Bureau Veritas Southern Africa, the global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification, continues to spark interest in the Southern Africa professional working environment. The company, renowned for services and innovative solutions to ensure client products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility; has notched up a few more points on the women’s empowerment and social responsibility agendas. 

The company has, in recent months, under the direction of renowned leader Ms Sal Govender, increased their female leadership gender dynamic considerably. Commenting during Women’s Month in South Africa, VP of Bureau Veritas Southern Africa, Ms Govender said: “Increasing the numbers of women in female leadership roles has been high on the Bureau Veritas agenda globally; and in Southern Africa, we are taking great strides to allow more women to show their mettle both inside and out of the boardroom. We now have an engaging team of men and women on our executive that compliment each other beautifully, ensuring our company is run like a well-oiled machine! Everyone brings their uniqueness to the table, thereby super-powering the outcome.” Women from various professional backgrounds, ethnicities and countries add intelligence and relevance to the engineering and scientifically driven testing, inspections and certification powerhouse. Govender herself was voted by Elle magazine in 2015 as one of South Africa’s top women to work for and is a strong advocate of community building through education and social upliftment initiatives. 

The executive leadership team of the company now enjoys a healthy gender and demographic balance which has made a positive impact on the company culture and employee morale. The company has recently completed a month-long corporate societal campaign embracing community building and giving back to those less fortunate. Mandela 

Day on 18th July formed an integral part of the weekly community activities around the country, paying homage to President Nelson Madiba for his inspiration and encouragement to make a difference. In 2020 the campaign will be rolled out into various African countries to further cement the culture of making a difference. 

In June 2019, under Govender’s leadership, the company launched the Ithemba Trust, a women’s empowerment body involved in projects benefiting girls and young women in South Africa. Aligned to the Bureau Veritas Southern Africa’s strong social awareness ethos, the Trust focuses on empowering females from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with a focus on education of young Black Women in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. After graduation, the company will absorb the young ladies into the business and upskill them with soft skills on work readiness. Enterprise development assistance will be provided to those that wish to launch their own businesses and work will be subcontracted to them to ensure they can sustain their businesses and achieve success.  The Trust focusses on beneficiaries hailing from areas in which Bureau Veritas South Africa employees live and work. To date the trust has provided two full bursaries for students Keletso Moekona and Sanelisiwe Mabaso to study a BEng Mining at the University of Johannesburg and BSC Biological Sciences at Wits University respectively. 

Bureau Veritas is an avid supporter of promoting women in the workplace that will add value and gravitas to the brand and its success. Building communities and creating a sustainable future remain high on the company’s priority list. Passionate about people and improving the lives of others, Govender concluded: “We are dedicated to creating legacies and ultimately building a nation. We are poised to improve the lives of women; the backbone of society and thereby bringing a steady balance to communities and workplaces.”

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