Diversity and inclusion

Transformation in the workplace and equal employment opportunities are important for Barloworld and remain a key focus area. To create real value for our employees and the country, Barloworld is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the demographics of our operational environment.

In South Africa, race, gender and disability are included in our employment equity targets, in line with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) scorecard requirements with the target for all South African operations to achieve a level 4 or better. In our non-South African operations, localisation and gender objectives are set in accordance with local demographics and legislation.


We are making progress against our objective of increasing female representation at all levels of the company by 2020. Moreover, we have specialised programmes such as our women in leadership development programme and women behind the wheel that are aimed at the inclusion and participation of women in key roles of the business across the group.

People development

Barloworld’s key asset is the intellectual capacities and skills of its employees. Employees are central to the implementation and success of our vision and strategy. We aspire to creating an organisation of the future where we deliver employee value by engaging the hearts and minds of all employees so that they come to work with a sense of purpose and leave with a sense of achievement.

Our strategic intent is to build an organisation that adds value to employees as our success is based on inspired, aligned, empowered, results-driven, globally competitive, passionate people who create value through strategic innovation and continuous improvement.

Barloworld recognises that skills development in the form of learnerships, courses and workplace training can provide meaningful opportunities for people to gain access to the workforce. We have a skills development forum to coordinate and align efforts to enhance and fast track skills development initiatives. Some of our skills development initiatives were also recognized through industry rewards.

These included:

  • Barloworld Equipment won the South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA) silver award for the Best Integrated Campaign for its graduate development programme
  • Barloworld Equipment was recognised at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards for its investment in young women
  • Barloworld Logistics won a Canadian Award for its driver employee engagement programme
  • In the 2018 financial year, we invested R72.6 million in employee training, apprenticeships, internships and learnerships.

Code of ethics

This document explains the intention of our code of ETHICS in more detail so that we all understand what it means to be a part of the Barloworld family. It does not replace other codes of ethics in the Barloworld group, and is meant to build on and support them.

Here is what our code of ETHICS means to and for all of us:

Obey the LAW
  • By complying in all areas with the laws and regulations in all countries where we are active.
  • By applying the international conventions relating to the fight against public corruption, protection of workers, the ban on forced work and the work done by children.
  • By avoiding any act or omission that is illegal and exposes us to criminal or civil liability.
  • By avoiding any transaction that may be illicit, illegal or irregular.
  • By supporting fair global practices which are critical to promoting free trade and enterprise.
  • In our dealings with all our stakeholders and prohibit the solicitation and acceptance of direct or indirect gifts of a significant value.
  • By not contributing Barloworld resources to any particular political party or subscribing to any particular political views.
  • By avoiding any situation in which your independent business judgement might appear to be compromised.
  • By providing all our stakeholders with transparent and appropriate information and accurately recording our activities.
  • By applying the universally accepted principles of honesty and integrity in order to safeguard our reputation and relationships with all our stakeholders.
  • By not stealing or unlawfully using information, materials, products or the intellectual property of others.
RESPECT others
  • We do not discriminate, for any reason whatsoever.
  • We treat everyone with dignity and complete respect.
  • We are committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment by following safe work procedures and practices.
  • By implementing a policy of management and continuous improvement of our facilities and operations to ensure the protection of the environment.
  • By endeavoring to research and implement innovative solutions to protect the environment.
  • By engaging in environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.
  • By handling hazardous waste according to applicable international standards.

Remember to use the anonymous and confidential Barloworld Ethics Line to report any unlawful, dishonest, disrespectful and environmentally unfriendly behaviour. It is your right and duty to do so.

You can also refer to your executive director or any other executive director if you are uncertain about any matter in this document or if you require clarification on any aspect.