Transformation is integrated into every aspect of our business and along our value chain. In action, this means accepting differences, recognising the value of diversity and accelerating lasting socio-economic growth in the key markets and communities in which we operate.
We are focused on doing more of the right things for the rights reasons while supporting government’s broader national transformation goals. This includes creating opportunities to reduce poverty and inequality, in particular gender inequality. This vision is outlined in government’s National Development Plan. We are proud of our commitment to build and strengthen South Africa’s economy.
A continued lack of decent work opportunities erodes the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. Sustainable economic growth therefore requires quality jobs and decent working conditions that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment.
For us at Distell, we focus on inclusion and economic growth along our value chain to reduce poverty and inequality (including gender inequality). Through programmes and partnerships, we primarily contribute to indicators under SDGs 8 and 12.
We indirectly contribute to SDGs 1, 5 and 17.
Delivering on our B-BBEE commitment
Guided by our integrated B-BBEE strategy, we continue to develop and entrench business processes that support transformation.
Together we prosper: Introducing our Taverner Training Programme
Distell developed a Taverner Training Programme designed to empower female taverners with basic business and in-trade execution skills to grow their businesses sustainably. The programme is a first for Distell and advances collaboration from the boardroom to the taverns along our value chain.
Leading the way with an innovative approach to enterprise and supplier development
In South Africa, entrepreneurship and the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are widely recognised as critical to achieve inclusive economic growth and development and stimulate job creation.
We are working hard to transform our supply chain and contribute to meaningful development that supports a more equitable and sustainable society. We are doing this by increasing the number of black-owned and black women-owned enterprises from which we procure goods and services. We are also empowering small business owners with the tools they need to become key partners to our business.
We support SMEs and empowered farmers through two programmes: