2 Nov 2016

Royal HaskoningDHV in South Africa has achieved Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Level 2 status. This demonstrates Royal HaskoningDHV’s commitment to Enhance Society Together and provides continued recognition for the role the company plays in South African society.

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“We are honoured and proud to receive the certificate from this important programme that we have been aligned with for many years,” says Salani Sithole, Royal HaskoningDHV SA Managing Director. “We recognise it as a critical business imperative that creates employment opportunities for our future engineers. Our strategic intent is to benefit all our stakeholders and the communities we operate in and we are actively focused on transformation initiatives while practising good corporate governance and ethics.”

The BBBEE scorecard in South Africa is one of the key instruments used to enhance the economic participation of previously disadvantaged groups in society. Royal HaskoningDHV has long been committed to the initiative, which is a natural fit with the company’s ambition to Enhance Society Together. The company first gained Level 2 status in 2013. The certificate is valid for 1 year.

Initiatives that support this ambition include the Royal HaskoningDHV Education Foundation. The Foundation was developed to provide education initiatives supporting community schools and Corporate Social Responsibility activities in society. Saturday Schools, which operate from six Royal HaskoningDHV offices across South Africa, are an important part of this and have provided support for more than 1000 learners since inception. Members of staff give up their time on a Saturday to inspire and guide students towards much-needed engineering and technical careers.

To support young talent within the engineering industry, Royal HaskoningDHV has a Young Professionals Forum, Y-RHDHV. This group of upcoming young leaders shares experiences and inspires others to bring positive change to society. The so-called ‘Young Royals’ recently walked away with first prize in the Consulting Engineers South Africa Job Shadowing Initiative.

“From community acts of kindness to practical career development to the launch of our Brite Foundation as a vehicle for staff to give time and money to smaller CSI projects, the commitment to actively make a difference in the communities we work in is clear at every level of our company,” Salani Sithole concludes.