ATIO, a specialist ICT services company, is proud to announce that it has achieved a Level 1 B-BBEE Status, awarded by Mazars, a SANAS accredited B-BBEE verification agency.
“It has always been our goal to continually improve our B-BBEE status, and after achieving Level 2 status for four years in a row we have finally managed to achieve this new milestone. This recognition comes as a result of hard work and a great deal of long-term planning on the part of the entire business. We believe this is a clear indication of our commitment to transformation, and we are excited about this achievement” says ATIO CEO, Chris Van der Sande.
The fact that ATIO is also a black owned company, means that ATIO customers are now entitled to 135% recognition of their procurement spend with ATIO for their own B-BBEE certification.
“Over the years we have made serious investments in numerous Black Economic Empowerment initiatives, the idea was never about just merely achieving targets, but rather to put in place a viable and sustainable transformation plan to deal with key imperatives in our business,” says Van der Sande.
As part of its empowerment objectives, ATIO has revised and realigned its staff equity, ownership and procurement strategies to stay closely in line with its B-BBEE plan, as well as implementing internal capacity-building initiatives to improve skills development opportunities in the company.
ATIO’s skills development programmes are registered with MICT SETA and it has managed to maintain a close working partnership with the institution for almost a decade.
“At ATIO, we believe that training and skills development should be a business priority never to be compromised, however tough it might be. This obviously requires a huge financial investment and focussed effort, however at ATIO we see that not as a “challenge” but a solution, and to a larger extent an intrinsic part of our culture and what we as a business want to stand for. Looking ahead, our strategy is and always will be about our people” adds Van der Sande.