Balancing people, planet and profit
24 000 employees worldwide.
Our Approach to Sustainability
Naspers' approach to sustainability is rooted in a detailed understanding of the factors that make it such a critical issue.
Among others, these factors include:
Naspers employs around 19 000 people worldwide and we understand our responsibility to these employees, as well as the communities in which we operate. We promote the well-being of society, our customers and our staff through a number of initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for these stakeholders.
- We invest in the continuous development of our people to retain a competitive advantage.
- We encourage our employees to contribute to the group’s sustainability and innovation by supporting our community initiatives financially or donating their time.
- We respect the rights of our employees and their diversity.
- We encourage employees to report areas where the group might be failing in its business conduct and values through secure channels.
- We comply with local employment laws.
- We endeavour to employ local citizens in the various countries in which we operate to empower the communities where we have a presence.
- We contribute to educational programmes to raise awareness of our products, and create much-needed skills.
- We conduct business fairly, ethically and with integrity. Our code of ethics and business conduct defines our culture. These and related policies are published on www.naspers.com.
- In South Africa, we support previously disadvantaged businesses by actively seeking such suppliers in line with local legislation.
Flagship project ─ Rachel’s Angels
Launched in 2007 and funded by Media24, Rachel’s Angels aims to contribute towards building excellence in high school education in the Western Cape. Named after Rachel Jafta, Media24’s chair, this flagship mentoring initiative aims to improve the academic abilities and life skills of grade 11 and 12 learners by linking them with senior students at the University of Stellenbosch.
As mentors, the university students are expected to meet their learners twice a month, help them understand how life at the university works and attend workshops. The mentors also act as life coaches by sharing their knowledge and experience with learners, helping them improve their study techniques and self-esteem.
The learners take part in regular campus visits, attending lectures and gaining exposure to the world of business through an entrepreneurial day, for which learners are required to develop business plans and run a small business. The aim is to equip students and learners with the skills they need to play a meaningful role in society.
In return, mentors receive shares in Welkom Yizani (Media24’s BBBEE scheme) and Phuthuma Nathi (MultiChoice’s BBBEE scheme) if they meet all programme requirements − a small, but meaningful head start when they enter the business world.