Top companies steer Phase 3 of National HR Standards – Marius Meyer

Consistent with the market reaction during the National HR Standards Roll-out during 2013 (phases 1 and 2), the development of phase 3 of the National HR Standards has once again exceeded all minimum requirements for stakeholder engagement and participation. Just a reminder of the three phases:

  1. HR Management System Standard with its 13 standard elements (2013);
  2. HR Management System Application standards (2013);
  3. Development of HR Professional Practice Standards (2014) – that is specific professional practices such as on-boarding, recruitment and selection, learning needs analysis, dispute resolution, employee engagement, absenteeism management.

The 2014 HR Professional Practice Standards (PPS) set out the operational/tactical processes that constitute good practice in each topic. The Practice Standards give expression to practical issues in more detail than can be covered in the main HRM System Standard and its 13 elements developed in 2013.

Stakeholder participation in this process consists of three types of groups, i.e. the HR standards developers, the HR standards commentators, and thirdly the HR Standards Roll-out delegates. Let me provide you with the names of these organisations so that you can see the level of stakeholder engagement:


On 14 May 2014, a total of 73 HR professionals convened in Johannesburg to develop the HR Professional Practice Standards. The developers were from the following organisations: African Bank, Alos Holdings, AON, Anglo Platinum, Anglogold Ashanti, Bosasa, BankServ, Bafokeng Platinum, BWIE, CBI – Eletrical African Cables, Department of Energy, Emergence Growth, Fair Cape Dairies, Fraser Alexander, Fernwood, GWK, Goldfields, Hatch Goba, JIC Mining, Law Property, LSNP, Manpower SA, Mint Mining SA, Maccauvlei Learning Academy, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Mancosa, Moalo Khotsong Mine, Nedbank, Netcare, NGA Africa, North-West University, New Era Leadership, Ricoh, Safintra, Standard Bank, Sandvik, SARA, SARS, Spire Property Management, Skills Handbook, Transnet, Talent Factor, TransHex, PwC, UNISA, Umgeni Water.


The first set of draft HR Professional Practice Standards were then distributed to the market and comments were received from a wide range of diverse stakeholders. The most prominent organisations as commentators were as follows: Anglo Platinum, Bell Equipment, Cashbuild, Central University of Technology Free State, Department of Public Service & Administration, Eveready, Hilton Green Consulting, IMPSA, KPMG, LG Consulting, Lynn Pamensky & Associates, Metropolitan Health, National Health Laboratory Service, Nedbank, Omnia Group, Sandvik, SARS, Thomas & Swanepoel, University of Pretoria. The draft standards were then improved based on the inputs received from the market. SABPP Head of Research, Dr Penny Abbott consolidated all the inputs and ensured that all the different standards now form part of a consistent Professional Practice framework.


More than 500 HR professionals from the following organisations will attend the 2nd Annual National HR Standards Roll-out on 28 August at Sandton Convention Centre when the Phase 3 standards will be launched:

