In recent months, there has been some confusion surrounding the activities relating to Socio-Economic Development (SED) from a B-BBEE perspective, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Let’s look at the definition of each of these elements. Socio-Economic Development (SED) is defined in the B-BBEE Codes, as monetary or non-monetary contributions implemented for communities, natural persons or groups of natural persons, where at least 75% of the beneficiaries are black people. The objective of SED is the promotion of sustainable access to the economy for the beneficiaries. The most common contributions under SED are as follows:
- Development programmes for black women, black youth, black disabled people as well as black people living in rural areas.
- Support for education programmes, resources and materials at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels, as well as bursaries and scholarships.