One of Imperial’s top of mind objectives is to advance women in the workplace and to promote gender diversity, inlcuding:
Chief Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Officer & Chairman of the Global Women’s Forum
The SPAR Group Ltd has committed to working towards practical solutions to end Gender-Based Violence in our communities.
As such we have rolled out an awareness campaign in our stores, which forms the basis of our initiative. We have signed a 5-year MOU with LifeLine South Africa, who manage and staff the GBV Helpline (0800 150 150) to strengthen their infrastructure and increase the number of trained counsellors. We are also working to support Thuthuzela Care Centres to assist them in their endeavours to support victims and increase the number of sexual offence convictions in the country.
Group HR Executive
At RMB we believe in liberating our diverse talent to do good business for a better world. We recognise that GBV is a deep-rooted systemic issue from which none are immune.
Overcoming gender based violence is critical to closing the gender gap and we pledge to continue to face this injustice with courage, and overcome it with collective responsibility.
Transformation, Inclusion and Equality
This Women’s Month, Pick n Pay is again collaborating with 1000 Women 1 Voice to take action against gender based violence (GBV).
A series of Wednesday Webinars will be hosted about the GBV pandemic, the work of 1000 Women 1 Voice foundation and the need for South Africans to take action against GBV.
In these webinars, Director for Transformation, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman will be joined by 1000 Women Founder, Tina Thiart and businesswoman and humanitarian, Carol Bouwer, who is lending her voice as an ambassador for 1000 Women this year. Tickets can be obtained via Quicket, with proceeds going towards supporting victims of GBV.
Director for Transformation
As a group we have implemented a three-year employment equity plan that supports transformation throughout all levels within the group and also adopted a gender diversity policy for the group’s board, focusing on race and gender equality.
Our dedicated board and management governance committees ensure oversight of gender and employment equality progress and addresses any inequalities in the workplace. Our dedicated Wellness program plays an important part in the fight against GBV and provides support to affected employees and families through counselling and support groups.
Head of Sustainability
The South African Breweries remains committed to ensuring that our platform is used to uplift society. As a company, one of our priorities is fighting against gender-based violence and ensuring the safety of the women in our country.
Through Carling Black Label, we run the #NoExcuse movement, which aims specifically to encourage men to be the champions of society, with a large part of that Champion role being respecting the women of our country. Further, during the lockdown period, and through #NoExcuse, we have launched BRAVE, our Whatsapp platform which women can reach out to if they are feeling threatened by messaging 0800 150 150. A chatbot will reply to these women, directing them adequately according to their specific needs.
Vice-President: Corporate Affairs
Absa Group is commemorating Women’s Month with a series of activities highlighting the pressing financial, emotional and physical challenges that women face across the globe – many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a purpose-driven organisation we have taken bold steps to strengthen the fight against sexual and gender-based violence, through #StoptoStart, a powerful solidarity campaign and call to action. We have also started the process of developing the Absa Women’s Manifesto, an organisational pledge outlining our commitment to gender equality and women empowerment. Male colleagues powerfully demonstrated their support for gender equality by championing change and committing to the HeForShe movement. We have also enhanced our current SGBV programmes aimed at supporting colleagues, and introduced sustainable platforms to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and enable colleagues to take action.
Managing Executive: Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments
Despite its wide geographic spread, the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected everyone in the same way.
The attempts of key decision-makers to limit the damage of COVID-19 involve each one of us, but the impacts of these choices are neither equally shared nor highly visible and could ultimately generate a multitude of unintended negative consequences for women, in many instances exacerbating existing gender inequalities. The lack of women in leadership positions can also result in policies that perpetuate existing gender norms and inequities across entire nations. Accordingly, Nedbank attempts to address the issue of gender equality on multiple levels and through various initiatives ranging from economically focused interventions to emotional & physical wellbeing interventions and to ensuring equity in our policy provisions in the workplace. The challenges women face are complex and interrelated and our various responses need to be mindful of such system implications.
Head of Sustainability
Anglo American’s Living with Dignity Programme aims to confront the scourge of gender-based violence across our operations and surrounding communities.
In response to the increasing reports of GBV during the national lockdown, the programme has launched an intervention in partnership with the National Shelter Movement, to provide support to victims of domestic violence in our communities. The overall focus of the intervention is to bolster the capacity and resilience of existing local infrastructure (community organisations, NGOs, and social structures such as the faith community) to best respond to GBV.
Head of Sustainability Engagement
At Vodacom, we view violence against women as a violation of human rights and the greatest obstacle towards gender equality.
Vodacom’s GBV programmes focus on prevention, response and victim support. Our response is through the Gender Based Violence Command Centre, which we helped to launch in 2014 in partnership with the Department of Social Development. Victim support is through the digital literacy we provide in the shelters for victims and survivors of GBV. Our new mobile-based App, which we have developed, is part of our prevention strategy. The App will serve as a risk assessment tool for users to determine if they are in an abusive relationship, so they can seek help. The user will be able to compile and keep a journal of abusive incidents that could be used during criminal investigation and prosecution. We plan to launch this App later this year.
External Affairs Director
The Hollard LeadHership Development Program is a powerful Hollard diversity and inclusion-driven initiative established in 2017.
The program is aimed at transforming our business by bridging the current gender equality gap through the focused development of female talent entering or already in leadership roles. Currently in its 6th intake, the program has now impacted 168 Hollardite women, allowing them to lead with more confidence and increase Hollard’s diversity in the leadership tiers resulting in a more diverse organisational culture.
Group General Counsel
Distell seeks to create a workplace that reflects the communities it is serving and a culture where everyone feels valued, heard and included. We have a multi-faceted approach to our commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
One aspect of our GVBF approach is we have added a GBVF training module as part of our responsible Taverner programme. Our Tavern dialogues continue to be a point of critical conversation on this matter. We have also partnered with Aware.org.za as well as the Department of Social Development for certain GBVF programmes.
Director: corporate and regulatory affairs