A huge highlight of Sea Harvest’s community involvement was the launch of three pre-Grade R and Grade R classrooms for approximately 100 learners in Diazville, Saldanha Bay, in February 2018.
Sea Harvest is excited to see the positive effect that this multi-million rand investment will have on the lives of the children who will have the privilege of receiving tuition and care at the school.
We are equally excited to see the levels of success that the many Sea Harvest Foundation bursary recipients will achieve; in 2017 alone, more than 30 students were awarded bursaries to fund their varied fields of study.
With the Sea Harvest Group’s listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2017, Sea Harvest is determined to ensure that, as it grows and pursues its vision of becoming a leading, responsible and diversified global company, it will continue to look for opportunities to enhance the growth, development and empowerment of Saldanha and the broader West Coast community.
Sea Harvest – Working Hard at Establishing a Caring CI
Many companies speak about building a corporate identity that is relatable and caring towards its employees, their communities and the environment. Unfortunately, it often stays that way – just talk. At Sea Harvest, we’ve worked hard to establish a CI that speaks directly to our principles as a company. We are South Africa’s largest broad-based black-owned and managed fishing company. This is a reflection of our commitment to seeing true transformation through in South Africa, and a pillar of our CI.
85% of our company is owned by the shareholder Brimstone Investment Corporate. Through our primary investors, the financial benefits of Sea Harvest have reached more than a million beneficiaries from previously disadvantaged and impoverished communities. In fact, for many decades, we’ve been one of the largest employers in the Saldanha Bay Municipality area. Today, we are responsible for providing an income to more than 2 000 families.
We also remain committed to sustainable fishing and harvesting practices, in order to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Our fishery has Marine Stewardship Council certification, which is the gold standard for the responsible management of marine resources. This assures our consumers that they are indeed buying from a sustainable fishery. The commitment to adhere to international best practices, and to employ green fishing practices is quite evident in all that we do, and forms another pillar of our CI.
Working with Government to Further Grow Our Reach and Community Outreach
Sea Harvest depends, in large part, on government-allocated fishing rights, to protect the jobs of more than 2 400 employees on the West Coast. Of the approximate 2 400 people employed, 97% are previously disadvantaged. It’s clear to see how we are able to maintain our Level 2 B-BBEE employer status.
Our company contributes to the development and social upliftment of the Saldanha Bay Municipality in numerous ways, a legacy of which we are incredibly proud. As the single largest employer in the region, with additional income channelled to the community indirectly through preferential procurement, as well as through the Sea Harvest Foundation, our impact in the community is clear for all to see.
The Sea Harvest Foundation and a Lasting Legacy
Forming part of our CI is the Sea Harvest Foundation, which manages our company’s social investment programmes. The foundation’s philosophy has grown and evolved over the years, and we see it as a living philosophy capable of growing and adapting with the times. Today, the foundation is building capacity and empowering the communities in which Sea Harvest operates by way of sustainable economic and social upliftment projects.
We don’t just care about the environment that provides us with the incredible resources that we need to provide our products to the world, we also care about our people and local communities. Our Sea Harvest Foundation is nearly 20 years old, and has the aim of contributing to positive social change within Saldanha Bay and its surrounding communities. We have, subsequently, become an integral part of the West Coast region.
To date, we’ve invested millions of rands in projects through partnerships with government and non-profit organisations within the sphere of education, sports development, health, and community and business development. Through the foundation, we are able to support a number of corporate social investment programmes, allowing us to uplift and care for our fellow South Africans.
Giving Back to the Community That’s Helped Us Grow
We take our corporate responsibility seriously, and of huge importance to the Sea Harvest Foundation is the development of various organisations within the community, in which we continue to operate. Our company continues to look at various ways in which we can make a lasting positive impact on our employees and their communities.
This includes learnerships, internships and the assistance of hundreds of students from the West Coast in the form of bursaries. In fact, in 2016 alone, a total of 23 students in various fields of study, including electrical engineering and finance, received bursaries. If you would like to learn more about the Sea Harvest Foundation and our CI, and find out how we are giving back to our people and communities, contact us today.
SEA HARVEST’S SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PORTFOLIO
At Sea Harvest we understand that the success of our business is directly connected to the commitment of our people. These are not just ordinary people; these are the men and women who, irrespective of circumstance and situation, sacrifice time away from family and friends in an effort to positively contribute to the greater good of the brand.
This commitment we know extends far beyond the borders of our company premises. It includes the spouses, partners, children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, grandparents and friends who support the Sea Harvest goals and vision through continued love and encouragement of those employed by the business. It also refers to the community members who buy in to our corporate vision, mission, goals and objectives and help sustain our business through the daily purchasing of our products.
Sea Harvest has, for more than 50 years now, endeavoured to maintain and sustain its relationship with its employees, their family members, friends and the greater Saldanha Bay community. We have remained committed to enhancing, uplifting and empowering our people at every possible opportunity and have worked hard at establishing a mutually beneficial relationship between ourselves and the town. These goals have been at the forefront of the Sea Harvest Corporate Social Investment (CSI) commitment since the very beginning.
It is through our CSI responsibilities that we have focused our attention on the development of key economic, social and environmental initiatives and programmes created with the specific intention of taking the West Coast community and our Sea Harvest employees forward in to a better, brighter future. In 1998, at the establishment of the Sea Harvest Foundation, the company formalised this commitment.
The Sea Harvest Foundation manages a portfolio of projects and initiatives and ensures that the funds are directed towards the key areas of job creation, education, skills development, health and sport. Since its inception, the Foundation has enabled various community-based and community-driven organisations and projects to achieve their goals through financial assistance, physical assistance as well as professional guidance and mentoring. In financial terms, more than several million rand has been made available through the Sea Harvest Foundation assisting in the form of bursary support, sport as well as health and community welfare in and around the West Coast region.
In addition to this, Sea Harvest’s Kids-for-Kids campaign has, since 2010, donated more than R1 million to help fund necessary improvements to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – the largest, stand-alone, tertiary hospital dedicated to healing children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2012, Sea Harvest entered in to a working relationship with the West Coast Western Cape Department of Social Development that has resulted in many life-changing victories for both our employees and the West Coast community. Borne of this partnership, the Sea Harvest Social Development Office, situated in Saldanha Main Road, was established and in less than 2 years, an additional 5 satellite offices were opened in the region. These offices have played an integral part in various success stories including the management of more than 600 cases of substance abuse and childcare interventions, including the removal of children to foster care to date.
This essential service has also been made available to our employees through the Sea Harvest Onsite Clinic where a resident social worker is available twice a week to assist them with any challenges they may be facing. Sea Harvest employees, on referral from the social worker, can now receive free counselling and treatment from any of the 8 state facilities available on the West Coast, thanks to this initiative.
With the assistance of the Department of Social Development, we have also created an After-Rehabilitation Care programme that aims to provide support group assistance to employees who have attended alcohol and drug rehabilitation programmes. These sessions are hosted on the company premises, take place after hours on a weekly basis and are open to all families of affected employees.
In 2015, the Foundation will focus its attention on education as the business prepares to launch the Sea Harvest Pre-Primary facility at Diazville Primary School. Partnering with the Department of Education, this facility will welcome an additional 60 children to the institution and will be available to both Sea Harvest employees and the wider Diazville community.
At Sea Harvest we understand that corporate social responsibility is no longer an optional extra and that it now serves as an integral part of any business strategy and practice. It is for this very reason that we remain steadfast in our commitment to social development and change.