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Sustainability in South Africa: Committed to local value creation

We are committed to the sustainable development of South Africa, and believe that companies only truly succeed if they help to fulfil the needs of the society they operate in.

Sustainable development in South Africa

Since Siemens South Africa was founded in 1860, its history has been characterized by growth and innovation. As an integrated technology company, Siemens aims to play a constructive role in Africa‘s success story. This is as relevant for solutions across the electrification, automation and digitalization chain as it is for social responsibilities. Meeting our social responsibilities is not viewed as a separate business activity but is totally integrated into our company’s sustainability strategy.

Siemens South Africa success stories

People & society

0 %

of procurement spent with QSEs/EMEs

0 %

of procurement spent with black women owned enterprises

Environment

2030

Siemens South Africa aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.

2,114 Kt

of CO2e offset through carbon saving measures

Responsible business practices

R18 million

Over R18 million has been spent on integrity initiatives since 2012

Sustainable social development

People & society

At Siemens, empowerment is a business imperative. Our focus is on local value creation, through initiatives that support society and education advancement, job creation, skills development and local manufacturing.

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Skills development

Training future generations

Lephalale FET College
For over ten years, Siemens has invested to upgrade facilities at the Limpopo-based Lephalale FET College. Here, over 25% of students are female, and over 80% are black.

 

Siemens Power Academy
The Power Academy, an R8 million training investment, was launched in 2012 to offer training for workers in the energy industry.

Diversity

Diversity

Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment

Siemens has consistently played a leading role in advancing the cause of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and years before legislation was put in place to address the issue, the company initiated its first empowerment deals in December 2000.

Siemens Africa is committed to embracing the diversity and values of all of its people and harnessing this power by promoting equitable gender and race representation. Through a combination of targeted recruitment, skills development, promotions and cross-functional career development opportunities we have dramatically improved diversity in management at all levels.

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Corporate citizenship

Ensuring good governance

Ethics Institute
Together with the Ethics Institute, Siemens is helping to ensure good governance at ground level, working with local businesses to implement collective projects that impact South Africa in a positive way.

Meeting environmental goals

Environment

South Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization, with almost two thirds of the country's population living in cities. Cities are having to deal with increasing growth and meet infrastructure needs, while meeting environmental targets and reducing emissions. 


At the heart of the UN's Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide governments, civil society and the private sector in a collaborative effort for change. Our Sustainability Report 2016 details the steps we have defined to help meet these 17 SDGs. At the end of fiscal 2016, South Africa was one of eight countries to have successfully completed these steps. 

Sustainable business

Responsible business practices

Based on the principles of integrity, transparency, fairness, and responsibility, we aim to ensure our business is practiced sustainably.

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Our three corporate citizenship strategic focus areas are defined as follows: Access to technology, access to education and sustaining communities. All three areas are particularly relevant to South Africa, a country redefining itself following apartheid.

In fiscal 2016, nine countries achieved the Zero Harm Culture@Siemens Label, and South Africa was one of them. The company is involved in other globally rolled-out practices too, to ensure that workers are able to work in a safe environment.

Our program "Sustainability in the Supply Chain" aims to ensure that Siemens minimizes risks, uses resources carefully, and ensures long-term environmental and social compatibility. As such, we have deveoped a Code of Conduct for our suppliers, based on the UN's global compact principles.

The Siemens compliance system

Unconditional compliance with external and internal requirements and regulations guides all our actions as a company and is fundamental to the way we conduct business.

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The Siemens compliance system comprises a comprehensive system of measures to ensure our business is always carried out in full accordance with the law as well as with our internal principles and rules. In the process, we also want to instill the notion of responsible conduct in everything that Siemens employees think and do.  

 

Our Compliance System is divided into three levels of action: prevent, detect and respond. Preventative measures include, for example, compliance risk management, guidelines and procedures, and comprehensive training and advising of employees. Communication channels such as our “Tell us” reporting system and ombudsman as well as fair internal investigations are indispensable to recognizing and resolving matters of misconduct. Unambiguous responses and clear consequences serve to punish misconduct and eliminate weaknesses. The responsibility all managers carry for compliance is the overarching element above these three levels.

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