4 CSR AND NON-FINANCIAL INFORMATION - Attracting, developing and retaining talents
FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION: EASIGAS IS AWARDED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CERTIFICATION The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment or BBBEE was first implemented in South Africa in 2003. Its primary purpose is to establish a legislative framework for the promotion of black economic empowerment geared to redress some of the inequality and injustices wrought by apartheid. It is essentially a strategy to stimulate further economic growth and create employment, targeting the South African economy's weakest point: inequality. In 2019, Easigas achieved a Level 1 BBBEE rating which is the highest score obtainable and has clearly cemented our competitive advantage given that none of our competitors to date have attained this rating. There are 5 key pillars to BBBEE, namely, ownership, management control, skills development, enterprise & supplier development and socio-economic development. We take particular care to continually improve the working environment, ensuring appropriate management and control as well as working to ensure equality at work, objectives that are clearly supported by our targeted training and development actions. Over a period of 2 years, we took on 17 unemployed young people as apprentices. Three of them are now full-time employees of Easigas. In terms of enterprise and supplier development, our procurement strategy focuses in qualifying and supporting a vendor pool which is supportive of our BBBEE objectives. Easigas’ further long-term initiative is to support previously disadvantaged businesses through mutually beneficial partnerships.
The ongoing work undertaken by the Of Soul and Joy program (see section 184.108.40.206) supports the socio-economic pillar of the BBBEE scorecard. Not only is the contribution from Rubis Mécénat impacting the South African landscape, independent initiatives managed by Easigas further ensure that the essence of BBBEE is entrenched in the company’s strategies and initiatives. Easigas is proud of this Level 1 BBBEE rating achievement and this was celebrated across the organization. This demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to transformation, employee upskilling and supporting various stakeholders in order to embody the spirit of the BBBEE legislation and growth within the South African economy. This Level 1 also provides opportunities as the BBBEE rating is becoming increasingly important in maintaining and winning new businesses in South Africa. Erika Da Cruz Human Resources Manager Easigas