We contribute to the economic prosperity of society through payments to governments, suppliers and employees, as well as returns to shareholders.
We facilitate social and economic wellbeing by using labour drawn from local communities, and the services of small and medium enterprises situated in the areas around plantations and production facilities. We also have a best practice training programme and, through our corporate social responsibility programmes (in Europe, North America and Southern Africa) together with Khulisa Umnotho our enterprise development programme in Southern Africa, invest in the socio-economic development of the communities in which our workers live.
The indirect economic benefits of our operations impact on sectors including technical, construction and engineering services which are outsourced to a wide variety of contractors. The chemicals industry, in particular, is one of our major suppliers. In addition, the provision of services including the collection of waste paper for the industry and the outsourcing of non-core activities such as maintenance, medical services, transportation, cleaning and security creates opportunities for small-, medium- and micro enterprises.