Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
Our success in this area is mapped out by a clearly defined BEE strategy
Odgers Berndtson South Africa is committed to growth of our team, our clients and our country. We are fully committed in supporting South Africa’s transformation agenda and appointing effective leaders who can support the country in reaching its full economic potential.
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (Act 53 of 2003) is a form of economic empowerment initiated by the South African government to enhance the economic participation of black people in the South African economy.
Our success in achieving certification as a level 4 B-BBEE contributor, in terms of the DTI Codes of Good Practice, was mapped out by a defined transformation strategy. We are committed to the implementation and improvement of all seven elements of the B-BBEE scorecard; however our focus has been on:
Along with offering direct investment to select investors, Odgers Berndtson South Africa has created an Employee Share Trust where Black Employees can participate. We have achieved Black Shareholding of 26.47% and Black Women Shareholding of 6.89%.
Odgers Berndtson South Africa is committed to growing and up-skilling their employees together with the next generation of South African leaders through education, training and development initiatives. Please contact Chania Stempowski if you would like to learn more about our internship and bursary programmes.
We successfully implemented the Odgers Berndtson South Africa Internship Programme for unemployed learners in 2015. This programme has been a huge success, and has enables us to identify up and coming talent for our business. We currently have three students participating in the programme between our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices.
We have instituted a Bursary Programme where Odgers Berndtson South Africa will support selected student(s) with the cost of their higher education. Our intention is to absorb the student into our business when they have complete their studies. There is a rigorous selection process which incorporates an individual interview, assessments and review, in order to ensure that the selected student will be a good fit for our company or our clients.
We are currently sponsoring two full time employees and two part time students at various levels of tertiary education.
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Supplier and Enterprise Development
Odgers Berndtson South Africa has invested in Black Owned Exempt Micro Enterprises (EME), as well as 100% Black Women Owned Exempt Micro Enterprises (EME). Through our financial contribution, mentoring, and guidance, we enable these emerging Black Entrants to participate meaningfully in the mainstream economy.
We are passionate about education and believe that through supporting education initiatives, we can help make a positive impact in empowering and developing communities. All our initiatives focus on the growth of people and as such, we chosen to partner with Partners for Possibility in supporting Tlakukani Primary School situated in Mamelodi, Pretoria.