Royal HaskoningDHV’s strategic intent is to benefit all its stakeholders, believing that transformation initiatives are – as an underlying precept – about “doing good business” and recognising black economic empowerment as a business imperative that creates employment opportunities for the ultimate benefit of the country. The firm has a long established reputation as a learning institution, stretching back to its origins in 1922.
More recently in 2007 the firm launched its Saturday School initiative which provides coaching for promising scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve a matric university pass, and go on to pursue a technical career. Saturday School operates from six of the company’s branch offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban and Pietermaritzburg and since inception has provided support for more than 800 learners. Other learning based initiatives include participation in the CESA Job Shadow competition where over the past five years it has won the competition twice, been runners up twice and won the coveted Mentoring Company of the Year in 2011.
What is BEE?
Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) is an initiative launched by the South African Government to address the restrictions that exist within the country for Black individuals to participate fairly in the economy. Firms can get different level BEE certificates (from level 8 to level 1) depending on what contributions they have made to supporting the integration of black people into the economy.