Consulting engineers embracing transformation

Consulting engineering practice UWP Consulting has achieved Level 2 contributor status on the Department of Trade and Industry’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard, with a 125% score on preferential procurement.

UWP has moved up from Level 4 in 2009 and 2010 with the most significant improvements in its scores being for enterprise development and socio-economic development. The company also scored well in black ownership, due partly to a shift in ownership by black women, as well as in skills development and preferential procurement, receiving maximum points allocation for the latter.

Commercial director Gareth Coleman, says, “One of the pillars of UWP’s current business strategy is ‘deepening transformation’, an imperative that aims not simply to achieve compliance but to lead the industry in transformation.

“We have put a concerted effort into this, appointing a senior person to drive BEE as well as BEE champions in each of our 14 South African offices and addressing the issues around transformation in interactive staff workshops. We have also ensured that responsible employees are familiar with the relevant acts and the Construction Industry Charter. All of this is now beginning to bear fruit.

“While the score is a reflection of how we have changed, UWP is committed to embracing change rather than chasing scores. As a responsible corporate citizen we wish to play a meaningful role in the transformation of South African business and in improving the lives of ordinary citizens,” Coleman says.

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