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Remembering Nelson Mandela

December 6th, 2013

We would like to share this tribute to Nelson Mandela from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Nelson MandelaFriends,

Today the ICCR community mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, champion for
 equality and human rights, peacemaker and icon of hope for reconciliation and 
justice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and countrymen.

Forty-three years ago, witnessing the selfless struggle of Mandela and others
 who rejected the inequality and racism symbolized by the apartheid system,
 faith-based investors continents away were inspired to partner with the
 freedom movement by using their collective voice as shareholders to help 
bring economic pressure to bear against the South African government. It was 
in seeking the end of apartheid that ICCR first forged its beginning, and
 helped give birth to the shareholder advocacy movement as recalled in this 
podcast by one of ICCR’s founders, Paul Neuhauser.

Mandela’s quiet tenacity continues to give promise to the oppressed,
 enslaved, and exploited the world over and his legendary humility and
 commitment to genuine reconciliation are at the core of ICCR’s mission and 
always will be. With an estimated 21 million men, women and children 
worldwide still enslaved, we are united in our shared responsibility to
 continue to fight against injustice wherever and whenever we encounter it. This was Mandela’s lifelong message and his passing will not diminish its 
relevance in our world.

As Mandela said, “After climbing a great hill, one only finds many more to 
climb.” With his spirit to guide us, we will continue to bear witness,
to testify, to advocate and raise our voices for justice…we will continue 
the climb in his name.

Godspeed!

Laura Berry

Executive Director

On behalf of the grateful members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate
 Responsibility

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