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Bruce Rowe, managing director of Mpowered Business Solutions, suggests a seven-step process to get started.
1.Understand the Codes:
Familiarise yourself with the Codes of Good Practice. Find out if a charter or code has been finalised for your industry and familiarise yourself with its targets and time frames. These can all be found on the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) website: www.thedti.gov.za.
Assess your company against the current version of the Codes or sector charter with which you should comply.
3.Evaluate your environment:
Identify the characteristics of your industry and business environment that may influence how, where and to what extent your business should empower itself.
4.Review the scorecard:
Match these conditions to the general or relevant sector scorecard to identify where you can boost levels of empowerment in the most practical way (eg, if you buy a lot of raw materials you could score additional points by using suppliers who already have a high BBBEE rating).
5.Develop your strategy:
Draw up an outline of specific actions that will help you to score points in each area.
Set realistic goals and time frames. Refer to your sector charter to ensure that these are in line with those of the broader industry.
In the words of the world's favourite shoe manufacturer - just do it! Don't wait to be asked for your rating before you put a strategy in place. Follow up on your action list and review your progress every month.