Leading companies enter Year 3 of National HR Standards Roll-out: Are you part of South Africa’s HR Leaders?

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Leading companies enter Year 3 of National HR Standards Roll-out: Are you part of South Africa’s HR Leaders? By Marius Meyer & Alan Hosking

Consistent with the market reaction during the National HR Standards Roll-out during 2013 (phases 1 and 2), the development of phases 3-5 (2014-2015) of the National HR Standards has once again exceeded all minimum requirements for stakeholder engagement and participation. Just a reminder of the five 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.
  4. Development of an HR Audit Framework to audit the standards (2014).
  5. Development of HR Metrics Framework (2015),

Stakeholder participation in this process consists of four types of groups, i.e. the HR standards developers, the HR standards commentators, thirdly the HR Standards Roll-out delegates, and lastly in-house participants.  Some companies were so enthusiastic about these processes that they participated at all levels.

MASS PARTICIPATION
Over the last three years, more than 4000 HR professionals from almost a 1000 companies have participated in either the development, further awareness, audits or roll-out of the National HR Standards throughout South Africa.  Here is a list of most companies involved:

1surance, ABSA, Accsys, Adidas, Accenture, Ariston Global, African Copper Mining, AIDC, Alexander Forbes, Algoa Brick, Alos, Altech, Ampath, Anglo American, Anglo Platinum, Anslow, AON, ARC, Avbob, ATNS, Aveng, Aranda, B&E International, BP, Barplats, Basil Read, Banking Association,  Barloworld, Bearing Man, BHP Billiton, Bidvest, Bloemwater, Bongani Rainmaker, Bothabile Holdings, Business Resource Development, Britehouse, Bruniquel & Associates, Business Results Group, BT Communications, Capfin, CBI Electric & African Cables, Emergence Growth, Chartered Wealth, Chibuluma Mines, CHIETA, China Construction Bank, Corobrik, City Lodge, Coca-Cola, Continental Coal, CSE, CSIR, Central University of Technology Free State, CIPD, Department of Agriculture, Forests & Fishery, Department of Public Service & Administration, 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, EPI-Use, Edcon, Estee Lauder, ELB Engineering, Emergence Growth, Enviroserv, EOH, Engen, Exxaro, Faircape, Fair Price, Fincor Leasing, Flow Centric, FNB, Forever Resorts, Foskor, Fraser Alexander, Fresenius Kabi, Grant Thornton, GFA, Gibb, Givaudan, Glencor Coal, Goodyear, Gauteng Partnership Fund, Gauteng Provincial Government, Group Five, Hatch Goba, H&E Creations, HR Touch, HSRC, Henley Business School, Hilton Worldwide, Heineken, Hollard, Health Systems Trust, ICAS,  Impala Platinum, IMPSA, Invest in Yourself, Insure Group, Interstate Bus Lines, Institute of Production Management, IPSOS, IV Storage, Isoworld South Africa, JCI, JDG Trading, JIC, Juta, JSE, Kalagadi Mangenese, KAP, Kaelo, Keypoint Consulting, Khethimpilo, Optimum Coal, Labournet, LBM HR Labour Solutions, Lepelle Water, Liviero, Letseng Diamonds, LexisNexis, Liberty, Life Healthcare, Lancet, Liquor City, Law Society, MacDonalds Transport, Leisure Options, MAN Truck, Marsh, Metropolitan, MCI, MMI, MMC, Metrorail, Milpark Education, Minopex, Mondi, Motlosana Medical, Mogale City, Momentum Retail, Morecorp, Motse-Motala, MrPrice, MTN, MGI, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Murray & Roberts, Media24, Merck,  Marsh, Massmart, National Ceramic Industries, National Brands, NCP Chlorchem SA, National Credit Regulator, NAMC, Nedbank, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NGA Africa, North-West Development Corporation, Novo Nordisk, Ntshovelo Mining, NWK, Nafcoc, 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, PHS, Primedia, Powertech Batteries, PT Operational Services, PwC, Public Service Association, QBit, Quest, RDL Consultants, Railway Safety Regulator, Redefine Properties, Regenesys Business School, Regent Insurance, Rand Refinery, Rendeals Four Consulting, Retail Solutions, Ricoh, Rio Tinto, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Royal Swazi Sugar,  Sun International, SA Bank Note Company, SABS, Safal Steel Group, Safintra, Safripol, SAICA, SALGA, ARM, Samancor Chrome, Sandvik, Sanlam, Sanparks, Sappi, Sasol, SARA, SARS, Supersport, Scania, Servest, Shaft Sinkers, Sheriff Sandton, Simba, Spar, Spear, Storex South Africa, SA National Blood Service, Strategic Partners Group, Standard Bank, SABMiller, SANDF, Stefanutti Stocks, Strata Healthcare, Stellenbosch University, Talent Factor, Telesure, Trans-Africa, Timken SA, Talent Africa, TCTA, Touch HR, Total Placement Solutions, Pnet, Total SA, TransHex, Transnet, The Human Resource Practice, 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, EY, USB-Ed, UBank, Wits Business School, University of Cape Town.

If your company is not on this list of HR Leaders as supporters of the National HR Standards, now is the time to rectify the situation.  Become part of the HR Standards Leaders by joining us on 17 September.

The launch of the world’s first National HR Auditing framework sparked further interest in 2015.  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.  Several companies have now been audited and a pool of 126 auditors have been trained for this purpose.

It is clear that more than a 1000 HR professionals were directly involved in the process of developing, consultation and auditing of South Africa’s first set of HR 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.  We want to thank the thousands of HR professionals for their enthusiastic support.  However, we want to keep on inviting newcomers to the process, and therefore the 3rd Annual National HR Standards Roll-out on 17 September 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 2013.

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Marius Meyer is CEO of SABPP and Alan Hosking is Executive Editor at HR Future Magazine.  They can be contacted on executiveoffice@sabpp.co.za or on twitter @SABPP1 and @HRFutureMag. For regular updates follow SABPP on twitter @SABPP1 or visit the blog www.hrtoday.me  HR professionals and subject matter experts who are interested to participate in this historic project, are welcome to contact us on chantal@hrfuture.net to book a seat at the 3rd  Annual National HR Standards Roll-out at Sandton Convention Centre on 17 September.  The full programme can be downloaded from www.sabpp.co.za

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