Local community: SO1, SO9 - SO10

  • SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programmes.

    Integrated Report 2014:
    Corporate governance report 2014:

    Local engagement and support is the responsibility of each operation. However, structural social investment, supplier diversity and enterprise development programmes are co-ordinated at group level.

    All (100%) operations engage their local communities appropriately. Given the nature of the group's operations and urban locations, no single operation has a significant impact on local communities hence there is no requirement for business-related social or environmental impact assessments. 

    In terms of the group's Value Based Management approach, communities in which business units operate are our stakeholders and, as such, we are mindful of the value we create for those communities.

    Aspects of this value-creation include providing employment, paying rates and taxes, raising the profile of the community issues in need of redress and direct assistance through financial and other contributions. Principally, engagement is through local councils but, in many instances, community structures are engaged and employees are encouraged to participate in the work of local charities, schools and similar institutions/structures.

    Barloworld is committed to responsible corporate citizenship, including being responsive to the social welfare, socio-economic and enterprise development needs of the communities in which it does business, careful custodianship of the environment and efforts to address climate change. The group approaches these objectives from a moral and commercial perspective, founded on sound business acumen.

    In the course of its business, through extensive interactions, Barloworld engages with a wide range of stakeholders to understand their interests and concerns and to construct its value propositions based in large part on stakeholder input. The group seeks to provide leadership in society by encouraging its leaders to contribute to development challenges, to act as role models, and by helping to create the responsible leaders of the future.

    Efforts are made to understand social and socio-economic development needs and objectives and financial and in-kind contributions are made to appropriate initiatives centrally through the Barloworld Trust in South Africa, as well as through business units' direct CSI initiatives, based on a percentage of profits. In addition, individuals are encouraged to contribute time, skills and resources to local communities.

    Through the social investment initiatives of the Barloworld Trust, Barloworld has over many years sought strategic partnerships, synergies and innovations in public-service delivery that can be taken to scale by the public sector or the market.

    Through grants, networking, referrals and insistence on sound management practices, responsible governance and accountability, Barloworld endeavours to build capacity and sustainability in its development partners, where necessary. The group has invested R78 million in such initiatives over the past five years, of which R33 million was accredited socio-economic development (SED) spend in terms of the South African B-BBEE codes.

    The Barloworld Trust is mainly focussed on improving learner outcomes and facilitating access to education in South Africa.

    Through the Barloworld Trust, we invest millions in carefully selected interventions which address some of the foremost problems in South Africa society in a structured, systematic manner. This approach is underpinned by our strategic partnerships in civil society which deliver synergies and innovations in public-service delivery that can be developed to scale by the public sector or the market.

    Some of the Barloworld Trust's strategic investments include:

    1. For Systemic Change in Education

    Programme for Improving Learner Outcomes (PILO) is a large-scale programme of interventions at learner, teacher, HOD, principal, school management team, district official, provincial and national government levels with broad-based support to improve the quality of teaching and learning in public schools, with public sector, unions, NGO'S and business. Current initiatives are in Pinetown and uThungulu in KwaZulu Natal and Kuruman in Northern Cape
    For more information, see www.slideshare.net/Trialogue/mary-metcalfe-pilo-trialogue-28-may

    Bridge convenes / facilitates / manages the work of communities of practice to focus on key leverage points in the education system to create common purpose, peer support and trust amongst stakeholders, maximise resources, contribute to change at a systemic level and vertically link practices to policy creation and implementation.
    For more information, see www.bridge.org.za

    2. To support ECD or early childhood development which has, arguably, the highest return on investment in education

    Afrika Tikkun provides education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community centres and holistic development programmes, starting with high quality early childhood programmes which lay the development foundation for the next generation of young South Africans.
    For more information, see www.afrikatikkun.org

    Ikamva Labantu's programmes support the most vulnerable in society: orphans, vulnerable children and youth, young pre-school children in early childhood development centres and the aged in Western Cape townships.
    For more information, see www.ikamva.org

    3. To improve education outcomes in mathematics, science and English

    Independent Schools Association of SA Maths & English Programme provides scholarships to middle range independent schools for grade 9 to 12 to African learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals who have potential, but lack the opportunities to succeed in mathematics, science and English in their current schools.
    For more information, see www.isasa.org/category/maths-and-english

