1 Mission
    The mission of the Body would be to provide a forum for policy dialogue and a
    framework to coordinate three-sector participatory activities for addressing national
    development challenges.

    8.5.2 Membership
    The Body would be made up of the following members:

           ♦    Representatives from the Ministries;

           ♦    Representatives from the private sector; and

           ♦    Representatives from the civil society.

    Issues which may have to be addressed with respect to membership areas are as

           ♦    Representation of the private sector may be worked out faster and more
                easily than representation of the civil society.

       ♦    Another issue pertaining to membership may be the chairing or co-chairing
            responsibility. It is recommended that an independent person, trusted and
            respected by each stakeholder, chair the Body.

8.5.3 Specific objectives
The specific objectives of the Body would be to:

       ♦    Engage in policy dialogue on broad issues pertaining to sustainable national

       ♦    Capacity development for all stakeholders;

       ♦    Identify and prioritise social projects and issues for tripartite action;

       ♦    Identify and seek funding; and

       ♦    Finance social projects.

8.5.4 The modus operandi
Structure and operations

We propose the following structure for the Body:

                                       Executive Committee

                                         Secretary General

   Administration – Liaison,       Operations – Research and              Support staff
       Documentation                        Finance

       ♦    The Executive Committee should consist of representatives from all three

                a. Representatives from the Advisory Group;

                b. Representatives from the JEC; and

                c. Representatives from NGOs.

       ♦    A Secretary General, Administration staff, Operations staff and support staff
            will have to be recruited.

CSR project initiation

The three-sector partnership would identify social issues and draw up a list of priority
areas for intervention.

Project selection criteria will be established, and these may include:

       ♦   Whether the area of intervention is a priority area or not;

       ♦   The credibility of the NGO;

       ♦   The targeted beneficiary group;

       ♦   The fund required;

       ♦   The project proposal, with milestones for project monitoring and post
           project review;

       ♦   The amount of funds brought in by the NGO; etc

       ♦   The Body will evaluate various projects for part or full funding.       A Project
           Evaluation     Commission   may   be   designated   to   evaluate    the   project

Project funding

The Body may select any of two modes of funding project:

       ♦   Proceeding by a call of funds as and when required. The advantage of this
           approach is that funds are collected only when required so that there should
           be fund administration only (no fund management issues).            However, the
           major disadvantage of this approach is that should many projects get
           approved simultaneously, the amount of funds that need to be collected
           may be colossal.

       ♦   Adopting a pooling of funds approach. Private companies contribute a set
           percentage of their profits to the fund.     These funds are then applied to
           approved projects.    This approach would require the management of the
           funds to optimise cash flows. The major disadvantage of pooling of funds
           might be the lack of trust shown by private sector firms.           Another issue
           would be the selection of the fund manager. However, the main advantage
           would be to have a large fund available for many small scale projects or
           larger projects.

The Body may adopt the call of funds during the initial phase, and once trust has been
built and instilled move to a pooling of funds phase.

Monitoring and review mechanism

During the survey, clear signals were obtained that transparency and credibility at the
NGO level were a major concern for private companies. Transparency can be ensured

       ♦   For operations at the Body level, an independent body

       ♦   Auditing the accounts of the Body;

       ♦   Ascertaining that appropriate books of records, proper voucher system and
           relevant authorities have been obtained before payment and whether funds
           allocated have been judiciously utilised;

       ♦   Monitoring financial, human and technical resources with a view to evaluate
           whether funds allocated have been judiciously utilised.

       ♦   Training and supporting NGOs to improve their practices in reporting;

       ♦   For specific projects implemented by NGOs, a resource person from the

       ♦   Assessing the cost effectiveness of the projects and identifying possible
           constraints that could impede implementation (prior to disbursement, this
           may be carried out during project evaluation phase);

       ♦   Ascertaining whether projects are being implemented in accordance with the
           agreement between the Body and the NGO (during project implementation);

       ♦   Identifying     strengths    and   weaknesses        of      projects   and    making
           recommendations (post implementation).

Enabling Body

Initially, pending the instituting of the Body and finalisation of its Charter, the NESC
can provide a temporary platform for the three-sector partnership given its mission
and objects.

The NESC’s mission is to:

       ♦   promote dialogue as a means to achieving consensus for social integration
           to keep pace with economic development; and

       ♦   express   its    opinions    and   make        appropriate     recommendations      to
           Government,      for   the   promotion    of    social    integration   and   national

Furthermore, the major functions of the Council are to:

          ♦   undertake studies on socio-economic issues of national importance;

          ♦   build consensus through a permanent and sustained social dialogue for a
              greater participation of civil society in the democratic process with the aim
              of ensuring that social harmony keeps pace with economic development;

          ♦   formulate its opinions and make recommendations to Government regarding
              economic and social policies;

          ♦   undertake such studies as it deems fit and give its opinions and

          ♦   examine and express opinions on any proposed legislation; and

          ♦   promote industrial relations at large to ensure social harmony.

