Posted on :
2 Sep, 2021
2 Sep, 2021
Responsible for coordinating the environment, sustainability and social initiatives and the compliance to investor and regulatory requirements as well as developing, implementing, monitoring organisational environmental, sustainability and governance (‘ESG’) management systems and align these with the risks associated with the business.
Job Title: Group: Environmental & Social Governance (ESG) Manager
Location: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Reference #: 210818
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Market Related
Ensure that every Operating Company of LIT complies with Environmental, Health, Safety and Social responsibility Laws in their respected countries.
Strategy for Environment, Health, Safety & Social:
Guides management into drafting of policies, guidelines related to sustainability programmes affecting the environment, health, and social responsibility of the organisation and to implement these across the Group. Articulate an ESG strategy that it is directly tied to the business’ strategies and goals. Develop and execute corporate sustainability initiatives and strategies against global best practice. Develop annual and long-term sustainability goals aligned to best global practice guidelines and standardsESG goals
Working Conditions & Labour Rights:
Ensure that no Operating Companies, contractors or suppliers employ or make use of forced labour in accordance with ILO Convention No.29 (Forced Labour) and ILO Convention No. 105 (Abolition of Forced Labour). Ensure that none of our Operating Companies , contractors or suppliers employ or make use of child labour in accordance with ILO Convention No. 138 (Minimum Age) and ILO Convention No. 182 (Worst Forms of Child Labour). Ensure that our Operating Companies do not discriminate in terms of recruitment, progression, terms and conditions of work and representation. Ensure that Operating Companies adopt an open attitude towards workers’ organisations and respect the right of all workers to join or form workers’ organisations of their own choosing, to bargain collectively and to carry out their representative functions in the workplace in accordance with ILO Convention No. 87 (Freedom of Association and Right to Organise) and ILO Convention No. 98 (Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining). Ensure that Operating Companies , contractors or suppliers provide reasonable working conditions including a safe and healthy work environment, working hours that are not excessive in accordance with ILO Convention No. 1 (Hours of Work (Industry)) and clearly documented terms of employment, respecting any collective bargaining agreements that are in place or (where these do not exist or do not address working conditions) or conditions established, by collective agreement or otherwise, for work in the trade or industry concerned in the area where the work is carried out. Ensure that Operating Companies, contractors or suppliers provide an appropriate grievance mechanism that is available to all workers and where appropriate other stakeholders, and which includes grievances brought by those affected by the operation of the GroupSafe Grievance Practices. Ensure that Operating Companies, contractors or suppliers implement policies and procedures for, and encourage, the reporting of wrongdoing and misconduct (including breaches of E&S Laws and Business Integrity Laws) by staff, employees and contractors in their dealings with each other or with third parties that includes protection for the reporter and appropriate disciplinary action for anyone found to harass the reporter.
Environmental & Social Impact:
Ensure that LIT and its Operating Companies comply with the Group ESMS compliant with the IFC Performance Standards and develop an appropriate stakeholder engagement plan in line with the applicable IFC Performance Standards (including, as appropriate, the application of Free Prior Informed Consent as part of the investment process). Ensure that LITand its Operating Companies undertake effective and appropriate assessment of E&S matters (depending on circumstances this may include an impact assessment, audit or other process) and an issue-specific action plan (e.g. a resettlement action plan) should be developed for the activities. Engage with all investors and shareholders to identify opportunities to mitigate climate change in line with investor climate change policies. Assess and manage human rights risks which are not E&S Matters, in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the IFC’s Performance Standard.
Community Risk Management. Develop an ESG assessment framework for potential investments, to provide guidance to ensure that any potential investment meets the Group’s policies, as well as investment specific and sector related risks with potential mitigations during the due diligence phase.
