CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A growing number of U.S. companies operating in South Africa are signing an anti-apartheid conduct code, the consulting firm of Arthur D. Little Inc. said today.
Since last October, between 20 and 25 new companies have signed the "Sullivan Principles," compared to nine the previous year, said D. Reid Weedon Jr., a senior vice president for the firm.
The Sullivan Principles call for an integrated work force and equal pay for equal work in South Africa, where at least 250 people have been killed in racial violence in the past year.
Weedon said nearly 150 U.S. firms doing business in South Africa have signed the code.
"I think a number of the companies are feeling the pressure of all the bills introduced in Congress, many of which propose to make the Sullivan Principles mandatory," Weedon said.