Why Socio-Economic Development?
Our commitment to Socio-Economic Development is an imperative part of good corporate citizenship, sustainability and good governance. BPL recognises that the business environment is seamlessly linked to the broader social environment in which we operate and that Socio-Economic Development is therefore a responsible business requirement. .
BPL strives for positive impacts on the communities in which we operate and we believe that communities where we operate should benefit from our presence. Our value to society includes the following:
Employment opportunities – we seek to recruit our employees from the local community to meet legal requirements and to benefit the country in terms of diversity management, and reduction of unemployment and poverty.
Skills Development – BPL Academy is registered and accredited as a training service provider with the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) and through BPL Academy we provide learnerships to employees, disabled and previously disadvantaged learners.
Enterprise and Supplier Development – we seek to support the initiatives of the business community to help address the development needs of the country, and we promote the use of local suppliers where applicable, contributing to the growth of the local skilled labour and economy. The Company has a Preferential procurement policy in place, and procurement spend is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the policy. The policy supports the Company's commitment to economic transformation.
Community investment – Our community investment initiatives include a range of social investment responses such as provision of philanthropic cash donations, bursaries and study grants, equipment, school uniform and stationary, and upgrading of infrastructure. Providing bursaries to the dependents of BPL Employees for tertiary education.
In Gauteng BPL works with five schools, promoting learnerships to grades 10, 11 and 12. Learners are tasked with undertaking community projects and submitting portfolios of their assignments to BPL. Top performers are awarded laptops, uniform vouchers, backpacks, scientific calculators, dictionaries and mathematical sets.
Tembisa High School Rhodesfield Technical High School Muriel Brand School for the Disabled
BPL employees form an extension of our Socio-Economic Development initiatives and BPL Ambassadors are employees who volunteer to conduct a number of outreach initiatives. BPL Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy, to initiate and provide further support and relationship building with Socio-Economic Development beneficiaries.
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