Webhelp were proud to attend the recent Co-op Virtual Supplier Recognition Event. The first of its kind to thank and celebrate over 90 suppliers who work with the Co-op, the event recognised the work done in supporting the Co-op vision for Co-operating for a Fairer World.

The event saw Webhelp announced as the winner of the Community Champions category, which acknowledged a supplier who has gone above and beyond to deliver a positive change, in recognition for their work with Blossom Care Solutions.

Blossom Care Solutions is a social enterprise that exists to combat issues brought about by period poverty in South Africa, whilst also investing in sustainable job creation. Aiming to increase access to sanitary pads for girls and women in township and rural markets whilst educating communities to create positive awareness and take away the stigma around menstruation, Webhelp joined forces with the Co-op to fight this national problem by supporting the set-up of a Blossom factory in Alexandra, Johannesburg in 2021.

Employing six previously unemployed young women to lead the businesses under a social franchise model and produce enough pads to eliminate period poverty for thousands of school girls each year, Brandon Aitken, Global Strategic Sales Lead for Webhelp, had this to say of the win:

“We were extremely surprised, but absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition from the Co-op. The work of Blossom Care Solutions is crucial to tackling period poverty in township and rural communities. The Webhelp team, who understand the impact this has on communities, are proud to have supported the Co-op with launch of the Alexandra factory last year whilst assisting in the creation of sustainable and long term job opportunities.”

Unemployment remains a pivotal issue in South Africa. As a community-driven company, Webhelp’s mission is to make business more human through our Global 2022 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, focused on forming even stronger ties with local non-profit organisations and communities.

Cathy Kalamaras, People Director, South Africa & Projects, added:

“ESG is extremely important to us, both at a global and regional level, and especially to a people-focused business, as it helps us do business better by being more efficient, resourceful and thoughtful in our processes. Following our impact sourcing successes we’re even more firmly focussed on identifying meaningful initiatives that have a direct impact on disadvantaged individuals and their immediate environments, and in doing so strengthening ties to our local communities.”