In its quest for continuous improvement to sustain excellent levels of service, Bakers took on the quality challenge and was certified ISO 9001 : 2008 compliant on November 7, 2011 by TUV Rheinland (Bakers is the Largest Multi-Site ISO 9001:2008 Certified Logistics Company with TUV Rheinland). To date Bakers have maintained its year on year certified status
Community upliftment with a focus on providing the under-privileged with access to education is at the heart of our CSI programme. Operating under The Shortts Retreat Charitable fund a number of projects have been successfully implemented and sustained in adherence with our CSI policy.
Bakers has been integral in the establishment of education centres and schools across KwaZulu-Natal. We hold CSI initiatives in high regard, as was done previously by Mr Baker. Apart from the normal business trade we consider this as a core element of Bakers. Mr Tayob, is a true philanthropist, and has a natural character of giving back. One of our core values vested in corporate social investment is assisting with the social needs of the surrounding disadvantaged communities.
The Mpopomeni School situated in Mshengani, Howick, Pietermaritzburg was built for the Mpopomeni township in 2006. Since its construction it has been furnished and maintained by Bakers. This initiative also includes the provision of uniforms, books and a feeding programme which are core essentials for students. The school currently houses a sufficient number of classrooms to cater for Grades R to Grades 9.
Through the success of the Mpopomeni initiative, Bakers undertook the building of a second school in 2008. Situated 40km out of Underberg, and a further 20 km into a rural village. This school receives the same benefits as its predeccessor, accomodating learners from Grade R to Grade 7. Due to the harsh winters experienced in these areas food hampers and blankets are distributed to these communities annually.
Enterprise Development Initiative
Bakers has embarked largely on EDI to assist in the development of small enterprises to be self sufficient. This in turn has successfully created employment due to the success and growth of these enterprises.
At Bakers, we are aware of the impact the logistics industry has on the environment and have incorporated our green initiatives into our corporate strategy, with ongoing assessment to ensure that we continuously reduce our carbon footprint. The trucking industry’s carbon footprint is nothing new to Bakers SA Limited – we fitted aerokits to our vehicles long before the rest of the SA trucking industry realised the benefits and fuel savings inherent in using them.
Another project has been the importation of three ‘blue efficient’ Atego vehicles. These were further ‘greened’ by the local fitment of a specialised body and full aerodynamics.
98% of the Bakers fleet has technically advanced Euro 3 engines to ensure that minimum emission standards are achieved, and we are now moving towards Euro 5 with further reductions in emissions.
Other initiatives to reuse, reduce and recycle have been adopted at all sites.