Social and ethics committee report

This is the report of the social and ethics committee (committee) of The Bidvest Group Limited appointed for the financial year ended June 30 2014 in compliance with the Companies Act and in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements.

The committee is constituted in terms of a charter that complies with the Companies Act and King III requirements and is approved by the board of�directors (board). Copies of the charter are available either from the company secretary on request, or can be downloaded from the Company website.


The committee comprises Messrs NG Payne (chairman: independent non-executive director), CWL Phalatse (independent non-executive chairman of the board) and Ms T Slabbert (independent non-executive director), and Messrs B Joffe, BL Berson, DE Cleasby and LP Ralphs (executive directors).


Responsibilities of this committee are in line with the legislated requirements. The key areas of responsibility are as listed below:

– Social and economic development – Empowerment and transformation
– Corporate citizenship – Labour and employment
– Environment, health and public safety – Ethics and code of conduct compliance
Stakeholder relations – Regulatory, statutory and legislative compliance.

Duties carried out

Bidvest’s sustainability performance monitors the performance of each division against its individually determined targets for sustainability performance, meeting Group-wide requirements and specific industry requirements.

The committee monitored the Group’s initiatives to promote diversity and advance the objectives of non-discrimination. Each division has an appointed transformation executive who, along with the CE of each division, retains ultimate responsibility for transformation in their respective businesses.

The executive responsible for transformation attends the committee meetings by invitation, presenting the progress of the South African companies against the B-BBEE scorecard.

The Group code of conduct’s compliance is monitored through the whistle-blowing facility, the details of calls and follow-up action of which are presented to this committee for consideration. The committee monitored compliance to the Group code of conduct, the results of which are reported quarterly to the board.


The names of the members who were in office during the period August 24 2013 to August 29 2014 and the number of social and ethics committee meetings attended by each of the members are:

Director November 18
March 6
May 29
August 26
NG Payne (Chairman) ^ ^ ^ ^
BL Berson ^ ^ ^ ^
DE Cleasby ^ ^ ^ ^
B Joffe ^ ^ ^ ^
CWL Phalatse ^ ^ ^ ^
LP Ralphs ^ ^ ^ ^
T Slabbert A ^ ^ ^
^ Attended in person, by video-conference or tele-conference.
A Apologies tendered.


Following the review by the committee for the year ended June 30 2014, the committee is of the view that, in all material respects, the�committee has achieved its objectives for the financial year ended June 30 2014. There were no items reported on that would indicate non-compliance to the requirements of the social and ethics committee as required in terms of the Companies Act, No 71 of 2008, as amended.

Signed on behalf of the social and ethics committee by:

Nigel Payne

Registered office South Africa
Bidvest House
18 Crescent Drive
Melrose Arch
South Africa
Telephone: +27 (11) 772 8700


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