Figure 1

BBBEE scorecard

Element Indicator Weighting Score
Equity ownership Percentage share of economic benefits 25 17.45
Management and control Percentage black persons in executive management and/or executive board committees 19 7.37
Skills development Skills development expenditure as a proportion of total payroll 20 12.18
Enterprise and supplier development Procurement from black-owned and empowered enterprises as a proportion of total assets, as well as the average value of supplier development and enterprise development contributions as a percentage of net profit after tax 40 24.48
Socio-economic development Corporate social investment for the benefit of black persons 5 5.00
Total score 109 66.48

Introduction

The Board believes that BBBEE is a social, political and economic imperative and it supports and encourages the Company’s subsidiaries, associates and joint venture initiatives in this regard. To the extent that Remgro’s subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates implement BBBEE, Remgro’s shareholders effectively participate in BBBEE initiatives and the associated benefits and costs thereof.

Remgro measures its BBBEE status against the generic scorecard criteria set by the Department of Trade and Industry. In terms of the latest assessment of Remgro’s BBBEE status performed during September 2018, Remgro obtained a score of 66.48 (2017: 55.19), thereby obtaining a level 8 contributor status. The details of the assessment are fully set out in Figure 1 and includes the BBBEE initiatives of Remgro’s main independent operating subsidiaries, RCL Foods Limited (RCL Foods), Distell Group Holdings Limited (Distell) and Wispeco Holdings Proprietary Limited (Wispeco).

Equity ownership

Verification of BBBEE ownership is governed by the amended Codes of Good Practice on BBBEE, which were gazetted on 11 October 2013 in terms of Section 9(1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (No. 53 of 2003).

It should be noted that there is black ownership included in the shareholdings in Remgro held by institutional investors (refer here where Remgro’s major shareholders are disclosed). An annual exercise is undertaken to determine and accordingly include the indirect black ownership through these mandated investments. Furthermore, the provisions of Code Series 100, Statement 102 – Recognition of Sale of Assets, as well as the exclusion of foreign operations, are also taken into account.

Remgro’s equity ownership score is as follows:

Verified equity ownership score Target
score
30 June
2018
30 June
2017
Voting rights black people 4.00 2.93 1.60
Voting rights black women 2.00 1.72 0.90
Economic interest black people 4.00 2.98 1.70
Economic interest black women 2.00 1.84 1.02
Economic interest of black designated groups 3.00 3.00
Net value 8.00 4.98 3.38
25.0 17.45 8.60

Remgro’s equity ownership score for 2018 improved substantially mainly due to the exclusion of Remgro’s foreign operations (for the first time) and the inclusion of certain old Sale of Assets transactions, which were not taken into account in the prior year.

Although Remgro’s BBBEE score includes the initiatives of RCL Foods, Distell and Wispeco, the discussion below regarding the other elements of the generic scorecard criteria only relates to the activities at Remgro’s head office in Stellenbosch. For more detail regarding the BBBEE initiatives at investee company level, refer to the section “BBBEE at investee companies” on the next page.

Management control

The Board transformed considerably during the past years, with five of the ten non-executive directors (50%) being black persons. On Management Board level, two of the six members are black persons.

Employment equity

Employment equity represents Remgro’s most significant transformation challenge. An annual labour plan is submitted to the Department of Labour where Remgro’s transformation objectives are set out in detail. Although efforts are focused on improving the Company’s black representation at management level, low staff turnover and limited organic growth remain limiting factors. More detail regarding employment equity is presented here.

Remgro’s summarised employment equity as at 30 June 2018 is presented in Figure 2 and sets out the distribution by race of permanent employees per occupation level.

Skills development

Remgro complies with the requirements of the Skills Development Act, No. 97 of 1998 in terms of which a fixed percentage of its payroll is paid as a training levy to the South African Revenue Service. An annual report concerning all the training which has taken place in the Company is also submitted to the relevant SETA.

Preferential procurement

As Remgro is not an operating company it has a small procurement function and its procurement profile is characterised by a high service component as opposed to materials purchased. Remgro purchases more than half of its goods and services from BBBEE accredited vendors. The improvement of the preferential procurement score remains a focus area for Remgro.

Enterprise and socio-economic development

A considerable amount of time and resources are spent internally on business development and corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives. Further details regarding the Company’s CSI initiatives are provided here.

BBBEE at investee companies

Remgro monitors and contributes to its investees’ BBBEE performance through its board representation and participation, and facilitation of corporate actions in these investee companies. The BBBEE status of Remgro’s investee companies is presented in the “Investment reviews” section here of the Integrated Annual Report.

Further details regarding the BBBEE status of Remgro’s operating subsidiaries are provided in the section dealing with “Sustainability at operating subsidiaries” in the detailed Sustainable Development Report.

Figure 2

summarised employment equity report (as at 30 JUNE 2018)

Occupational levels Male Female Foreign nationals
A C I W A C I W Male Female Total
Top management 1 1 3 1 6
Senior management 2 13 3 18
Professionally qualified and experienced specialists and mid-management 2 19 1 3 10 35
Skilled technical and academically qualified workers, junior management, supervisors, foremen, and superintendents 3 10 12 2 7 1 28 63
Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making 23 22 6 9 60
Unskilled and defined decision-making
Total permanent 27 35 2 47 9 19 1 42 182
Temporary employees
Grand total 27 35 2 47 9 19 1 42 182
A = African  C = Coloured  I = Indian  W = White