Concargo supports and complies to employment equity guidelines as prescribed by the South African government. We believe in equality and fairness in the workplace and, to this end, drafted a policy to implement and maintain. Concargo's Employment Equity policy is dual-purpose: first and foremost, it covers the advancement (through training, education and skills development) of historically disadvantaged employees and, secondly, Concargo is committed to actively recruiting suitably qualified or skilled people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds as new positions become available. Ultimately, our aim is to have a workforce fully representative of the South African community, including gender equality and on all managerial levels. Skills development is furthermore an ongoing commitment.
We are aware of the government's recommendations on employment equity ratios and are addressing these issues within our company. In terms of our 'race' spread, we are currently on target and we are addressing the gender quota in our recruitment requirements for the new year.
Our skills development agenda for the period 2010 to 2015 is centered around 2 important criteria, namely:
Areas of training will be entry level computer courses for those of our staff that have no computer experience, and more specialised computer skills for staff that have basic computer knowledge. We will also be training certain members of our staff on the use of certain modules of our newly developed computer system.
Projects for the year will continue to focus on business skills transfer to black owned subcontractors with an emphasis on assisting in improvements in IT systems, the benefits of corporate social investment and more effective administration and accounting procedures.
Concargo believes that affirmative procurement is a valuable tool in developing and sustaining Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and its contribution towards the mainstream economy. Our Affirmative Procurement Guideline therefore seeks to ensure that, wherever possible, products and services are secured from companies or organisations that are partially or wholly-owned BEE enterprises, without compromising quality standards.
In order to effectively translate this policy into meaningful and practical action, we commit to a full analysis of our discretionary and non-discretionary expenditure by EmpowerDex, the BEE rating and research agency, which allows us to set effective BEE procurement targets and to monitor progress on an ongoing basis. We have already set a target of procuring at least 40% of our total discretionary spending from BEE suppliers; a target which is monitored and reviewed periodically.
Our company policy for 2010/15 is to make affirmative procurement an integral part of our supplier recruitment strategy. We are currently using a number of black owned businesses for the integral parts of our operational setup. We will continue to source black owned suppliers to assist us in our core business functions.
Corporate Social Investment
Whilst South Africa is rich in opportunities, the business sector has a responsibility to embrace and support initiatives that can help shape a prosperous future for our country and all its people. Through its Social Responsibility Policy, Concargo ensures that it contributes in a meaningful way towards meeting the social challenges facing our country.
We plan to be involved in a number of projects throughout the year which are dealt with in detail here: Corporate Social Investment.