19 Oct 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV is proud to announce that the company has attained Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) accreditation making it the first engineering consultancy in South Africa to achieve this. 

Salani Sithole, Managing Director of Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa states, “Our journey to transforming our organisation to meet Government's socio-economic development plan for the benefit of all South Africans started over 10 years ago. This journey and our focus on developing a diverse organisation matching our country’s demographics has ultimately led to the attainment of Level 1 B-BBEE.”

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Inclusive economy

In attaining level 1 B-BBEE rating, Royal HaskoningDHV’s focus was not solely on compliance as their targets were already in line with government requirements. Sithole says, “We are proud to be an empowerment supplier taking the lead in the Infrastructure Development industry by assisting Government in achieving its goals of growing an inclusive economy”.

Sithole remarked that when the Construction Charter was repealed early in 2015 the company then followed the Generic Scorecard which has much stiffer targets. The Generic Scorecard includes seven B-BBEE elements. Royal HaskoningDHV placed particular focus on 4 of these elements namely, Management Control; Enterprise Development; Skills Development and Corporate Social Investment and appointed internal ‘owners’ within the company responsible for each of these areas in order to maintain focus and drive activity.

Upskilling emerging enterprises

Royal HaskoningDHV has been working at developing and upskilling emerging consulting enterprises and SMMEs for many years through Enterprise Development initiatives on a number of infrastructure development projects countrywide. The company has also developed an Enterprise Development Programme to drive this process.

Sithole comments, “Our focus has been on the top 20% of our suppliers where 80% of our revenue is spent to ensure that they have the correct certification and improvement plans in place. We are proud to have a number of Enterprise Development successes that include companies such as Shuma, Escongweni and iBonga Civils – who have grown to the point where we are now employed as sub-contractors to them!”

To read more about skills development at Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa, the Corporate Social Investments educational programmes, and management control, read the full story on our South African website.