The NESC already has in place a Secretariat and a research team, as well as a
commission for economic affairs, a commission for infrastructure, physical resources,
environment and sustainable development and a commission for social affairs and
human resource development.

8.6       The Rodrigues case

The policy framework approach with representatives of all three stakeholders to
promote, encourage, facilitate and support CSR initiatives within a broader social and
economic integration so as to address national development challenges is valid in
Rodrigues as well, with a different implementation though, given the specificities of the

The specificities of Rodrigues

          ♦   A small economy, a small close-knit business community, and a small civil

          ♦   Limited resources, both infrastructural and human;

          ♦   Difficult communication;

          ♦   Different areas of partnership from those identified in Mauritius;

The reform at individual sector level highlighted in Sections 8.3.2 (Private sector
initiatives), 8.3.3 (Government initiatives), and 8.3.4 (Reform at NGO level) are valid
and applicable in Rodrigues as well:

        ♦   More coordinated and concerted CSR actions leading to rationalisation of
            resource     utilisation       and   better    projects’   complementarity,      reduced
            intervention overlap;

        ♦   Adoption of a strategic approach to implementing CSR by the private sector
            with private companies mainstreaming CSR in management practice;

        ♦   More facilitation by the Government though the various Commissions in

                   Arts and Culture

                   Social Security

                   Education and Training

                   Youth and Sports

                   Health and Others

        ♦   Capacity building of NGOs at the attitude level, skill level and knowledge
            level; and

        ♦   Networking of NGOs leading to rationalisation of resource utilisation and
            projects’ synergy, reduced intervention overlap.

Two sector partnerships can also be applied in Rodrigues as highlighted in Section 8.4.

Three sector partnership

Given   the   small    size     of   the    island   and   the   close-knit   communities,    formal
representation at individual sector level would require rigid structures and deployment
of resources. A more informal approach may be warranted in Rodrigues, with regular
tripartite partnership working sessions to serve as a forum for discussion, experience
sharing,    and   need        identification,    coordination    in    project   development    and
implementation, and role sharing.             Recommended informal representation may take
the following form:

        ♦   NGOs represented by the Rodrigues Council of Social Service (which should
            aim to identify, classify, register and support NGOs in Rodrigues);

        ♦   Private sector represented by one representative from a large company and
            one from a SME; and

        ♦   Government representatives from the different Commissions to attend
            meetings as appropriate.


          It is recommended that specialists from Mauritius facilitate the tripartite partnership
          initially, and chart out a capacity building plan specifically for Rodrigues during regular
          missions to the island. It is specifically recommended that the specialists be those who
          have been engaged and active in the Mauritian context. The specialists would support
          and train interested parties from all three sectors. Eventually, the tripartite partnership
          would function as an independent cell in Rodrigues.

                       Facilitator role
                            1. Facilitates:
                       - project development: based on needs assessment findings of NGOs, provide
                       assistance in developing an action plan and/or assist in matching NGOs needs
                       with privates sector CSR initiatives
                       - project implementation: assist NGOs and private sector to implement projects
                       in selected thematic areas

Support role                                                                              Implementer role
   1. Design CSR strategies                                                                  1. Engage in needs
       and initiatives to                                                                       assessment
       contribute to                                                                         2. Seek appropriate
       development                                                                              support from private
       challenges                 Private Sector                            NGO sector          sector
   2. Assist NGOs to                                                                         3. Manage and
       implement projects                                                                       implement projects
       approved by relevant
       parties in various ways
       (Section 8.4.2)
   3. Assist NGOs by
       building capacity

9     Thematic areas of potential partnerships


The survey has revealed the following:

      ♦    Corporate Mauritius intervenes in a number of areas for CSR activities.
           Popular   thematic   areas   are:   education,   health   and   quality    of   life,
           environment and sustainable development, poverty alleviation, community
           development and sports.

      ♦    There is general lack of information (about the area of focus, about NGOs
           activies in such areas, government assistance in such areas, etc). The more
           companies wish to intervene in one area, the greater the lack of information
           they face.   The two main areas where companies have reported lack of
           information are education and environment and quality of life.

      ♦    Companies have demonstrated interest in partnering up with other
           stakeholders in the future in a number of thematic areas among which the
           following come first: education, environment and sustainable development,
           health and quality of life, poverty alleviation and community development. .

