SOUTH AFRICA: U.S. Raises for Blacks

U.S. companies that do business in South Africa have been under an unrelenting hailstorm of criticism from civil rights groups, labor unions, churchmen and Congressmen. Some critics have pressed the companies to pull out of the apartheid state altogether; others insist that they should remain and improve the lot of their nonwhite workers. Apparently the clamor has penetrated some important board rooms. At least 18 blue-chip corporations have sharply raised wages, fringe benefits and educational opportunities for black South Africans. And they accomplished these improvements with surprisingly little flak from the nation's segregationist establishment.

Polaroid, for example, now pays its...

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