Corporate Social Responsibility

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa is committed to supporting and developing the communities in which we operate. On a broader level, the Company is active in promoting the effective participation of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities in the South African economy.

The Company has identified five main areas of focus that are key in us achieving our goals: 

Affirmative Procurement

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Verification Certificate: Level 3 Contributor

The Company’s current Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Certification is a Level 3. The selection criteria used were as per the BBBEE certification requirements and conducted by a registered authority.

Skills Development

A workplace skills plan is assessed annually by a fully representative Skills Develpopment Committee and submitted on an annual basis to the Energy and Water SETA (EWSETA). 

Employment Equity & Black Management Control

The Company adheres to the requirements of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998. Furthermore, since 2003, the Company has witnessed greater representation in Management & Senior Management levels of affirmative action candidates.

In 2017, on 26 July, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa officially unveiled its new strategic partnership with Ceracure (Pty) Ltd. This landmark shareholding agreement strengthens the Company’s compliance with new Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment regulations as a high level contributor, and demonstrates its continued commitment to local empowerment and transformation.

Veolia’s shareholding arrangement with Ceracure represents an important pillar of the Company’s new vision that is enhancing the water solutions specialist’s delivery of highly efficient, low-footprint water treatment technologies in South Africa and Africa. Alongside the BBBEE deal are a range of recent organisational and technological innovations that have streamlined the Company’s manufacturing, distribution and service networks across the region. Veolia South Africa is now positioned as a key technology and manufacturing hub for Veolia’s new range of standard engineered products and systems as well the Company’s range of Hydrex™ speciality chemicals.

Black Business Partners

The Durban Water Recycling Plant, which is a wastewater purification plant established in 2001 to treat domestic effluent from the Durban municipality, is the result of a joint venture between the Holding Company and other business partners, including Khulani Holdings, a BEE company. The Company is also in the process of identifying other BEE alliance partners to work with in future projects.

Corporate Social Investment

The Company, along with its business partners, has a policy of investing in the education of black students in the technical fields. Every year, two PDI students in KwaZulu-Natal are awarded bursaries to study 2nd year chemical engineering.

Further to this, the Company's social investment strategy includes the donation of water purification plants to disadvantaged communities living along polluted rivers in the Western Cape. The Company was responsible for the installation, maintenance and training on the operation of the plants.

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa regularly identifies and executes social-upliftment and development projects in the communities affected by industrial and municipal projects the Company is involved with. Recent projects the Company contributed to include the training of blind students, supporting of water projects in the drought stricken Western Cape province, supporting the anti-poaching unit in the Kruger National Park and a “Learn To Grow Vegetables” project for a disadvantaged community. In addition to these projects, company employees frequently participate in fundraising activities and environmental activities, living the Company principles of “Resourcing the World” in their personal capacity.