                                    Thematic areas - current areas of intervention, areas where there is a lack of information and areas of potential




% of companies

                 25%                                                                                                                                   24%

                                                                                                                21% 21%                                              21%                                                                 21%

                 20%                                                                                                                                                                                                   19%

                                                           14%                                                                                                                                                                                 14%
                                                    13%                                                             13%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 13%

                 10%                                                                               8%                                                                                                                                                                                                                           8%
                                                       6%                                                                                         6%                                                                       6%                                                                             6%                                                              6%6%
                       5%          5%   5%                                     5%                                                                             5%                                   5%                                                                                                5%
                 5%                                                                                                                                                                       3%                                                                                 3%             3%        3%                             3%
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              resource development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Religious and cultural

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drugs and alcohol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Poverty alleviation

                                                                                                                                                       Health and quality of
                                                                                                               Environment and

                                                                                                                                                                               Material help and

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Natural and other

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Animal welfare

                                                                                                                                  Gender and family


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Training and human


                                                                                                                                                                Thematic areas

                                                           Current areas of intervention                                   Areas where there is a lack of information                                                                                                     Areas of potential partnership

       ♦   Large organisations carry out philanthropy in the following areas: health and
           safety, education, and community (mainly sports).

       ♦   Sponsorship by large companies are mainly in sports and education.

       ♦   For SMEs, priority areas are:

                a. Priority areas for philanthropy are community, education, poverty,
                   religious activities, environment and social flaws (drug, alcohol, etc);

                b. Priority areas for sponsorship are sports, community, and religious

                c. Areas where SMEs lack information are education, environment and

                d. Areas of potential partnership are education, poverty, and health.

       ♦   In   Rodrigues,       the   companies   conduct   philanthropic   and   sponsorship
           activities in the following areas: environment, education, sports, poverty
           and health.

       ♦   Areas of potential partnership include: education, environment, health,
           teenage pregnancy, health, leisure.

Immediate actions

Immediate actions with respect to a matching of areas of CSR interest reported by
companies to the needs of NGOs (matching demand and supply) could be envisaged
pending the elaboration of the three-sector partnership model as developed in Section
8.5.   This may be carried out during the next national workshop where companies
would meet with relevant NGOs. The survey has clearly indicated that the four areas
in which companies, large and small, have shown the utmost interest are:

                          1. Education;
                          2. Environment;
                          3. Health and quality of life; and
                          4. Poverty alleviation.

The Rodrigues Case

During the first mission of the specialist in Rodrigues, there could be a national
workshop to match private sector initiatives and areas of interest and NGOs’ sector of
intervention. This “demand and supply” matching would allow a number of significant

partnerships to take form and bear fruitful projects.   Three major thematic areas of
interest have been noted as follows:

                 1. Social ills – teenage pregnancy,       juvenile
                    delinquency, alcoholism;
                 2. Health (lack of doctors, equipment, pharmacy)
                    and quality of life (water supply); and
                 3. Education (lack of teachers)

10     Conclusion

CSR is not embedded in the corporate culture in Mauritius. It has yet to be integrated
in mainstream management whereby private sector firms adopt a strategic approach to
CSR from policy making to implementation to resource allocation.         However, recent
corporate undertakings show the increasing awareness about the concept and
relevance and applicability of CSR to address national development challenges and the
gradual engagement in CSR. For CSR to become the national development tool, it is
important that coordinated and concerted efforts be undertaken at the private sector
level, in the civil society and at government level. This will allow rationalising resource
utilisation, reduce intervention overlap and facilitate information and experience
sharing. Partnerships, whether at a two sector level or a three sector level should be
well thought out.

A myriad of two-sector partnership models exist which can adopted immediately at the
following levels:

     1. Government and private sector level – exploring opportunities to encourage
        more CSR to contribute to the national socio-economic development;

     2. Private sector and NGO level – exploring the following

            a. funding support for projects and or overheads of NGOs, with NGOs as
                 Consultant for thematic areas, NGOs as Project Manager for specific
                 projects, or NGOs as Strategic Partner for long term joint project

            b. payroll giving;

            c. employee (of private firms) volunteering programs;

            d. secondment in private firms;

            e. cause related marketing; and

            f.   corporate collections.

     3. Government and NGO level – explore opportunities for provision of funds and
        subsidies and capacity building support by Government.

A three phased approach is recommended to implement three sector partnership
bringing together the Government, the private sector and NGOs .

Firstly, the three players should build on existing good practices and boost the
potential of already establish initiatives to advance three sector partnership.

Secondly, the players may engage in a self-initiated platform and adopt an informal
policy round table and focus on one theme at a time.

Thirdly, the three sectors should institute a three-sector partnership model based on
sound representation and should aim at group synergy It is recommended that a
private-sector-driven body with representatives from the three sectors be set up to
promote CSR. It is also recommended that the NESC be designated temporarily as the
body with this responsibility initially, pending the institution of the more permanent
body to oversee CSR.


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