The reporting organization shall report the following information: a. Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and/or development programs, including the use of: i. social impact assessments, including gender impact assessments, based on participatory processes; ii. environmental impact assessments and ongoing monitoring; iii. public disclosure of results of environmental and social impact assessments; iv. local community development programs based on local communities’ needs; v. stakeholder engagement plans based on stakeholder mapping; vi. broad based local community consultation committees and processes that include vulnerable groups; vii. works councils, occupational health and safety committees and other worker representation bodies to deal with impacts; viii. formal local community grievance processes.

Integrated Report

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

All operations engage their local communities appropriately. Given the nature of the group's operations and mainly urban locations, no single operation has a significant impact on local communities hence there is generally no requirement for business-related social or environmental impact assessments. Where such assessments are required, these will be conducted together with the relevant stakeholder engagement.

In terms of the group's shared value 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 being a responsible corporate, 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 and optimal levels of sustainable returns.

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 R85 million in such initiatives over the past five years, of which 95% was accredited socio-economic development (SED) spend in terms of the South African B-BBEE codes.

The Barloworld Trust is mainly focused on improving learner outcomes and facilitating access to education in South Africa as well as youth development. 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 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.  LEAP Science and 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

3.  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

4.  Thandulwazi Trust - Maths and 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

5.  To support whole school development

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 and 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

6.  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

7.  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 http://www.enactusza.org/

8.  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

9.  WWF South Africa (Worldwide 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

10.  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, and implementation). For more information, see www.nbi.org.za

11.  To build the next generations of responsible leaders

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

General

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.

Further bursaries have been awarded through Barloworld business units, bringing the total number of bursars in the group to  for 2021.

Barloworld Siyakhula (Pty) Limited is the enterprise and supplier 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 explores and considers 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 in excess of some R370 million since inception. 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 over 200 black owned and black women owned companies and works closely with them to ensure that they are competitive and sustainable. We have assisted in creating over 1  775 jobs in in these companies.

Supplier diversity

Our supplier development strategy is informed by global best practice, which seeks to strengthen efficiencies within the traditional supplier base while also increasing capacity and procurement among non-traditional, historically disadvantaged service providers.

In an increasingly multi-cultural marketplace, these efforts are essential to promoting sustainability and creating value among our stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion within our supply chain is championed by Barloworld Siyakhula, our enterprise development arm. Siyakhula was founded in 2007 in response to the drive towards black economic empowerment and transformation in South African business. Building upon their successful launch in 2014, we continued group-wide supplier development workshops in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and in 2019. In 2021the focus and efforts were on ensuring the COVID-19 impact is minimise for our suppliers who are Siyakhula beneficiaries by providing them with salary relief fund of R5m as well as to bolster access to the Barloworld value chain for black owned and black women owned entities.

Strategic partnerships

Barloworld Siyakhula engages in a number of partnerships that also foster socio-economic development for the benefit of small to medium sized enterprises, these are the partnerships:

Raizcorp:

Siyakhula has a service agreement with Raizcorp, a specialist service provider for small business incubation, enterprise and supplier development and related business development services to beneficiaries of Siyakhula.

ABSA and Nedbank:

ABSA and Nedbank have entered into a partnership with Barloworld Siyakhula to utilize our programs to identify potential small to medium sized and social enterprises for purposes of offering further funding opportunities.

The reporting organization shall report the following information: a. Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities, including: i. the location of the operations; ii. the significant actual and potential negative impacts of operations.


Given the nature, urban location and scale of the group's operations within the Car Rental and Leasing, and the Industrial Equipment and Service segments, none have significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities.

Given the manufacturing nature and scale of the Ingrain operations, possible impacts relate to emissions, dust and water consumption.