Accessing Large Corporations & Linkages
Access to markets, business opportunities and corporations are crucial for SMME’s to survive and to be sustainable. The Business Associate is an agency of the South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC).
The SASDC is a corporate led movement for sustainable, mutually-beneficial linkages between large corporations and competitive black enterprises. It is the first of its kind in South Africa, and is affiliated with a global network of five supplier diversity councils. The goal of the SASDC is to facilitate business to business linkages between its corporate members and bona-fide Black Owned Business Enterprises geared towards becoming long-term, qualified entities capable of competing in the national and international economic mainstream.
The SASDC is for business owners who are serious about growing a sustainable business and increasing their supply to corporates in South Africa. The SASDC implements a rigorous black supplier certification process and maintains a database that is approved by the Council’s members as a collectively endorsed methodology and standard for assessing and certifying black suppliers with whom they would be prepared to transact. The existing members of the Council are ABSA, Barloworld, Cummins, De Beers, First Rand, Foskor, Johnson Controls Facilities Management, Rand Water, Sasol, South African Breweries, Standard Bank, Unilever, IBM, Cisco, Drake & Scull, Afrox, Anglo-American, Pzifer, Mutual & Federal, BP, Shell, Coca-Cola and Transnet.
Applicant businesses that are successfully certified are loaded onto the SASDC Black Supplier Information System (BSISYS) database.