    LEAP Science & Maths Schools include six intervention high schools focused on excellence in mathematics, science, English and emotional growth, a teacher training programme, and after-hours tuition. The LEAP movement also works with a range of partners to effect broader systemic change in education in South Africa.
    For more information, see www.leapschool.org.za

    TEACH South Africa recruits, trains and supports top university graduates to teach mathematics, science, English or technology for a minimum of two years in some of South Africa's most under-resourced schools. TEACH's primary objective is to use these TEACH Ambassadors to improve learner achievement in an effort to afford quality education to every South African learner.
    For more information, see www.teachsouthafrica.org

    Thandulwazi Trust - Maths & Science Academy. St Stithians outreach to improve the quality of maths and science teaching and learning in Gauteng Schools by offering learners at the FET Phase extra tuition in these key subjects at a Saturday School, to up-skill and offer a professional development programme to teachers in government schools across Gauteng, and train new maths, sciences, English and ECD/Foundation Phase teachers through a mentored, in-service training programme.
    For more information, see
    www.thandulwazi.com

    4. To support whole school development

    PILO – see above

    Penreach, a whole school development programme operating from Penryn College in Mpumalanga, provides educational interventions and solutions in a pipeline from early childhood development to career, working with over 900 historically disadvantaged schools in programmes which address in-service skills training and support to mathematics & science teachers, pre-school, primary and high school teachers, principals, school governing bodies and their community structures.
    For more information, see www.penreach.org.za

    5. To facilitate access to tertiary education

    REAP (Rural Education Access Programme) assists students from poor rural areas in South Africa to access tertiary education by providing information, resources and referrals to grade 11 and 12 learners in rural schools and calling on state mechanisms such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide full cost bursaries and subsidised student loans. A network of recruitment volunteers offers career information to learners and guides them through the various application processes. REAP also provides students with a structured support and development programme on campus to facilitate success in their studies.
    For more information, see www.reap.org.za

    6. To promote youth entrepreneurship

    ENACTUS South Africa (formerly SIFE – Students in Free Enterprise) brings together student, academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Participating students form teams on their tertiary education campuses to create and implement community outreach projects, an experience which not only transforms lives but helps students develop the talent and perspective that are essential to leadership. Projects are formally evaluated and lead projects go to national and international competitions.
    For more information, see www.enactusza.org

    7. In support of the environment

    Endangered Wildlife Trust's conservation strategy involves identifying human-induced threats and affected species to halt or reverse species decline, ensuring the viability of threatened habitats and ecosystems, developing innovative, economically viable alternatives to address harmful impacts to the benefit of people and biodiversity, increasing awareness and mainstream environmental considerations into the daily lives of people and decision makers, exploring and developing opportunities for mentorship and capacity building within the conservation sector and providing a leadership role in ensuring efficient and adequate implementation, compliance and enforcement of conservation legislation.
    For more information, see www.ewt.org.za

    WWF South Africa (World Wide Fund for Nature)'s goals are to ensure that South Africa's biodiversity is conserved and that our footprint remains within the Earth's capacity to sustain life by securing the integrity of South Africa's ecological assets, ensuring that ecosystem services underpin social and economic well-being and building a climate resilient, low-carbon economy.
    For more information, see www.wwf.org.za

    8. To facilitate the role of business in society:

    National Business Initiative (NBI) is a voluntary, non-mandated business coalition which facilitates the role of business in society through national, strategic policy interventions, and projects with a catalytic development impact. Working towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa and the shaping of a sustainable future through responsible business leadership and action, its main areas of operation are in promoting environmental sustainability (water, climate change, green economy, energy efficiency) and socio-economic sustainability (Pathways to Employability through skills development, UN Global Compact support and implementation).
    For more information, see www.nbi.org.za

    9. To build the next generations of responsible leaders

    Africa Leadership Initiative is a Fellowship established to build capacity and strong networks in next generations of African leaders from business, government and civil society through a programme of seminars on the philosophy of ethical and responsible leadership. Each Fellow is responsible for developing a community project and, post-graduation, becomes part of an alumni which meets at regular intervals to discuss relevant issues and works together towards achieving a good society with social and economic progress for all.
    For more information, see www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/africa-leadership-initiative/south-africa

