Global leader in testing, inspection and certification, Bureau Veritas, has launched The Ithemba Trust, an independent body, as part of its transformation journey.
District Legal Counsel for Bureau Veritas Southern and Eastern Africa, Hennie Knight, said, “Bureau Veritas has many long-established programs, which are investing in skills training, socio-economic investments and procurement; so it was a natural transition for us to partner with The Ithemba Trust.
Aligned to the BVSA strong social awareness ethos, the Trust will focus on empowering females from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with a focus on education of young Black women in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
After graduation, the company will then absorb the young ladies into the business and upskill them with soft skills on work readiness.
Enterprise development assistance will be provided to those that wish to launch their own businesses and work will be subcontracted to them to ensure they can sustain their businesses and achieve success.
“The beneficiaries will include young Black females who will ultimately grow and develop in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Furthermore, we are proud to announce that our journey has culminated in us being recognised 51% Black Owned as well as 30% Black Female owned.”
The company also announced the Trust will focus on beneficiaries hailing from areas in which BVSA employees live and work.
Commenting at the announcement, Vice President: Southern African Region, Sal Govender said, “BVSA is committed to the region and continues to support local legislation. We are proud to launch the Ithemba Trust today and to make a difference in our society. We are creating a sustainable women empowerment program that continues to create legacies and ultimately build a nation.”