Santova’s people remain a significant part of its intellectual capital and Santova’s human capital is fast becoming one of its most important differentiators.
The Group Human Resources Department, based at the Santova Head Office, manages the human capital element for the Group with the assistance of all business unit leaders worldwide. The Group Human Resources Department also calls upon a network of professional specialist suppliers, where required.
Internationally, the Department handles the role of general employee management and the labour process. In South Africa, the Department manages payroll, medical aid, retirement planning, wellness, training and development as well as aspects of employment equity, broad-based black economic empowerment and sustainability. In South Africa, all employees are required to join the Group provident fund and the Group medical aid scheme (or provide proof of their own independent medical aid). Internationally, the offices have flexibility in this area to cater for local practices and laws.
The value of Santova’s human capital is evidenced in the value distributed to employees as contained in the Value Added Statement of the Annual Integrated Report.
Santova, under the leadership of the Group Human Resources Committee, promotes employee wellness throughout the Group. Whilst the international entities are encouraged to promote wellness in any way realistically possible for the size of their office complements, in South Africa this important area is driven principally through the formal employee wellness days.
Training and skills development are important to Santova as they are the core elements to growing the quality of the Group’s human capital. Enhancing the skills, capabilities and knowledge of employees is an ongoing requirement which is not only a tool to drive performance, but also contributes to employee wellness and our employment brand. In addition, it provides support to our culture, values and philosophies.
In South Africa, training and skills development are overseen by the Skills Development and Employment Equity Committee, whilst the employees who manage the day to day tasks form part of the Group Human Resources Department. Internationally, responsibility for training and skills development falls under the mandate of the business unit leaders, with support provided by the Group Human Resources Department which monitors the international progress in this area.
The training and skills development function is managed in South Africa with a formal training budget and process, whilst the international offices are given the flexibility to manage training on a more informal and ad hoc basis given the size of these regions.
Santova also operates a variety of Learnership and Graduate Programmes. Prospective candidates can apply on our Careers page on this website. Please click here to access our Careers page.
Each South African entity is responsible for managing their employment equity implementation to achieve the required targets set out in the plan.
A summary of the employment equity statistics for the South African entities can be found in the Santova Limited. Sustainability Report. Click here to access the Sustainability Report page of this website to view the latest Santova Limited Sustainability Report. It should be noted that the South African entities report separately to the Department of Labour for the purpose of employment equity, and not as a consolidated South African group as set out for summary purposes in the Annual Integrated Report.
The South African entities of the Group remain focused on addressing middle, senior and top management with junior management and clerk level already well represented. Skills shortages in our industries amongst designated group’s remains a barrier to employment equity and the Group continues to rely on its internal programmes to address employment equity. The introduction of the Santova Logistics Graduate Programme is a further initiative aimed at assisting in this area, as this programme is designed for previously disadvantaged candidates.
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“B-BBEE”)
The B-BBEE Committee, under the guidance of its B-BBEE Consultant, is responsible for the strategy, planning, monitoring and overall management of B-BBEE within the South African Group. All senior management within the South African Group are then responsible for the implementation and ongoing development of B-BBEE.
The B-BBEE report for each of the South African Group entities for the previous year can be found in the Santova Limited Sustainability Report. Click here to access the Sustainability Report page of this website to view the latest Santova Limited Sustainability Report.
The B-BBEE scores for each South African entity and associated information can be found in the abovementioned report. The report also contains detail on Santova’s contributions to Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Santova’s Enterprise Development beneficiaries are generally supported in one or more of the following methods: financial grants, computer hardware and software, motorbike, training, employee salaries, legal advice and business support.
B-BBEE suppliers, in general, continue to be an important focus for the South African entities within the Group. The spend with the historically disadvantaged black suppliers and stakeholders is contained in the Value Added Statement in Santova Limited’s Annual Integrated Report.