HR VOICE II STRATEGY:
The following strategic model has been approved for SABPP from 2016-2018 (the term of the 12th Board).
The 4P’s strategic model consists of 4 main elements guiding SABPP as a professional body driving HR Professionalism from the outside-in:1. The 4 pillars of a professional body: Knowledge, Ethics, Governance, Duty to society (based on Master’s degree dissertation of previous CEO of SABPP, Huma van Rensburg - UP and PhD thesis of Penny Abbott - UJ); 2. The 4 principles or values of our professional code (Responsibility, Integrity, Competence, Respect); 3. The top 6 products of SABPP (HR Standards, Audits, Competencies, Metrics, Academy, Quality Assurance); 4. The 7 strategic priorities forming the acronym HR Voice (HR Governance, Research, Value & Visibility, Optimising alliances, Innovation & Technology, CPD, Excellence).
Key changes from HR Voice I to II are as follows:
- The 4 pillars of the profession are retained but self-governance changed to “governance” only (to emphasise our commitment to integrated thinking in improving our own governance as a professional body);
- Our 4 values (or principles guiding our behaviour) are made explicit in the model;
- Human Resource Development replaced with HR Governance (to reflect our strategic assurance role with standards, audits, metrics, competencies and to move all HRD elements to Quality Assurance and under CPD where relevant);
- Technology is added to Innovation (to make the strategic importance of technology more visible);
- Open for alliances is replaced with Optimising alliances (depicting the shift from open collaboration to more specific and value-adding alliances – rather less alliances that are focused and delivering more benefits);
- Active citizenship is added at the bottom of the model (as the foundation for making a difference to the country and its people – e.g. HR Citizen Initiative).
SABPP STRATEGIC PLANNING FRAMEWORK (2016-2018)
The SABPP Management team and some of the Board Members (Mpolai Liau, Karel Stanz, Thandi Thankge, Frank de Beer) participated in a strategic planning session on 18 April 2016. Prior to that the management team brainstormed their inputs for refining the strategy. The purpose of the expanded Board/Management strategic session was to execute the Board mandate of reviewing the current HR Voice strategy implemented from 2011 to 2015 and to consider improvements or refocus for the next cycle of strategic formulation and implementation (2016-2018) by the new Board of SABPP. The session was facilitated by a Governance, Risk and Compliance Specialist, Advocate Nomsa Wabanie-Mazibuko MHRP. The SABPP Board approved the new vision, mission and strategy in August 2016.
NEW MISSION STATEMENT
To lead and give a credible voice to the HR profession based on clear standards of governance, quality assurance and professionalism in human resource management and people practices in the workplace. Our key focus is on adding value and contributing to the sustainability of organisations.
NEW VISION STATEMENT
To be a world-respected HR professional body, leading the way with people practices standards, professional competence and active citizenry.
The current values of SABPP were developed a few years back by the SABPP Board and previous CEO in consultation with Prof Freddie Crous (University of Johannesburg) and Prof Leon van Vuuren (Ethics Institute). The strategy working group reviewed the current values and agreed that it is still relevant:
M aking the transition from the previous logo that was traditional and stern to depict mainly our professional registration and quality assurance roles, the new brand represents a modern, vibrant and dynamic look and feel to illustrate the new role and strategy of SABPP. However, SABPP still ensured that the new brand integrates its two major roles, and that is quality assurance of learning according to our SAQA mandate as an ETQA, but also the standard-setting role of the HR professional body..
The tagline “setting HR standards” encompasses both the professional body and learning quality assurance roles of SABPP. Admittedly, a name change was considered at one stage, but it was decided not to go ahead with this process given the fact that the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.
The Board felt that a name change would pose more risks than opportunities, especially in view of the thousands of certificates that have already been issued over the last thirty years, both in terms of the professional registration of HR professionals, as well as formal certificates of learning issued. Ultimately, this would be in the interest of learners, learning providers and professionals. Chairman, Elizabeth Dhlamini-Kumalo asserts: “We decided not to make any fundamental changes to our name, but rather to continue changing our strategy and delivery model.
However, a major shift from the past is that we have dropped the words “South African” and now simply refer to SA in our name. This was done for two reasons based on our market analysis. Firstly, the overall name was too long, and did not fit in one line when completing forms or other documentation. Second, and most importantly, building on the launch of a SABPP chapter in Lesotho last year, and our new focus on a more global HR model, we have decided to downplay the notion of South African at the core of who we are and what we do.
Yet, the SA still represents our South African heritage and rich history in addition to continue fulfilling our SAQA mandate as the HR quality assurance body for South Africa. In terms of our new growth model, the SA now represents a stronger focus on Southern Africa as a region in view of the increased interest from HR professionals in neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland.
In time, and building on relationships currently being established the SA may even constitute Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, we are celebrating our South African focus, but extending our footprint much wider, while also being mindful of a growing number of South African expatriates and other professionals continuing doing excellent HR work throughout the world.”