Social report

 
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Code of ethics

  • Conduct yourself honourably and in the best interest of the company
  • Abide by all laws and regulations
  • Avoid all conflict of interest between work and personal affairs
  • Act in good faith, with integrity and honesty
  • Foster an environment in which people are encouraged to be open
  • Respect one another and act in a non-discriminatory manner
  • Act in a socially responsible way
  • Protect the environment and our natural resources


Human capital

Reunert follows a decentralised management approach with operational companies taking responsibility for its own human resources management, relationship building and marketing with its customers and suppliers and reaching out to the communities where it operates.

The majority of our businesses are based in South Africa and our employees come from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds ranging from highly qualified, experienced engineers and technicians to trainees.

A human resources (HR) forum, chaired by the commercial director, meets quarterly to align group-wide HR strategies and policies where applicable.

Equality

Respect for the individual and non-discrimination are principles outlined in our code of ethics. Through our mentorship programmes, that have been in place for more than a decade, we ensure that people from different races, creeds and backgrounds all respect international business norms and values, which serves to instil a common purpose.

Human rights principles extend to our employees and independent contractors and where necessary are incorporated
into the policies of operating companies and divisions. These principles include:
  • Prohibition of forced and compulsory labour
  • Prohibition of child labour
  • Intolerance of discrimination
  • Freedom of association and, where appropriate, engagement in collective bargaining
  • Providing a safe and healthy work environment
  • Community involvement
  • Establishing fair and competitive wages and benefits.


Reunert complies with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Labour Relations Act, the Employment Equity Act and the Skills Development Act.

At year-end Reunert had 6 356 employees in Southern Africa of which 70% of the females are black and 60% of the males are black.

The increase in employee numbers from the previous year is mainly due to the acquisition of Nashua Communication.

Staff costs are indicated in note 2.


Employee profile as at 30 September

Total number of employees in Southern Africa  

  Male   Female   Total  
number of  
employees  
Total % black  
representation1
Total  
number of  
employees  
2009  
Occupational levels   African   Coloured   Indian   White   African   Coloured   Indian   White   2010   Male   Female  
Top management   5   —   4   55   3   —   —   1   68   14   75   61  
Senior management   10   4   5   91   3   3   3   17   136   17   35   158  
Professionally qualified, experienced specialists and middle management   20   19   30   323   12   8   8   85   505   18   25   493  
Skilled technical and academically qualified workers, junior management, supervisors, foremen and superintendents   444   153   140   830   209   90   74   488   2 428   47   43   2 036  
Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making   778   63   53   72   220   71   50   152   1 459   93   69   1 450  
Unskilled and defined decision-making   267   7   1   10   919   10   2   1   1 217   96   100   1 210  
Total permanent   1 524   246   233   1 381   1 366   182   137   744   5 813   59   69   5 408  
Contract workers   33   32   11   94   39   39   3   44   295   45   65   644  
Temporary workers   114   8   2   10   68   5   1   18   226   93   80   123  
Trainees   14   1   —   —   7   —   —   —   22   100   100   30  
Total non-permanent   161   41   13   104   114   44   4   62   543   67   72   797  
Total   1 685   287   246   1 485   1 480   226   141   806   6 356   60   70   6 205  

Total number of employees in foreign countries  

       
   Total  
number of  
employees
  
    Total  
number of  
employees  
Occupational levels   2010       2009  
Top management   1       1  
Senior management   1       3  
Professionally qualified, experienced specialists and middle management   18       20  
Skilled technical and academically qualified workers, junior management, supervisors, foremen and superintendents   34       52  
Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making   2       2  
Unskilled and defined decision-making   4       26  
Total permanent   60       104  
Contract workers   6       10  
Temporary workers   –       2  
Total non-permanent   6       12  
Total   66       116  
Total number of employees in the group   6 422       6 321  

1 Black is defined as African, Coloured and Indian in terms of the BBBEE codes.

     
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