1surance, Accsys, Adidas, AID Centre, Alexander Forbes, Algoa Brick, Alos, Altech, Anglo American, Anglo Platinum, Anslow, AON, ARC, Avbob, Aveng, B&E International, Barplats, Banking Association, Bearing Man, BHP Billiton, Bidvest, Bloemwater, Bongani Rainmaker, Bothabile Holdings, Business Resource Development, Business Results Group, Bruniquel & Associates, Business Results Group, BT Communications, Capfin, CBI Electric & African Cables, Chartered Wealth, Chibuluma Mines, CHIETA, China Construction Bank, City Lodge, Coca-Cola, Continental Coal, CSE, CSIR, Central University of Technology Free State, CIPD, Department of Agriculture, Forests & Fishery, De Beers, Deloitte, Denel, Dyna Training, Eastern Cape Province – Department of Roads & Public Works, Department of Energy, DHL, Digby Wells, Dimension Data, DRD Gold, Dwarsrivier Chroom, Eastern Cape Development Corporation, Econet, Edcon, ELB Engineering, Emergence Growth, Enviroserv, EOH, Exxaro, Faircape, Fincor Leasing, Flow Centric, FNB, Forever Resorts, Foskor, Fraser Alexander, Fresenius Kabi, Gelvenor, GFA, Gibb, Givaudan, Glencor Coal, Goodyear, Gauteng Partnership Fund, Group Five, H&E Creations, Henley Business School, Hilton Worldwide, Hollard, Health Systems Trust, ICAS, Impala Platinum, IMPSA, Invest in Yourself, Insure Group, Interstate Bus Lines, Institute of Production Management, IPSOS, IV Storage, JCI, JDG Trading, JIC, Juta, Kalagadi Mangenese, KAP, Kaelo, Keypoint Consulting, Khethimpilo, Optimum Coal, Labournet, LBM HR Labour Solutions, Lepelle, Letseng Diamonds, LexisNexis, Liberty, Life Healthcare, Liquor City, Law Society, MacDonalds Transport, MAN Truck, Maravest, Marsh, Metropolitan, MCI, Metrorail, Milpark Education, Minopex, Motlosana Medical, Mogale City, Momentum Retail, Morecorp, Motse-Motala, MrPrice, MTN, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Murray & Roberts, National Ceramic Industries, NCP Chlorchem SA, National Credit Regulator, Nedbank, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NGA Africa, North-West Development Corporation, Novo Nordisk, Ntshovelo Mining, NWK, Netcare, Northam Platinum, North-West University, Eastern Cape Office of the Premier, Open Learning Group, Omnia Group, Otis, OVK, Oxfam, Pack & Stack, Paramount Advanced Technologies, Paramount Group, Penumbra Coal, Pick ‘n Pay, Pikitup, Platreef Resources, Premier Foods, Polyoak Business School, Post Office, Prasa, Primedia, Powertech Batteries, PT Operational Services, PwC, Public Service Association, QBit, Quest, RDL Consultants, Redefine Properties, Regenesys Business School, Regent Insurance, Rand Refinery, Rendeals Four Consulting, Retail Solutions, Ricoh, Rio Tinto, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Royal Swazi Sugar, SA Bank Note Company, SABS, Safal Steel Group, Safintra, Safripol, SAICA, SALGA, ARM, Samancor Chrome, Sandvik, Sanlam, Sanparks, Sappi, SARA, SARS, Scania, Servest, Shaft Sinkers, Sheriff Sandton, Simba, Spar, Spear, Strategic Partners Group, Standard Bank, Stefanutti Stocks, Strata Healthcare, Talent Factor, Telesure, Three Green Apples Group, Timken SA, TCTA, Total Placement Solutions, Pnet, Total SA, TransHex, Transnet, Tsogo Sun, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Free State, University of Johannesburg, Umgeni Water, Umsinsi Health, Unique People Solutions, UNISA, University of Venda, University of Zululand, University of Limpopo, University of Pretoria, Vision Four Trading, Voorspoed Mine, Vaal University of Technology, WBHO Construction, WCGRB, Webber Wentzel, Wits, Wynnbro, Yum Restaurants, Zanaco, Zenprop, Zurich Insurance, Setsotso Local Municipality, Digicore, Sishen Iron Ore, Martin Engineering, Ernest & Young, USB-Ed, Wits Business School.

In addition to all delegates receiving their files containing the HR Professional Practice Standards on 28 August, the highlight of this event will be the launch of the world’s first National HR Auditing framework. The auditing framework provides an assessment tool companies can use to conduct a self-assessment on their readiness for an external HR audit against the National HR Management System Standard to be conducted by SABPP.

From the outline of the above three stakeholder groups, it is clear that more than 600 HR professionals were directly involved in the process of developing, consultation and releasing of South Africa’s first set of HR professional practice standards. These organisations come from all industries and adequately represent the seven categories of stakeholders, i.e. private sector, public sector, parastatals, non-profit sector, HR consultants, HR learning providers and universities. I want to thank the hundreds of HR professionals for their enthusiastic support. However, I want to keep on inviting newcomers to the process, and therefore the official launch of the phase 3 standards on 28 August in Sandton is an ideal opportunity for those who have not yet been involved in the process to interact with the pioneers who have been active participants in the HR Standards journey since last year.

Marius Meyer is CEO of SABPP. He can be contacted on or on twitter @MariusSABPP. For regular updates follow SABPP on twitter @SABPP1 or visit the blog HR professionals and subject matter experts who are interested to participate in this historic project, are welcome to contact us on to book a seat at the 2nd Annual National HR Standards Roll-out at Sandton Convention Centre on 28 August. The full programme can be downloaded from

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