The Smollan Group has enhanced its BBBEE status to that of a Level Four contributor and now ranks 13th when compared with the top 200 listed companies in South Africa. The group improved its score across the board and made particular progress in procurement and enterprise development.
During the past year, we made a significant effort to continue with the transformation of our business and to operate as a conscious and committed corporate citizen, says Doug Smollan, chairman and CEO.
Diversity, broad-based economic empowerment and sustainable transformation remain key strategic thrusts for our business. We have always been a business that is passionate about South Africa and we will continue to play our part in its bright future.
Employees retain true equity ownership through Tshimedzwa Investment Holdings, which is majority-owned and controlled by the groups Employee Trust. The groups board of seven directors includes two senior black executives and two black non-executive directors.
We continue to focus our efforts on building diversity at senior and middle management levels through career pathing, training and development and retention-targeted incentives, says Smollan.
The Smollan Groups Centre for Learning and Development has completed over 700 learnerships, with another 560 currently in progress. It also trains in excess of 10 000 people annually on work and life skills. The group also continually and proactively targets its supplier base to reflect the dynamics of the South African business demographic and has made meaningful strides in that area.
Suppliers are evaluated in terms of their BBBEE status, size and service delivery and preference is given to those that are appropriately BBBEE-compliant, says Smollan.
With the funding and start-up of Smollan Talent Solutions, a black-owned training and placement agency, the group has also made significant strides in enterprise development. Smollan has always been active in socio-economic development and has assisted several organisations dealing with community issues such as HIV/Aids and disabilities.
Among those are:
- Nokuphila Community Services, a non-profit organisation in the Kwa-Thema township that provides home-based care and support for people and families living with HIV/Aids, as well as after-care support services for orphans and vulnerable children;
- Eyethu School for Disabled Children in Soweto, which provides schooling and day care support services for physically and mentally disabled children between the ages of two and 12;
- Maboloko HIV & AIDS Centre in Brits peri-urban township, which offers a youth education and development centre and a hospice for HIV/Aids patients; and
- Christ Church Christian Centre, an orphanage situated in Hillbrow, focused on the holistic care of abandoned children and those affected by and infected with HIV/Aids.