We are advocates of professionalism and high standards in all the markets where we operate. Our wide market coverage, through new channels and territories, enables us to offer a wide range of diversified products available for all. We are proactive in adding new businesses to our portfolio in all our locations, in accordance with our growth strategy and to create local employment opportunities. We strive to contribute to local economies in a positive way, and to positively affect the retail market as a whole and the overall business environment in the countries where we operate.
We are also proactive proponents of the benefits of fair and equitable employment and benefit practices, striving to minimize subcontractor labor. The Diplomat Group contributes to ambitious educational and aid endeavors, such as supporting South Africa's policy of black economic empowerment (BEE), a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realize the country's full economic potential while helping to bring the black majority into the economic mainstream. Other social policies focus on education and building skills for life.
In all our facilities and offices, we meet and comply with all international safety and environmental standards and regulations, and are totally committed to treating natural resources with respect. As a leading company in its fields of operation, we play a vital role in supporting and protecting the environment.