8:44am on Aug 19, 2019
Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive work environment, in which employees are valued, with opportunities for a rewarding career as well as learning and skills development. We aim to recruit and retain a highly qualified, skilled and diverse workforce, with a culture that puts safety first and enables people to realise their full potential.
Our operations employ more than 90,000 people in a wide variety of trades and professions, from miners to mechanics, accountants, geologists, IT specialists and more. We pay competitive salaries that, in addition to a basic wage, include significant variable incentives and other benefits. Recruiting from area communities is a priority, as the employment benefits and competitive salaries we offer enable employees to provide for their families, and by extension, the broader community.
We take an integrated and holistic approach to talent management and our aim is for 80% internal recruitment. Our human resources model (People@Sibanye-Stillwater) is designed to help us achieve our business strategy and promote a CARES values-based organisation. Employees are provided with technical, safety and skills training and development programs that enhance safe working practices, nurture talent and provide opportunities for professional development. Our people strategy includes leadership development and training programs, as well as executive development programs designed to develop a pool of effective and aligned leaders, encompassing coaching, leading for impact, strategy, transformation and stakeholder engagement. In 2018, we delivered the first executive development program for 40 future leaders, which included strategy execution, crisis and change management, mergers and acquisitions and community immersion training.
We aim to build a workforce that reflects the demographics of our host regions and that supports and proactively attracts women at all levels in the organisation. In South Africa we have implemented a number of initiatives to identify, attract, develop and retain historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs). In Southern Africa, 48% of our management team and 71% of our core and critical skills workforce is comprised of HDSAs. We fully subscribe to the intent and spirit of transformation and continue to advance all elements of transformation across our Southern African operations, including employment equity, gender equality, enterprise development, preferential procurement and community engagement and development.
Wages and benefits vary by geography and are aligned with the culture and needs of individuals in each region. For example, in South Africa, affordable housing for employees and education are priorities. In addition to providing single room accommodations for approximately 12,000 employees, we have also provided approximately 7,500 family units at our SA gold and PGM operations and since 2015 launched a home ownership program with a structured bond repayment model under which more than 500 houses have been transferred to employees at discounts to market pricing based on years of service. Employees in South Africa who choose not to live in single accommodation receive a living out allowance.
We strive to maintain positive relationships with both unionised and non-unionised employees. We respect workers’ rights, including freedom of association, the right to peaceful protest and assembly and engagement in collective bargaining. Formal employee engagement structures are in place at all our operations – from shaft and operational levels to those at the management level.
Our community initiatives seek to create enduring value for our host communities beyond the operating lives of our mines.
Nothing is more important than the safety. We believe that every employee should go home safely, every single day.
Joining Sibanye-Stillwater means becoming part of a global workforce of more than 90,000 people.