Back left to right: Wilhem Swart, Marc Ramsay, Jeremy Thomas, Sihle Maake Front left to right: Eric Léger, Ntombi Mhangwani, Geoff Gregson

Global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric introduced its new company strategy to South Africa’s online and traditional media representatives at its annual Media Forum.

Called “Schneider is On”, it focuses on five key priorities to follow in order to achieve the company’s 2020 vision. These are: Do More, Digitise, Innovate, Step Up, and Simplify. “Our ambition is to serve our customers better by listening more closely to them, thus understanding their challenges and aligning our actions with their needs accordingly,” said Eric Leger, country president for southern Africa at Schneider Electric.

He highlighted that the organisation’s new strategy was all about doing more for customers by connecting with them digitally; being a leader in technology and business innovation; raising the bar of expectations on every single Schneider Electric employee – starting with management, in order to become a high performance organisation; and making it easier for customers to trade with the business, so as to understand Schneider Electric complexity and collaborate more effectively.

“With this programme, we start a new chapter in the evolution of our organisation,” added Leger.

He listed the five enablers of the strategy as Schneider Electric’s transactional business, field services business, regional expansion, mining segment, as well as utility segment.

Leger also used the opportunity to point out the successes it has achieved in its role as sustainable development facilitator, especially the role it plays in creating access to energy for those living in rural areas; and its strong focus on conducting business in an ethical manner.

Mention was also made of Schneider Electric’s South African headquarters building and moving into a “green” building in the Waterfall City district in the near future.