    The President's Award for Youth Empowerment is a competitive experiential programme of leisure activities for young people that encourages character building, self-reliance and responsibility through service to the community. In prisons, the programme provides a framework for the rehabilitation of young prisoners and, in state-run residential youth facilities, aligns with their individual development plans. In schools, the programme provides a life orientation learning tool for teachers.
    For more information, see www.presidentsaward.co.za

    10. To empower people living with disabilities

    National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA (NCPPSA) coordinates the work of national umbrella disability service organisations and a forum to promote the maximum level of independence and integration of people with physical disabilities into society, as well as the prevention of the occurrence of physical disablement. NCPPSA has also created a corps of people with disabilities who have the potential to serve on various public and private sector structures to raise awareness of and facilitate achievement of initiatives addressing disability issues.
    For more information, see www.ncppdsa.org.za

    The Barloworld Education Trust (BET) is one of four trusts established when Barloworld concluded its major empowerment transaction in South Africa. This trust offers bursaries to black students studying for specified tertiary qualifications and is funded by dividends from Barloworld.

    Bursaries have been awarded to 16 students for the 2014 academic year, who are studying at South African tertiary institutions. The bursaries are annual allocations and are reviewed based on the bursar's academic results and vacation work reports. New applications are considered in addition to existing bursary recipients. Barloworld dividends received are utilised to fund studies which include tuition, prescribed books, registration and examination fees, and in many instances, residence, food and travel costs. The process of awarding bursaries for the 2015 academic year is currently underway with identified areas of study being Computer Science, Sales and Marketing and Industrial and Mechanical Engineering.

    Aside from the group's sale of its Australian operations, in terms of which the employees were mostly taken over by the purchasers and operations maintained, there have not been any significant exits of any community.

    Barloworld Siyakhula (Pty) Limited is the enterprise development initiative of Barloworld Limited, a focused distribution company with an offering that includes integrated product support and solutions.

    Barloworld Siyakhula was established to foster sustainable Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) through financial and non-financial support primarily to small and medium suppliers, contractors and enterprises within the Barloworld value chain. The fund will also explore and consider Greenfield business opportunities that may exist to establish new business ventures in association with black entrepreneurs.

    Barloworld believes in sustainable economic growth and has committed to promoting and enhancing B-BBEE in its business sectors through the creation and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

    For this reason, and with the objective of empowering black entrepreneurs and creating sustainable job opportunities for the marginalised and unemployed people, Barloworld Siyakhula was founded with an initial capital of R20 million.  Committed accumulated funds at present are approximately R155 million. This entails investment in black empowered and black-owned SMEs and the creation of joint ventures, aligning itself with Barloworld's established BEE strategies for preferential procurement, enterprise development and corporate social investment.

    Barloworld Siyakhula's primary objectives are to:

    bridge the socio-economic divide, and
    contribute to the process of transformation, job creation and skills transfer through sustainable partnerships.

    Siyakhula has supported 27 companies and works closely with them to ensure that they are competitive and sustainable.  Many of the enterprises have reached a level 1 B-BBEE status.

    Beneficiaries included:

    Afrijade, a business to consumer transport company
    Avis Van Rental Pretoria franchise offers customers light and commercial vehicle rental
    Avis Van Rental Western Cape franchise offers customers light and commercial vehicle rentals
    Karabo Management Services, a clothing company that specialises in a range of industrial garments
    Moe & Company owner driver scheme
    Moipone Group of companies, that provides services including leasing and rental of fleets
    Mind Interactive, a web development company
    Nathi Africa, a materials handling business in South African ports
    Machas Electrical, providers of electrical installation and maintenance services.
    Karabo Mashungane Consultants, and consulting company in enterprise development
    Rishi Rahaman Consulting, a legal practice
    Lettam Building & Civils, a construction company
    Omega Boerdery Deelneemings Trust – a farming community Co-Operative
    VDE Partners – a business consulting company
    Solar Spectrum – a construction company
    Renjohn – an engineering company

    Approximately 600 jobs are sustained through these businesses.


  • SO9 Operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.

    Given the nature, urban location and scale of the group's operations, none have significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities. 


  • SO10 Prevention and mitigation measures implemented in operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.

    None of the company's operations have significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities, so mitigation measures are not required. Where local stakeholders have concerns about the group's activities, these are addressed immediately. The group endeavours to strengthen the positive impacts it has through a range of programmes described under EC8 and SO1.