Definition of Empowering Supplier

Definition in terms of the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice of 11th October 2013 (BEE Codes 2013)


Empowering Supplier

An Empowering Supplier within a context of B-BBEE is a B-BBEE compliant entity, which is a good citizen South African Entity, comply with all regulatory requirements of the country and should meet at least three if it is a large enterprise or one if it is a QSE of the following criteria:

a)      At least 25% of cost of sales excluding labour cost and depreciation must be procured from local producers or local suppliers in SA, for service industry labour cost are included but capped to 15%.

b)      Job Creation – 50% of jobs created are for Black people provided that the number of Black employees since the immediate prior verified B-BBEE Measurement is maintained.

c)      At least 25% transformation of raw material/beneficiation which include local manufacturing, production and/or assembly, and/or packaging.

d)      Skills transfer – at least spend 12 days per annum of productivity deployed in assisting black EMEs and QSEs beneficiaries to increase their operation or financial capacity.

e)   At least 85% of labour costs should be paid to South African employees by service industry entities.


BizAdvance Consulting comments and references:

     1. It is necessary to be an Empowering Supplier in order for a BEE certificate to be of any value to a measured entity for the purposes of calculating Procurement points.

     2. Exempted Micro Enterprises and Start-Ups are automatically recognised as Empowering Suppliers.

     3. Suppliers that are least 51% black owned are required to qualify as Empowering Suppliers.

     4. Suppliers that are at least 30% black women owned are required to qualify as Empowering Suppliers.

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