The South African MNC Database is an online resource developed to support the efforts of worker organisations in influencing corporate governance. The database provides financial, operational and governance information on 91 South African MNCs operating across Africa.
As part of the project, we produce the Annual MNC Trend Report, which analyses relevant trends and reveals the wage gap between executives and workers.
To ensure that the unions can engage companies on a strategic level, it's important for them to have a detailed understanding of the company itself - what some in the labour movement call strategic research.
The research should provide the unions with an analysis of ownership and control, the form of corporate governance, the company finances, its specific operations and specific geographical spread, its suppliers and consumers and how the company is located in the sector.
This analysis grounds unions' engagement in preparation for changing the company in a manner that incorporates workers' voices. Armed with the analysis, unions can also confidently form broader alliances with civil society to put further pressure on the company to conform to the international campaign for decent work for decent life.