Empowering an inclusive workplace in South Africa

We’re very proud to be a top-rated Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) contributor. We’ve worked tirelessly to enable diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and to be the preferred supplier to customers and partners.

A journey of transformation

At Eaton, we believe in the power of many perspectives. We think the benefits of diversity in the workplace make us stronger as a business — fueling sustainable growth that helps our customers, our partners, our communities and ourselves.

As such, we fully support South Africa’s BBBEE program in its goal of addressing the social harm caused by apartheid. The program drives economic inclusion for disadvantaged people across the country and ensures they are treated as equals in business.

We’ve aspired to be a level 1 BBBEE contributor since our first audit in 2012 — and we’re proud to say we’ve achieved this goal.

We relentlessly focus on empowering diverse people at all levels and on building an inclusive environment in our South African operations. We examine how we do business, how we support employee development, and how we work with suppliers. Some of our recent initiatives include:

  • Supporting the development of women leaders with mentoring, training, networking, and more.
  • Partnering with eDeaf South Africa to sponsor signed IT training courses for seven deaf and hard of hearing students annually.
  • Launching a robust graduate program for students and apprentices that emphasizes practical experience.

As a level 1 BBBEE business partner, we can support South Africa’s continuing transformation — in both social terms and by enabling sustainability and a higher quality of life through our products and services.

We can benefit everyone in our own supply chain too, making our customers and suppliers even more competitive — not only financially, but also by increasing their own BBBEE scores.

Last, but not least, we can also accelerate our business success across Africa with the ability to attract varied talent and build higher-performing teams through inclusion in the workplace.

"Our BBBEE level 1 score demonstrates our huge commitment to be the preferred supplier to all our customers and channel partners across South Africa."
Boitumelo, director, human resources, South Africa

Hear more about what our leaders and employees are saying

    "We’ve worked incredibly hard to ensure equality and diversity in the workplace. We want each and every employee in South Africa to feel included, empowered, and welcomed, so we can all contribute our best."
    Seydou Kane, managing director, South Africa
    What is the BBBEE Act? 

    Passed by South Africa’s parliament in 2003, the BBBEE Act aims to address the inequalities many citizens suffered during apartheid. Supported by Codes of Good Practice published in 2007, and later updated in 2013, BBBEE audits apply a range of metrics to assess the level of participation and economic benefits businesses offer to people of color.


    Building a brighter future

    The BBBEE scorecard assesses five pillars of empowerment: ownership, management, skills development, enterprise development, and socio-economic development. Each pillar carries a different weighting towards the final score — with eight levels of possible compliance based on a company’s performance.

    Organizations must score 100 points or more to reach level 1 status. We scored a total of 101.45 points in our most recent assessment, with key metrics including 25.5% black ownership of Eaton Electric (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd in partnership with Lion Pride. Our reaffirmed level 1 status signifies our ongoing commitment to inclusion, diversity, and transformation in South Africa.