Liquor firms pledge good business

2019-03-05 06:00
Kurt Moore, Paul Scanlon, Graeme Harlow, Minister Rob Davis, Rico Basson, Wim Buhrmann, Ricardo Moreira and Millicent Maroga signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice by South African Companies Operating in the Rest of Africa.

Kurt Moore, Paul Scanlon, Graeme Harlow, Minister Rob Davis, Rico Basson, Wim Buhrmann, Ricardo Moreira and Millicent Maroga signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice by South African Companies Operating in the Rest of Africa.

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Companies trading in the liquor industry signed Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies Operating in the Rest of Africa at Table Bay Hotel on Thursday 28 February.

The document serve as a guideline for companies to operate in an ethical manner.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and companies such as Heineken, Distell, Diageo, Pernod, Ricardo, South African Liquor Brand owners Association (SALBA) and Vinpro are all signatories to the document.

Some of the 12 principles in the document give reference to human rights, labour practices, anti-bribery, corporate governance and promoting corporate social responsibility.

DTI minister Dr Rob Davies said the guidelines are aimed to encourage companies to align their involvement and practices with the country’s integration and development objectives in the continent and build mutual confidence, trust and benefit for the companies and societies in which they operate.

“The signing ceremony confirms the importance attached by both government and the liquor industry to support the development integration efforts of the continent, as well as to improve the quality of South Africa’s presence and reputation on the continent,” Davies said.

“In line with South Africa’s and continent’s development integration ambitions, the Guidelines represent a proactive initiative by government to promote responsible business conduct and good corporate governance by the South African private sector in their business engagements in the continent,” Davies added.

An organisation that aims to educate businesses and individuals about issues related to personal safety, Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment (Aware) oversaw the ceremony.

Aware chairperson Rico Basson said it is important for businesses to adhere to these principles.

“The 12 principles cover an array of issues like health and safety, anti-corruption, and community development among others. If all parties practice these principles, then a lot of issues will be avoided and these brands will not be seen in bad light,” he explained.

Heineken’s head of corporate affairs Millicent Maroga said that signing the code was a reaffirmation of what the global Heineken brand already hold itself to.

“One of the things we are conscience about as a business is to make sure that in every market we operate, we respect the local labour laws, but most importantly we conduct ourselves in a way that speaks of us as a responsible business,” he explained.

Maroga further said that the signing ceremony reaffirmed that Heineken still respects its own code in ensuring that it conduct itself in a responsible manner.

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