We believe that by practising Law in South Africa today, Attorneys are in the unique position of experiencing hands-on change management processes. In order to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment, the policy of Black Economic Empowerment ("BEE") is to be embraced, not for the sake of compliance but because we believe it produces true team-spirit and results in greater efficiency by better harnessing the human resources our country has to offer. We would go further and unequivocally state that a BEE policy must ensure the transformation of the culture of companies to the point where they are not simply BEE compliant, but are truly South African at heart.
Our strategy is to actively measure ourselves against the guidelines on BBBEE as published by the DTI in order to achieve the goals as set out by a three year plan which has been formulated in order to comply with all of the 7 pillars of BEE.
BBM Inc employs a total of 45 (forty-five) black staff members, being 52% of the entire staff complement. We believe in building from within and in this way promote training and advancement for all staff. As examples, most of our Candidate Attorneys are from previously disadvantaged communities – in a firm where seven of the eight Directors were previously Candidate Attorneys at the same firm, this is significant.
As a result of the BBBEE guildelines published by the DTI early in February 2007, we urgently commissioned a rating agency to assess our position. On the basis of this process we had a preliminary rating as a Level 6 contributor. We have subsequently been reassessed as a Level 5 contributor and most recently as a Level 2 contributor!