Business & Industry Local youth employment initiative wins global kudos

Local youth employment initiative wins global kudos

SA youth employment initiative wins a global award.



The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, together with the Rockefeller Foundation, has named a South African youth employment initiative the winner of its 2019 Global Impact Sourcing Award.

The award recognises organisations that have influenced job creation in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, specifically in sourcing employees from under-served and local communities. Winners were chosen based on their results and commitment to inclusive job creation practices.

Harambee, the SA youth employment accelerator based in Port Elizabeth, won the award based on its partnerships with government and industry in South Africa to drive job creation for youth employment.

“We are proud to share this recognition with our industry body – Business Process Enabling South Africa – and with our government partners at the Department of Trade and Industry. With their strong commitment to inclusive hiring, we are changing how this high-growth sector can create jobs for South African youth,” said Evan Jones, Harambee Chief Information Officer.

South Africa was named Global Destination of the Year in 2018 by the Global Sourcing Association. The BPO industry has witnessed a 20% year-on-year growth annually for the past four years, which is twice the global growth rate of the industry, and three times faster than countries like India and the Philippines.

“Impact sourcing is no longer about finding a cause to support; it’s a smart way of doing business,” said Debi Hamill, CEO of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. “Today, more than ever, it’s important to recognise responsible businesses. We salute these organisations for their continued efforts and positive influences they continue to make in our industry and in our global communities.”


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