The KwaZulu-Natal branch of Metrofile – the JSE listed information and records management business – has received the 2011 FNB KZN Top Business Award in the financial and business services category in recognition of its outstanding performance and contribution to the KZN economy in this sector.
Brad Dallas, GM of Metrofile KZN, says it is a huge honour to be recognised as a leading business in KZN due to the stringent criteria of the awards.
“The criteria for winning this award was drawn from the principles of the King Report of Corporate Governance 2009 (King III) with businesses needing to prove how they have made a positive impact in the economic, environmental and social spheres of KZN.
“Stakeholder relations, goodwill, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, brand reputation and quality of governance are all critically judged according to best practice principles,” says Dallas.
He says Metrofile KZN constantly strives to give back to the province and currently employs 147 permanent staff and 30 contract employees.
“The company recently expanded its capacity by building a third purpose-built warehouse contributing to the local economy and creating more job opportunities. Annually Metrofile KZN contributes over R10-million to the provincial economy.
“From an environmental perspective over the last 12 months in KZN alone, Metrofile has recycled over 540 tonnes of paper. This translates in material terms, according to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa, to a saving of 1 620 square metres of landfill space, a saving of 9 180 trees and a reduction of 540 tonnes of coal-based emissions (CO2).”
Dallas says social responsibility projects are a priority at Metrofile KZN.
“Support is given to charities within the communities in which we operate and struggling organisations such as hospitals are provided with free services, or assistance with building capacity or overcoming major obstacles.
“The combined efforts of the KZN Metrofile team have resulted in an increasingly constructive contribution to the KZN province. This award motivates our staff further to continue their hard work and look for innovative ways to improve our involvement within the province.”
Now in its fifth year, the FNB KZN Top Business Awards have firmly established themselves as a highlight of the KZN business calendar.
The awards are judged by panel of judges that consists of industry and business representatives and results are audited by an external audit company. Businesses are judged according to the nominated companies’ achievements in each of the major sectors of the South African Standard Classification of all Economic Activities.