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Sustainablity

Hulamin’s ability to achieve long-term strategic objectives is closely linked to our commitment to sustainable development. We believe that we have a responsibility to respond to the ever increasing challenges in the economic, social and environmental spheres in which we operate.

This understanding motivates our commitment to respond in a number of key areas with specific and time-based action plans.

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Summarised below are Hulamin’s key interventions and actions in the areas of:

• Social Responsibility

• Natural Capital

• Human Capital

Social Responsibility

Preferential Procurement

We promote the economic empowerment of black South Africans and encourage business relationships with other companies which likewise actively pursue sound employment equity and black economic empowerment programmes.

The future of South Africa and Hulamin depends on growing the economic involvement in mainstream businesses for all previously disadvantaged groups on a sustainable basis. Our intervention program of preferential procurement is committed to achieving these objectives.

Enterprise Development

Our Enterprise Development (ED) objective is to facilitate the development of sustainable businesses that will create jobs and add stimulus to the economy. We are committed to this process by providing business opportunities to new enterprises and support for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) through the provision of professional, financial and logistical support as well as various start-up support services. An important element of ED is the emphasis on the value chain, where we have influence to create opportunities for new businesses as customers or suppliers.

Corporate Social Investment

The socio-economic development (SED) mandate is a contact indicator against which we invest in communities, as well as in projects aligned with our philosophy of sustainability.

Our CSI policy is to focus on fewer but more substantial projects, with particular emphasis on historically disadvantaged communities. We strive to make a difference though the personal involvement of our staff in these projects and communities.

Our CSI programmes focus primarily on education, health, development of community skills, welfare, environment and crime prevention.

Natural Capital

Carbon Footprint, Energy, Water, Waste

We are committed to responsible environmental stewardship of our resources and to ensuring that all activities result in minimal harm to the environment. Addressing environmental sustainability is integrated into the way we run the business. We monitor and report on environmental sustainability along with developing plans for continuous improvement.

There are many specific initiatives and strategies in place to maximise the recycling of our internally generated aluminium scrap, customers’ scrap and post-consumer (end-of-life) scrap. Our commitment to the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility is reflected in these initiatives.

Human Capital

Employment Equity

We believe in the development of all our employees with an emphasis on employees from previously disadvantaged groups.

Employment equity is regarded as a special intervention required to address the situation resulting from sections of the population in South Africa having been previously disadvantaged.  This is an integral component of our business strategy and is focused on the following aspects:

  • the elimination of unfair discrimination within the workplace
  • The implementation of affirmative action measures to achieve equitable representation of designated groups across all occupational levels within the organisation.

Skills Development

We strive to develop skilled and motivated employees through an outcomes based approach to development that endorses personal growth, individual responsibility and a culture of lifelong learning.

Training and development initiatives draw on the technological, operational and process knowledge that exists within the business. This further builds organisational learning while maximising the potential of individual employees within the working environment.  

It is imperative that we continue to develop competence in our employees; this will ensure sustainability of our business and contribute to reducing the skills shortage in South Africa.

Safety

We are committed to the wellbeing of employees and to providing a safe working environment for all employees and visitors on our sites.

A culture of safety is embedded in the organisation to ensure that our plants are operated safely and employees are protected from injury and harm. To achieve this, employees and the teams in which they work are guided and supported in taking responsibility for their own safety. We seek to continuously improve safety performance by benchmarking our performance against best practice.

Health

The good health of employees is essential to motivation, capability and productivity. The enhancement of employee health also contributes to reduced absenteeism and promotes good working relationships. We have adopted a “shared responsibility” approach to the wellbeing of employees.  We equip employees with the appropriate education and healthcare facilities on site in order for our people to best manage their own health.