The continued motivation of employees and management
towards overall productivity enhancement in the business, by
increasing empowerment, is a fundamental feature of the group’s
operating philosophy and is key to the management of risk. This
is achieved through training, development, information sharing
and progressive co-operative contributions to operating methods
and planning, supported by rewards at competitive levels,
including short and long-term incentives where appropriate.
It is the aim of the group to be the employer of choice in
each country in which it operates. In order to achieve this, each
company designs employment policies which are appropriate to
its business and markets and which attract, retain and motivate
the quality of staff necessary to compete.
The group is committed to an active equal opportunities
policy from recruitment and selection, through training and
development, appraisal and promotion to retirement. In Southern
Africa, there is a special focus on achieving demographic balance
across management grades.
Within the constraints of local law it is our policy to ensure that
everyone is treated equally, regardless of gender, colour, national
origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or trade
Reports to employees are published, to international
standards, by the major subsidiary companies and divisions.
More information on the group’s employment practices is
contained in the group’s corporate accountability report 2004,
which is published and distributed as a companion document
to this report.
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