Barloworld has put the women development agenda at the forefront of transformation by setting a target of 40% women representation across the business value chain.
This also finds expression in Barloworld’s outreach initiatives by providing financial and non-financial support to women-owned businesses and assisting them with access to markets within Barloworld and through strategic partners.
Noluvo Vovo Ngcwabe
Corporate Citizenship and Stakeholder Engagement
Standard Bank recognises how important it is for men to be involved in the gender equality endeavour. That’s why our CE, Sim Tshabalala, signed up as a HeForShe Champion in 2018.
One of our flagship projects, “Band of Brothers”, engages men in critical conversations about masculinity, toxic masculinity, the role of fathers and how men can be allies for gender equality. Participants have described the intervention as life-changing, as having changed their relationships with their own fathers, their partners and their children, and as enabling them to have similar conversations with male colleagues and friends.
Dr Wendy Orr
Standard Bank Group / People & Culture / Group Inclusion
Everyone has the right to dignity – in our homes, offices and everywhere in-between.
Whether it is our “Living with Dignity” programme to address gender-based violence, or our work to address the imbalances that keep women underrepresented in the mining industry – we have committed ourselves to a journey where we build communities and workplaces that are free of discrimination, violence, and inequality.
Chairperson of Anglo American’s Management Board in South Africa and President of the Minerals Council South Africa
As one of the leading black-owned construction companies, Concor has a strong focus on transformation, and this includes the upliftment of women in the construction sector. Significantly, the chairperson of the Concor Holdings board is female.
Our Employment Equity Forum, which drives transformation, is chaired by a woman and 18% of our workforce are women. This is a remarkable achievement in an industry where the recruitment, development and retention of women is lagging behind that of their male counterparts.
The business also has several initiatives aimed at developing our young people and providing access to experienced individuals in the company that can mentor and nurture them. One such platform is the Future Leaders Forum where we currently have seven women engaging the CEO and other executives around issues affecting our business and industry. The Women in Leadership Forum was established to cater for high performance and high potential in female talent in the C-upper and D-lower grade jobs to provide a forum where they could interact meaningfully and share challenges and solutions relative to working in a male dominated industry.
External development of women also plays an important part of the company’s transformation strategy, with extensive time, effort and financial resources being channelled towards women owned SMME’s. The company’s Enterprise Development programmes ensure that entrepreneurs are identified at its project sites and allowed opportunities to develop their skills sets and through ongoing mentorship are enabled to fully establish sustainable businesses.
Concor has also identified NGO’s that support the fight against GBV and makes a concerted effort to identify and partner with them annually, through financial donations which enables their excellent work to continue.
Business Development & Stakeholder Engagement
Momentum Metropolitan is very proud of our support and recognition of Women, not only in August (Women’s Month), but consistently as standard practice throughout the year.
Aligned to our purpose of enabling people from all walks of life to achieve their financial goals and aspirations, this will only be effectively achieved with a transformed and diverse workforce.
Talent Attraction and Leadership programmes geared towards women are in place. More good news is that we can unequivocally say that at Momentum Metropolitan there is no gender bias in how we remunerate our employees. Equal pay for equal work is a baseline benchmark for us.
Four of our flagship Women’s movements are the Womentum #SheOwnsHerSuccess campaign, our ongoing support of the Momentum Proteas national women’s cricket team, our CSI support for the WomenThinkCode programme (empowering women with coding skills), and sponsorship of the annual gsport Awards, the only recognition event on the continent aimed solely at honouring and raising the profile of women in sport.
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Gender equality is one of the focus areas of PwC’s societal purpose strategy, which is called Reimagine Africa, together and guided by the UN’s SDGs.
In line with our purpose of building trust in society and solving important problems, we’re promoting gender equality in the areas where we know we can make a difference, including:
We’re making a difference through our community of solvers.
It all adds up to The New Equation.
Shirley Machaba CEO
PwC Southern Africa
Sadly, the pandemic is undoing over two decades of gains made by women in the workforce and the latest research has highlighted that 2 million of the 3 million jobs lost during this pandemic have been women [Source: National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM)].
This is largely due to women being in industries that have been the hardest hit and has a devastating impact in terms of broader society too because women have also borne the brunt of the unpaid childcare responsibility. We are doing all we can to provide relief measures to businesses to help them get back on their feet and keep their staff paid by offering solutions like payment holidays and free business advice via our platforms to help women pivot their businesses. This is not a sprint but is a marathon that we are committed to running beside our clients in the foreseeable future and we are already starting to see the green shoots pushing through and businesses starting to regain their confidence.
Strategic Projects Head-Women in Business: National