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:
Education and skills
Our approach to education and skills development has a multiple focus:
- Developing the full potential of our own people
- Extending this training outside the group to develop a talent pipeline, and
- Offering learnerships and bursaries to young people with potential across the world, particularly in key fields such as engineering.
Given the strategic importance of technology and intellectual property to our sustainability in a competitive market, skills development is a priority for Naspers.
In our international businesses, mainly our internet operations, we aim to attract young engineers. This means that training and development form a vital part of our strategy of operating leading internet platforms in emerging markets.
Talent with classifieds expertise is notoriously scarce in the markets we operate in. Therefore, we are developing this talent inhouse through our own training programme. The programme consists of general classifieds modules and specific modules for analytics, product development, engineering, marketing and customer support.
Through this training programme we aim to achieve the following:
- promote knowledge sharing
- increase the overall skills level, and
- harmonise our ways of working.
During 2014-15, we will organise 15 multi-day training sessions with a large share of our employees participating.
Flagship project ─ Naspers Academy
In July 2013, our group took a decisive step towards ensuring that all our businesses are equipped with the mindset and skills to excel amid the constant, accelerating and often disruptive change that defines the digital sector.
We started this process by appointing our first Chief Learning Officer and then launched the Naspers Academy. This facility is specifically designed to deliver a series of elite master classes where world-class experts educate and collaborate with our top management.
Among other topics, these classes address the challenges that present us with imminent challenges to our business survival. Eventually, this portfolio of master classes will form our unique Naspers Programme in Adaptive Leadership.
The Naspers Academy has a second role: to capture knowledge from these master classes and make the key learnings available as free online courses to everyone in Naspers.
Finally, we continue to collaborate with learning and development professionals across the group to focus on adaptive skills and co-ordinate standards so that we can compare the skills and expertise of individuals across our different companies. We recently held our first ever collaborative conference. Titled "How to develop adaptive leaders", this event was held in Amsterdam and brought together around 23 learning and development professionals. It is now set to become an annual feature in our calendar.