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Employment equity

Imperial is committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees, regardless of ethnic origin or gender. Our employment equity (EE) strategy is informed by legislation but also by the needs of our business for a diverse group of employees who bring a wide range of talents and perspectives to our operations.

Management and measurement

All South African businesses within the group have employment equity policies, have submitted employment equity plans to the Department of Labour and comply with the Employment Equity Act.

In keeping with Imperial’s decentralised structure, management within each business unit defines a relevant approach to managing EE and sets EE targets that are appropriate for that business. However, they are guided by a group-wide commitment to:

  • implementing recruitment programmes to employ talented employees from historically disadvantaged groups at all levels
  • implementing human resource development programmes aimed at enhancing the skills of employees from historically disadvantaged groups
  • accelerating the advancement of historically disadvantaged employees to all levels in the organisation
  • compliance with applicable legislation and targets.

Employment equity challenges and successes differ greatly between each division. While the employment equity status of some businesses is externally audited in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment scorecard, this is not the case for all Imperial companies.

We report on the proportion of historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) and women in our operations, but do not report the number of employees from minority groups or different age groups, as we do not consider this to be material to our operations.

Employment equity performance and goals

In compliance with section 22 of the South African Employment Equity Act, a summary of our progress as submitted to the Department of Labour has been included in the integrated report, and on page 32 of this report.


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