Detail for CN000(3)

  1. Introduction


The Financial Sector Code requires that all entities operating in the South African economy make a contribution towards the objectives of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). It is, however, acknowledged that there may be Multinationals that have global practices preventing them from complying with the ownership element of B-BBEE through the traditional sale of shares to black South Africans. In this instance, and provided that it can be proven that such entities do not enter into any partnership arrangements in other countries globally, the Financial Sector Code has made provision for the recognition of contributions in lieu of a direct sale of equity. Such contributions are referred to as Equity Equivalent (EE) contributions. Such EE contributions count towards the ownership element of B-BBEE made by Multinationals. The value of these EE contributions should be measured against 25% of the value of the Multinational's South African operations.

Equity Equivalent would entail a public programme/scheme and/or private programme/scheme designed to fulfil the requirements of B-BBEE ownership. Equity Equivalent may also entail a programme targeting investment or any other programme that promotes Socio-Economic advancement/ development within the South African Economy. Such a programme needs to be approved by the Minister of Trade and Industry in order to qualify for ownership points on the scorecard. Where approval for an EE Programme has been granted, the programme and points awarded may not form part of any other B-BBEE element in the Multinational's B-BBEE Scorecard.

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