Woodlands Dairy Aligns with UN Sustainability Development Goals

Woodlands Dairy drives its sustainability programme via the 3 pillars of People, Planet and Profit. As part of our drive to become a world class company, a need to align our efforts to encompass international sustainability objectives was identified. Woodlands Dairy recognises the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals of the United Nations (UN) and incorporated these principles within the pillars of People, Planet and Profit. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal Call To Action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Here are the first few steps in our journey:

GOAL 1: NO POVERTY

Woodlands Dairy and its subsidiary companies currently provide employment opportunities for over 1400 people and is the largest employer in the Humansdorp Municipal District. The employment opportunities created by the company directly stimulate the local economy which provides further employment opportunities for the local community.

GOAL 2: ZERO HUNGER

Woodlands Dairy sponsors a number of feeding schemes in the Kouga Local Municipal area that predominantly provide nutrition to the children and the elderly.

  • SEWENDE LAAN SOUP KITCHEN – About 160 people, children and elders, are provided with food three times per week.
  • JOYKIDS INTERNATIONAL – Young children are entertained in fun programs and also supplied with wholesome dairy drinks.
  • MARGARET’S SOUP KITCHEN – Approximately 80 children are supplied with breakfast and milk daily from Woodlands Dairy.
  • BET-EL REVIVAL CENTRE – This soup Kitchen receives groceries from Woodlands Dairy to feed approximately 100 children and homeless people thrice per week.

GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Woodlands Dairy sponsors a number of feeding schemes in the Kouga Local Municipal area that predominantly provide nutrition to the children and the elderly.

  • SEWENDE LAAN SOUP KITCHEN – About 160 people – children and elders – are provided with food three times per week.
  • JOYKIDS INTERNATIONAL – Young children are entertained in fun programs and also supplied with wholesome dairy drinks.
  • MARGARET’S SOUP KITCHEN – Approximately 80 children are supplied with breakfast and milk daily from Woodlands Dairy.
  • BET-EL REVIVAL CENTRE – This soup kitchen receives groceries from Woodlands Dairy to feed approximately 100 children and homeless people thrice per week.

GOAL 4: QUALITY EDUCATION

EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT

Woodlands Dairy recognises the need to equip employees with knowledge and skills that will not only benefit the organisation, but also provide employees with the opportunity to uplift themselves and forge careers. Apart from on the job training and training related to specialised tasks and functions, the company has a number of specific projects that provide both employees and previously unemployed learners with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills.

ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The company is committed to providing support to employees whose levels of numeracy and literacy creates barriers to their career development by supporting them, via study loans and paid time off, to attend classes.

DEVELOPMENT OF PREVIOUSLY UNEMPLOYED YOUTH

This learnership programme targets matriculated school leavers from the local area who have not yet gained permanent employment in the formal job market. It aims to retain these youngsters who would usually seek to leave the local region in search of employment opportunities. The purpose of the one-year learnership is to teach the successful 35 applicants the basic milk reception principles, dairy analytical procedures, health and safety and best manufacturing processes. The majority of learners who successfully complete the programme are absorbed by the company into permanent positions.

APPRENTICE PROGRAM

Our apprentice programme was initiated in 2011, as a medium to long term project, with the objective of creating a level of self-sustainability by providing the company with a pipeline of critical electrical artisans that are not always readily available externally. The majority of these learners are from previously disadvantaged groups and make a contribution towards the achievement of the company’s employment equity targets.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Our junior management serve as our first line leaders and their ability to act effectively is critical to the success of the organisation. On an annual basis, we select promising and potential leaders at this level to enrol in an NQF4 Manufacturing Management Learnership. Out of this group, high achievers are selected to complete a NQF5 Management Program.

DAIRYMAN PROGRAMME (SAMPRO)

Woodlands Dairy aims to address the need for skilled dairy product makers for the company and embarked on upskilling employees in order for them to be certified occupational tradesmen in production of various different dairy products.

TERTIARY EDUCATION

Employees that have potential and are aspiring to grow within the company are provided with the opportunity to be considered for the provision of financial assistance of part-time tertiary studies.

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