Productivity within a context of human rights

How Productivity Affects Human Rights

South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day on 21 March annually. We commemorate those who fought for our liberation and the rights we enjoy today. These rights include equality, human dignity, freedom of movement and residence, language and culture, and life, which applies to every South African citizen.

The rights mentioned above is what’s outlined almost everywhere. Still, it also includes personal privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, political rights, education, healthcare, food and water, social services, the choice of who you want to work for, citizenship, and children have the rights to parental care, shelter and food without negligence, abuse and being forced to work.

Of course, workers’ rights encompass an extensive array of human rights from the right to decent work and freedom of association to equal opportunity and protection against discrimination. It includes health and safety and the right to privacy at work, but it’s impractical if a culture of increased productivity is non-existent and economic promotion is insufficient.

Productivity SA’s role in promoting human rights

Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 (1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014, as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity. We promote a culture of productivity in workplaces, facilitate and evaluate productivity improvement and competencies in workplaces, support initiatives aimed at preventing job losses, measure and evaluate productivity in the workplace, maintain a database of productivity and competitiveness systems and publicise it, undertake productivity-related research and promote social dialogue and inculcate a culture of productivity and competitiveness mind-set in the workplace and all spheres of the nation’s economic and community life.  related For human rights to be upheld, which is every individual’s responsibility, South Africa depends on economic growth. The only way to achieve this is to enforce complete productivity, grow small to medium enterprises, and encourage entrepreneurship. Continuous productivity growth in entities is a significant determinant of sustained output growth and consequently can lead to employment creation, higher labour compensation, improvements in living standards, alleviation of poverty and inequality, as well as a concomitant sustainability of the economy, which all support human rights.

How do we plan to do this?

Unfortunately, the scope of productivity and competitiveness is beyond the capacity of one single organisation. Therefore, we engage in strategic partnerships with shared objectives to create business value. Our approach is focused on 4 categories:

  1. Organisational advantages for sharing and learning the necessary skills and obtaining specific capabilities from the strategic partner. Strategic partners may also help us enhance our productive capacity, provide a distribution system;
  2. Economic advantage for purposes of gaining the advantage of economies of scale, reducing and sharing costs and risks;
  3. Strategic advantages of coopetition to create a competitive advantage by the pooling of resources and skills, the development of new products and technologies, and to pursue joint research and development; and
  4. To gain political advantages. Forming strategic partnerships and alliances with politically influential partners may also help improve our own influence and position.

We have partnered  various business formations such as  the Black Business Council (BBC), South African Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (SACCI), Small Business Institute (SBI) and National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) to increase participation in our Competitive Improvement Services programmes,  refer those going through financial and economic distress to be part of the Business Turnaround & Recovery Programme, to conduct joint productivity-related research and to execute specific projects together.

We’ve also partnered with Provincial Departments of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in various provinces, Institutions of Higher Learning, Government Agencies such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) among others.

These recent and  existing strategic partnerships, coupled with our Enterprise Development initiatives will benefit Productivity SA,  every citizen’s human rights and help the country to respond to the challenge of realising full and productive employment and creating decent work, as embodied in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

Contact us should you need more information on any of the above.