B-BBEE certificates, for the most part, are accepted on face value and in good faith. Many of those receiving and evaluating these certificates, do not immediately identify the ‘red flags’, which would instantly question the validity of a B-BBEE Certificate.
Most organisations who present fake B-BBEE certificates are fully aware of the validity. Historically, their secret has been safe due, in part, to companies not doing thorough checks on the validity or origin of a B-BBEE Certificate. However, as the more stringent ‘Amended Codes’ become the measurement criteria, organisations are putting solid checks in place to ensure their supplier’s compliance credentials are valid. Furthermore, submitting a fake certificate under the ‘Old Codes’ was a matter of poor ethics and judgement, under the ‘Amended Codes’ it is breaking the law.
Delicia Pillay, Marketing and Sales Manager at EmpowerLogic, is the organisations point of reference when validating a B-BBEE certificate. “In the past year, I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of organisations checking the validity of B-BBEE certificates they receive from suppliers during vendor and tender evaluations. I receive about 40 requests to verify certificates a week, from both private organisations and Government. However, out of these requests, at least 60% are fake certificates.”