An important part of Strauss Daly’s corporate policy is its commitment to teaching and transferring skills, particularly with regards to previously disadvantaged groups.
Exciting projects which are currently underway include the Enterprise Development Toolkit which benefits Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SSME). This introduces and familiarises relevant parties with the legal concepts vital for the operation of a business. It empowers business owners to make sound decisions, and helps protect them against any possible legal pitfalls.
We are also proud to be developing an Enterprise Development Toolkit for small, black-owned law firms. The Attorney Toolkit compiles Strauss Daly’s many years of experience as Durban’s leading law firm and makes this knowledge available to fledgling firms.
Strauss Daly is also committed to its corporate social responsibility which is in line with the company’s social investment policy.
Strauss Daly Ubuntu Policy
In line with the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, Industry Charter and Codes of Good Practice applicable to it, Strauss Daly strives to be a good corporate citizen by continuing to:
- give true expression to Transformation Laws of the Republic of South Africa;
- set and implement Employment Equity Plans that seek to ensure demographic representivity;
- set and implement Skills Development Plans that seek to uplift career parting and a feeder to the Employment Equity Plan;
- assist the Government of the Republic of South Africa in its quest to deliver on the developmental goals to its Citizenry;
- provide empowerment to PDIs through transformation driven procurement (SCM);
- provide sustainable support to PDI enterprises.
The vision sought to be achieved through this Policy is to give true expression to the quest by the Strauss Daly Group to continue to play a meaningful and sustainable role in the betterment of Society.
The mission sought to be executed to achieve the Ubuntu Vision is the creation of a structured institutional model through which measurable deliverables are constantly evaluated against the Ubuntu Mission.
Primary and Foundational Principles
Strauss Daly Group’s commitment to this Policy is a matter of righteousness as opposed to mere compliance.
This Policy shall bind Strauss Daly Group, all entities in which Strauss Daly Group has a direct or indirect shareholding, employees of Strauss Daly Group, employees of all entities in which Strauss Daly Group has a direct or indirect shareholding, service providers to Strauss Daly Group, service providers all entities in which Strauss Daly Group has a direct or indirect shareholding and beneficiaries to this Policy.
The philosophy behind this Policy is active involvement through sustainable programmes for the achievement of the goals set out in the preamble to this Policy as opposed to a mere donation of funds, the latter being easily achievable yet not a guarantee for sustainable development.
The Strauss Daly Ubuntu shall, in conjunction with Strauss Daly and affected entities finalise an approval annual Ubuntu Plan and Ubuntu Budget.
The Strauss Daly Ubuntu Plan and Budget shall be aligned to the key objectives set out in the preamble to this Policy.
The target deliverables for the Strauss Daly Group and other entities bound by or collaborating in the implementation of this Policy shall be:
- Employment Equity: The recruitment and selection of previously disadvantaged women, women with disabilities and thereafter men to the extent necessary to achieve demographic representivity in race and gender participation and the meaningful advancement of persons living with disabilities
- Skills Development: Developing and rolling out skills development programmes that talk to the employment equity targets in particular and employment equity in general
- Procurement: Compliance with the PPPFA and creating modalities/rules for Service Providers to equally comply with the PPPFA on the one hand and support the Strauss Daly Ubuntu Foundation
- Enterprise Development: Targeting and incubating SMME PDI/PDEs through incubation and/or capacitation and/or fee and disbursement discounting arrangements
- Socio Economic: Investing in the enhancement of opportunities for the improvement of quality of life of vulnerable groups, particularly PDI/PDE and generally other women, children and persons living with disabilities in areas of provision of basic care, education, sports, arts and recreation.