E&S Management System:
Maintain an E&S organisational structure to be responsible for the implementation, operation and continual improvement of the E&S Management System. Implement, maintain and continuously improve the E&S Management System, including deploying employees of sufficient expertise and seniority as is necessary for this purpose. The E&S Management System must be supervised by the Nominations, Governance and Ethical Responsibility Committee. Supervision of the E&S Management System – Governance Committee, overseeing implementation of the E&S Action Plan, Quarterly reports to the Board on any material issue that has arisen as a result of the operation of the E&S Management System, ensuring that the Group has the systems and resources (including employees of sufficient expertise and seniority) to understand and determine the applicability, relevant Systems and Accountable Resources. Examining policies and procedures relating to the E&S Requirements and their implementation and making recommendations for their improvement to the Board. Considering quarterly reports from management on the implementation of the E&S Action Plan. Considering E&S impact assessment reports on new projects or acquisitions; the Nominations, Governance and Ethical Responsibility Committee shall be empowered to veto bids where the reports advise that in CDC’s reasonable opinion there is a material risk that the transaction, if consummated, would cause the Group to be in breach of the E&S Requirements and Risk Management Register. Appointing consultants to investigate alleged breaches of the E&S Requirements or the related policies and procedures of the Group.Carry out ESG risk assessments/audits throughout the organisation.
Opportunities for Improvement:
Ensure that each Group Operating Company consider the potential for positive environmental, social and governance impact from their activities and, where appropriate to that Group Operating Company, it should consider adopting, developing or marketing – products, services, skills or employment opportunities that could benefit community stakeholders; community advancement solutions; a working environment and terms of employment that provide opportunities for work that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in the workplace, good prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men; fair, transparent and good Business Practices;Employment practices that promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment andGender Equality Practices. Resource efficient, greenhouse gas reducing or low carbon technologies or working practices.Develop and implement internal and external communication strategies to ensure alignment of goals throughout the organisation.
E&S Breaches & Claims:
Report and Inform investors and shareholders of any claim, proceeding or investigation by a person in respect of any E&S Laws or Business Integrity Laws being commenced or threatened against any Group Operating Company or any facts or circumstances which will or are reasonably likely to result in such claim, proceeding or investigation being commenced; any written notice or other allegation received by, or brought to the attention of, any Group Operating Company to the effect that a Group Operating Company has breached any ESG Requirement;Notice record & status; any actions which may constitute a Financial Malpractice committed by or on behalf of any Group Operating Company; and Financial malpractice record & status; any enquires from government enforcement authorities concerning any act that may constitute a Financial Malpractice by or on behalf of any Group Operating Company.
Cooperate in good faith with investors and shareholders in determining whether a breach has occurred. Respond promptly and in reasonable detail to any request for information from investors and shareholders and provide documentary support for the response if requested.
Serious incidents: notify investors and shareholders of serious Incidents promptly and supply a report to investors and shareholders.
Ensure Operational compliance to local Laws and Regulation. Effective execution and implementation of an ESG Strategy based on ongoing assessment and Management report integration.Ongoing monitoring and reporting on fair labour practices across the Operation. Ensure Operational compliance to Environmental and Social requirements. Maintain and continually improvement an Operable E&S Management system, including structure, governance and controls. Ongoing elevation and promotion of good E&S Practices and implementation of improvement solutions.Ongoing monitoring and reporting on E&S compliance and/or non-compliance across the entire Operation.
BSc in Environmental or Social Management; IFC Performance Standards Training mandatory
Certification in the ISO 14001 and 45001 Standards and HSE Principles advantageous
5 years’ experience in Environmental, Health, Safety and Social Management System experience mandatory
5 years’ experience in Group E&S Management experience, ideally with Operating Companies in Africa
Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards experience. ESG expertise including regulatory and industry initiatives
Knowledge and experience in Environmental and Social Management Systems; Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards; Financial Investor Requirements: Environmental and Social; Due Diligence Assessments; ESG Construction Implementation; International African Experience; Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment knowledge; understanding the E&S Acts and Regulations application to countries within Africa (LTH operating countries especially)
Application Deadline: 08/09/2021