The Bidvest Group

Sustainability Overview

remains a core focus area
impacting everything we do.

In the decentralised nature of the Bidvest Group, businesses have varying focus areas within their industries, which are monitored and addressed at the individual business levels as appropriate. Bidvest has indentified key focus areas to ensure we make a sustainable, positive impact on South Africa and its People and the communities in which we operate and the Planet as a whole.

Gillian McMahon
Executive director

Gillian McMahon


114 000 people make up
the Bidvest family

Training spend
increased to
R557,1 million

Four fatalities recorded in 2016

LTIFR for 200 000 hours worked was 1,03

Health and Safety for our people remain our top priority.
Our sincere condolences to the families who have lost their loved one.


The Bidvest Group is involved in numerous CSI projects, aligned to the various industries within our Group.

Our social investment across the Group has now reached R105 million



Our carbon emissions are low and we are committed to preserving the environments in which we operate for future generations.

Our direct emissions comprise


Water usage

South Africa operations
account for 94% of the
Group water usage

Water usage - Mega litres 2016 2015 2014  
The Bidvest Group 2 206,2 2 391,0 2 935,6  
South African operations 2 070,8 2 250,6 2 806,1  
Bidvest Namibia 135,4 140,4 129,5  
Scope 1 GHG emissions by division
Water usage - Mega litres 2016 2015 2014
The Bidvest Group 239 200 tC02e* 280 079 tC02e 274 351 tC02e
South African operations 174 182 tC02e 193 164 tC02e 179 481 tC02e
Bidvest Namibia 65 108 tC02e 86 915 tC02e 94 870 tC02e
*Scope 1 decrease is attributed to: Decrease in diesel used in generators owing to less loadshedding; Namibian fishing decrease in HFO and IF usage; Laundries decrease in coal usage.