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Message from the Chairman

Dear Stakeholders

At Deloitte we take responsible business practices very seriously. We consider it a responsibility to our people and our clients to lead by example. Consequently, it requires that we take corporate citizenship into account, not only in annual reports, but in a way that has meaning every day for our clients and our people.

One of the responsibilities of the Board of Partners and Directors of our firm is ensuring that our partnership is sustainable, which has specific implications for our firm in terms of our corporate citizenship strategy. As a firm, Deloitte has adopted the King III Code of Corporate Practices and Conduct comprising the duties and responsibilities of the Board and Board Committees, and other integrated sustainability matters. The firm is also a signatory to the United Nation Global Compact.

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Futhi Mtoba
Chairman

Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship
In 2009 we saw the delivery of a number of key positioning documents for the firm in the area of sustainability and corporate citizenship. In today’s interconnected global economy, the long-term value and success of business are inextricably linked to the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into corporate management and operations.

We have aligned our corporate citizenship activities with that of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s corporate social responsibility drive.

Global position

Southern Africa alignment

DTT Corporate Responsibility policy adopted by DTT Board

Our firm developed a Corporate Citizenship policy and strategy, aligned with the DTT Corporate Responsibility policy and strategy. This was adopted by the Board.

Deloitte as a thought leader on Ethical Business

 

 

Our member firm is represented on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact Focal Point by chairman Futhi Mtoba.

We are in the process of drawing up an anti-corruption policy with participation on the Global anti-corruption policy formulation workshop.

Community Investment

Our community investment activities are aligned with the global focus on education and enterprise development/job creation.

Operational Sustainability

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Labour practices
  • Human rights
  • Society
  • Service responsibility

Our firm has reviewed the DTT policy recommendations on sustainability issues.  We have adopted a corporate citizenship policy, environmental policy and corporate social investment policy. We still need to adopt a sustainable procurement policy as advocated by DTT.  Other outstanding policies must be adopted in FY2010. In addition, we have collected data from our carbon footprint report and shared this with DTT.

Global corporate responsibility community of practice 

Our corporate citizenship manager, Samuel Payne (Clients & Markets) is included in the DTT corporate responsibility community of practice and plays a key role in updating leadership on progress on initiatives from a DTT perspective.


South Africa remains alive with possibilities. The many challenges facing the continent, Southern Africa and South Africa, call for leadership. We have the ability and we are well placed to turn these challenges into opportunities for the firm. With our reputation as a trusted business advisor, we are in a position to make a significant contribution to our environment.

Dealing with global issues such as the environment, including climate change, human rights and corruption, will require innovation. This presents us with an opportunity by virtue of our role in the profession and expertise in this area. We can add a great deal of value to our clients as they grapple with integrating sustainability into their own business practices. I see a tremendous opportunity, as thought leaders in such subjects, to continue to inform public debates on policy and regulatory matters.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to continued engagement with you in the year ahead.

Futhi Mtoba
Chairman
Deloitte Board of Partners and Directors

For questions or comments: sustainability@deloitte.co.za

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