Performance data

Social capital – Society

  2017 2016 2015 2014 201321
Value added statement (unaudited) Rm Rm Rm Rm Rm
Turnover 172 407 172 942 185 266 202 683 169 891
Less: Purchased materials and services 98 697 106 473 102 837 (116 746) (95 958)
Value added 73 710 66 469 82 429 85 937 73 933
Finance income 2 639 2 328 3 331 5 364 2 735
Wealth created 76 349 68 797 85 760 91 301 76 668
Employees 26 872 26 372 24 370 30 747 23 033
Providers of equity 9 767 12 482 14 185 24 085 11 624
Providers of loan capital (interest) 6 029 4 593 3 348 2 455 2 108
Direct taxes paid to government 7 134 8 332 8 830 12 929 11 337
Reinvested in Group 26 547 17 018 35 027 31 085 27 566
Wealth distribution 76 349 68 797 85 760 91 301 76 668
Number of employees for the period 30 900 30 100 30 919 33 400 33 746
Turnover per employee 5 579 514 5 745 580 5 991 978 6 068 353 5 034 404
Value added per employee 2 385 437 2 208 272 2 665 966 2 572 964 2 190 867
Wealth created per employee 2 470 841 2 285 615 2 773 699 2 733 563 2 271 914
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
B-BBEE verification certificate, with a goal of reaching at least a level 4 status by 2020^ Level 8 Level 8 Level 4 Level 3 Level 4
Preferential procurement (score out of 25)** 14,9 12,4 18,6 18,7 17,9
Preferential procurement (R billion) from all suppliers*** 38,0 17,8 36,9 33,4 28,6

^ In 2016, in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry’s revised Codes of Good Practice, our B-BBEE contributor status declined to level 8 from level 4. We view B-BBEE in South Africa as a business imperative and have embarked on a project to realise over time the goals envisaged by the revised codes.

a All data from ORYX GTL excluded as they report separately.

b All data from Sasol Solvents Germany excluded due to the sale of the operations.

c All data from our operations in Iran excluded due to the sale of the operations.

* Total production (external sales) restated for 2015 due to further refinement in the methodology and alignment with the operating model, reduced from 20 855 kilotons.
This has a direct effect on the GHG intensity also restated for 2015.

** Score changed in 2016 to 25 as a result of the new code, previous years it was out of 20. The new qualification methodology pertaining to the B-BBEE recognition level contributed to the lower score during 2016 and 2017. Specific strategies and action plans are being implemented to assist Sasol in achieving a level 4 status by 2020.

*** The increase in the preferential procurement number is due to more new B-BBEE certificates and affidavits being received from suppliers.

NR: Not reported

+ Assurance refers to the 2017 parameters independently verified by the external assurance provider in 2017, in accordance with the statement provided here.

1 Global Headcount (HC) refers to employees that are assigned to approved Sasol organisational structure Staff Establishment positions, including permanent and non-permanent structures (project positions, non-permanent employee positions) as well as individuals that exist outside of formally approved Sasol organisational structures. These actual headcount figures are not tracked by Group Organisational Design (OD).

2 The Recordable Case Rate (RCR) is a measure for reporting work-related injuries. The RCR is the number of fatalities, lost workdays cases, restricted work injuries and medical treatment cases for every 200 000 employee hours worked.

3 A fire, explosion or release (FER) incident is registered as ‘significant’ when it meets any of the following criteria: (i) it involves a fatality or lost workday case; (ii) it results in damage of more than US$25 000; or (iii) it causes a release in excess of the relevant threshold quantity for that chemical as defined by the Centre for Chemical and Process Safety (CCPS).

4 Illnesses are recorded as work-related as a precautionary measure. The various evaluation authorities may subsequently classify them as not work-related, in which instance they are removed from the records. In addition, service provider illnesses have been recorded. Reversible and irreversible occupational diseases are now separated and additional reporting categories have been included to enable a comprehensive disease overview required for continuous improvement and a proactive approach in occupational health management.

5 Investment in employee learning excludes the compulsory 1% skills levy.

6 Black employees refers to African, Coloured and Indian people – for the purposes of South African employment equity considerations.

7 Investment in skills development ramped up during 2017, despite the Response Plan, as committed during 2016.

8 Total product decreased due to reduced production at our mining operations, mostly from their export plant.

9 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been calculated and reported in accordance with the GHG Protocol ( and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 Guidelines. In our GHG measurements, we have included 100% of the emissions for the following joint ventures (JVs): Natref in South Africa and Sasol Exploration & Production International. Data for those JVs where we do not have a significant influence or operational control is not included. An external assurance provider has once again independently verified our direct and indirect emissions levels.

10 Indirect carbon dioxide (CO2) Scope 3 increased due to increased charter flight fuel (Mozambique).

11 VOC indicator of performance decreased due to implementation of projects on the VOC roadmap.

12 Waste: the definitions of waste vary widely around the world. For reporting purposes, we use the applicable definitions of regulatory authorities. In situations with insufficient guidance from legislation, the definitions of hazardous waste are reported if it is (i) removed from the premises for disposal and/or treatment, or (ii) disposed of on-site (eg by landfill). These figures exclude coarse ash from gasification and fly ash from boilers. Non-hazardous waste is waste which requires disposal on a general waste landfill site. Recycled waste is materials left over from manufacturing or consumption, which may be reused or recycled. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste figures have included recycled waste figures since 2013. The data reported in this report has been corrected historically using the revised calculation. The reporting on total waste generated by Sasol has been revised to exclude the reuse of legacy coal ash which explains the significant decrease in total waste recycled from 546 kt in 2013 to 89 kt in 2014.

13 Energy use: all energy use data are calculated at the standard measurement unit in gigajoules (GJ) to ensure standard calculation the Group.

14 Feedstock to electricity (self-generated) reduced at SSO and SO due to various problems at steam stations (wet coal, ash hoppers) causing low steam availability for generation. The value is also lower due to less natural gas consumed at SGEPP and lower coal consumption at Steam Stations.

15 Mobile fuel use increased due to increased use of vehicles during shutdowns.

16 Material use: all material data are calculated at the standard measurement unit of kilotons (Kt) to enable calculation of input material across the Group.

17 Natural gas (material use) reduced due to better quality of pure-gas produced and used in the plant.

18 Managing land use and biodiversity: we do not have operations in areas that have been declared biodiversity hotspots (areas identified as being critical or endangered eco-regions). However, we do have interests in areas of potential sensitivity, particularly as part of some of our upstream exploration and extraction activities. In accordance with our environmental management practices, the protection of biodiversity issues is addressed formally in new projects through environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and in existing projects through environmental management plans and/or programmes (EMPs). We are also working to assess the biodiversity of the habitats in land currently owned, leased or managed throughout the Group.

19 Underground mining area exclude pillars left underground and have been restated for the period 2013 – 2016.

20 Legal compliance: the figure includes significant fines and penalties for non-compliance with all applicable international, regional, national and local laws and regulations associated with safety, health and environmental issues. Payments include fines due to non-compliance with laws, regulations and permits, compensation payments and regular proactive payments made as a result of non-compliance with regulations where there is a potential for any enforcement action. The payments do not include levies, or costs for lawyers and product liabilities. For more information on competition matters, please refer to the Annual Financial Statements. The fine was at our Sarroch Operations, Italy (15 000 Euro) (Refer here and here).

21 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards.


Our 2017 employee diversity perfomance

The following graphs indicate our gender diversity across the areas in which we operate

Workforce diversity profile1 for our South African operations (as at 30 June 2017)

Reporting legend

Integrated Report
Annual Financial Statements
Sustainability Reporting
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