Transformation – a key requirement for sustainable growth

We view broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) as a key requirement for sustainable growth and social development in South Africa. We have long been committed to participating in the country’s transformation and development through our South African forestry and manufacturing operations.

In South Africa, where employment equity falls under broad- based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) legislation, our employee diversity profile is monitored quarterly by the South African lead team and discussed monthly at every business unit’s Equity Forum. Each human resources manager and hiring manager is required to recruit in accordance with the employment equity plan in place at their site.

We currently hold a level three BBBEE contributor rating. Management control and employment equity continue to be a focus for the business with targets being set for management linked to the performance bonus scheme.

In South Africa our diversity awareness roll-out has now been completed at most business units. In addition, an online diversity awareness training module is available on the Learning Management System (LMS) and all managers were assigned to complete this training.

SSA’s BBBEE performance against targets | Graph

Sappi Worker | Image