South African Board of People Practice (SABPP) is the human resources professional body and statutory quality and standards body for the people profession. SABPP has developed 13 Human Resources National Standards that provide guidance on the implementation of Human Resources Management functions, as well as competence of Human Resources professionals. The standards provide a framework for Human Resources service providers, operating consultants and learning providers.
The standards are intended to apply to a broad range of potential users, including organisations implementing HRM systems for the first time and organisations needing to include HR into internal audit and risk assessment processes. The HR department at Umgeni Water developed a strategy and business plan aligned to the 13 standards. Human Resources then embarked on an audit to assess how well the standards are being implemented and identify areas for improvement. The audit was conducted by an audit team from SABPP in September 2015. In August 2016, SABPP honoured companies audited against the 13 National HR Standards, as well as individuals and organisations who supported the HR Standards since 2013.
Best achiever in Talent Management Standard, Best achiever in Workforce Planning Standard, Best achiever in Learning & Development Standard, Best achiever in Performance Management Standard and Best overall score in HR Audit. Umgeni Water was also the overall National Winner for 2016. Well done to the HR team for the excellent performance and for putting Umgeni Water on the map.