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     n today’s complex and ever-  Meeting Expectations        responsibility, a commitment
     evolving business landscape,   As we look further into the   that extends beyond the realm
  Ithe challenge for corporations,   horizon, another unmistakable   of our core business functions.
   regardless of their size or sector,   trend shaping the future of the   We understand that providing
   isn’t just about staying ahead   security industry is the rising   security means more than just
   of the competition. It’s about   importance of Environmental,   installing alarms and deploying
   ensuring the holistic security and   Social, and Governance (ESG)   guards; it means contributing
   well-being of their assets—both   criteria. Historically, the concept   to the holistic wellness of the
   human and material. That’s    of security may not have been   communities we serve. Through
   where Mi7 National Group steps   naturally linked with sustainability   our extensive array of Community
   in, embracing a multifaceted   or environmental stewardship.   Service Initiatives (CSIs)—which
   approach to security solutions in   But times have changed. Today,   include park rehabilitations,
   South Africa, an approach that has   stakeholders, including clients,   cleanup campaigns, educational
   earned us the accolade of KZN’s   employees, and investors, expect   upliftment programmes, and
   Top Brand in the Standard Bank   businesses to adopt a holistic   strategic partnerships with entities
   KZN Top Business Awards 2023.  perspective that balances profit-  like SANBS, SPCA, and Love to

    Let’s dispel a common myth   making with responsibility   Live—we strive to improve every
                                                              facet of life within the KwaZulu-
   right at the outset: security   toward the planet and its people.   Natal province.
   is not a ‘necessary evil’, or a   Companies are beginning to
   grudge purchase that businesses   recognise that incorporating    This dual approach—to not
   make. It is an investment—an   ESG criteria into their operations   only serve but also uplift the
   essential one—that safeguards   is not merely a branding exercise   communities in which we
   a company’s future, reputation,   but an operational imperative.    operate—doesn’t just make us a
   and operational integrity. As we   At Mi7 National Group, we’re   business; it makes us a partner
   serve a broad spectrum of clients   actively aligning our business   in the truest sense of the word. It
   across South Africa, from high-  model and practices to meet    makes us conscious of our social
   profile, blue-chip corporations   these ESG expectations.  footprint, leading to initiatives
   to smaller, family-run businesses   Consider, for example, how   that align with sustainability
   in sectors like retail, mining, and   advances in technology can   goals, diversity, and inclusion. We
   government, our experiences   contribute to environmental   handpick our PSIRA-accredited
   tell us that the need for robust,   sustainability. From smart   personnel not only based on their
   dynamic physical security systems   energy management in our   skills but also on their personal
   has never been greater.                                    demeanor, ethical behaviour,
                                 operation centers to reducing   and moral values. In doing so,
   Security Challenges           carbon footprints via optimised   we ensure that we’re not just a
                                 patrol routes, every action can   company that does business in   Mi7 National Group CEO, Shadrach Karien (left), and Mi7 Manager Tracey
    We’re living in an age where   make a difference. The scope                             Karien (right)
   security challenges are becoming   for responsible governance in   the community but a part of the
   increasingly complex, thanks to   deploying these technologies   community itself.
   a multitude of factors ranging   is vast. Security companies   The security landscape is shifting
   from socio-political volatility   can ensure ethical sourcing   under the weight of technological
   to advancements in technology.   of components, guaranteeing   advancements, societal changes,
   Gone are the days when static   that their supply chains are free   and new types of threats. In these
   guards and CCTV cameras were   from exploitation or other social   turbulent times, businesses need
   the gold standard in security.   injustices. This extends to how   more than just a vendor; they need
   Today, innovative technologies   we manage our data and respect   a comprehensive partner who can
   are driving unprecedented     privacy concerns, encapsulating   navigate this complex terrain with
   changes in how we think about   governance and ethical behavior at   them. With branches nationwide
   and implement security measures.   all levels of operation.  and decades of experience, Mi7
   Take our Mi7 Surveillance Net                              National Group stands ready not
   as an example—a pioneering     However, incorporating ESG   just to meet this need but to go
   initiative that exemplifies our   criteria goes beyond merely ‘doing   above and beyond, setting new
   commitment to integrating     good’; it has a practical implication   standards in what it means to be
   cutting-edge technology for the   for risk management. A strong ESG  a security service provider in the
   purpose of public safety.     profile mitigates potential social   modern age.
                                 and governance risks that could                            Mi7 National Group has a specialised fleet of vehicles and equipment which
    But what does the future hold   otherwise compromise security.   In today’s world, where   caters to all security requirements, from strike control, priority escorts, VIP
   for physical security? If we look at   For instance, a security company   uncertainty often seems like   protection, and armed response
   the emerging trends, it’s clear that   with a high regard for social values   the only constant, Mi7 National
   Artificial Intelligence (AI) will   will naturally instill this ethos   Group isn’t just offering security;
   play a significant role. Imagine a   into its workforce, reducing risks   we’re offering a promise for a safer,
   security system smart enough to   related to staff misconduct. At   more secure tomorrow for both
   differentiate between a random   Mi7 National Group, our Level   businesses and the communities
   passerby and a potential intruder,   1 BBB-EE certification isn’t just   they serve. And that’s a promise
   alerting security personnel in   a plaque on the wall; it signifies   we intend to keep. 
   real-time. At Mi7 National Group,   our unwavering commitment
   we’re not just imagining these   to meeting these ESG criteria,   E:
   scenarios; we’re actively investing   ensuring we conduct our business   W:
   in research and development to   in a manner that is both socially
   make them a reality. Our mission   responsible and sustainable for the
   is not just to meet but to exceed   long term.
   customer expectations through
   customised security solutions   Social Responsibility
   built on a foundation of service   Yet, what truly sets us apart
   excellence, diligence, honesty, and   is our commitment to social                        Mi7 National Group also has a specialised Emergency Medical Services
   integrity.                                                                               division to ensure their clients’ safety, as well as their wellbeing.

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