A strategic imperative for AutoX
We view Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) as a strategic imperative for AutoX. We comply with South Africa’s B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice and we are currently rated as a Level 3 Contributor.
Enterprise & Supplier Development
We provide business funding and support
AutoX has identified and developed a number of small enterprises that are supplying services to the company. We provide business funding and support to help them grow and sustain their businesses.
An example is that of an on-site medical facility which is owned by the Clinic Sister. This facility receives ongoing financial assistance from AutoX. A number of other micro enterprises, such as an engineering projects entity, an on-site laundry and a tooling and welding company, also receive financial assistance from AutoX. Over the years, we have assisted our local suppliers at the factory, including JD Chemicals, AJ Machine Services, Mlamli Transport, and Rihayo Occupational Health Services CC.
The company has also partnered with Inyosi Empowerment and makes significant contributions to various black-owned companies all over the country.
Corporate Social Investment
AutoX contributes to the development and sustainability of various educational institutions through our corporate social responsibility programmes.
We also provide bursaries to the children of our employees.
Over the past few years, the company has sponsored the annual events of the Quadriplegic Association of South Africa (QASA). In addition, we continue to make significant contributions to other projects aimed at uplifting the communities in which we operate. Recent beneficiaries include Reach for A Dream, TULIP (a collaboration with the University of Pretoria), and Good Morning Angels. We have also adopted St Thomas Senior Secondary School in Port Elizabeth, and assist them with various educational and facility needs.
Created a culture of ongoing learning throughout the business
At AutoX, we have created a culture of ongoing learning throughout the business because we view skills development as an essential component of our sustainability and success. We believe that these training programmes not only empowers our staff, but helps to build internal capacity and capability in order to meet our current and future business needs.
For those employees who wish to further their tertiary education, we offer non-refundable financial assistance. The company has also introduced Management and Supervisory Development programmes such as ‘Best Practices in Team Effectiveness, Selling Skills and Sales Management.’
We have developed a very constructive relationship with the Chemical Industry Education & Training Authority (CHIETA), and received a number of discretionary grants and numerous awards as a result.
We continue to spend considerable funds on employed learners as well as unemployed and disabled learners. The latter group comprises of black unemployed females who are recruited from the local community in Port Elizabeth. They receive a stipend for their effort and once they have completed their programme, they are absorbed into the job market. We also offer developmental opportunities to apprentices and experiential learners.