Raintree Solutions – Global Partners in Change Raintree

2018

Thus far 2018 has been an exciting year with projects covering Safety and Security, marketing, Supervisor training, Banking ethics and Compliance, Media company Values Risk, Ethics and a company Launch.

Encompassing Energy, Banking, telecommunications, insurance and community interfacing, Raintree teams have travelled through South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and most recently, Tanzania, delivering various unique, “challenge specific” theatre, multimedia and workshop components.

Our film & media division has produced an Induction program for the Petrochemical sector, security awareness and behaviour training programs for Retail, and hard process training in the Transport sector. It has also produced launch components for a brand new insurance service company.

At the core of all these projects is the unique Raintree approach to Emotional Ownership and the People Factor.

In production for clients in the energy, banking and communications are two new Change theatre processes and a unique Corporate Change Soapie (an innovation for which Raintree received recognition internationally). This innovative vehicle is now being further developed in unique new change, marketing and sales tools that facilitate the human and digital interface with content compatible with the various delivery and access platforms.

As more banks and businesses go virtual and more is transacted digitally it is vital for companies to find new believable ways to touch, to engage and to create successful relationships. This is an area Raintree has spent a lot of time understanding and developing.

With our experience across 22 languages and cultures, we are at the front of the curve, working with an inquisitive and adventurous group of clients, to whom we say: “Thank you and let’s keep pushing for people!”

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2017

Raintree is expanding: we have launched a dedicated Raintree Change division with an exciting new partner – more to follow!

Safety, Compliance, Supervisor upskilling, management motivation, training courses and videos and TV Commercials across oil and gas, banking and insurance.

Busy start!

Petrochemical

• Chevron SA Shutdown

• Sasol New Construction with Fluor and SNC Lavalin.

            o Innovative mobile theatre processes on site. Team building workshops for contractor

               management and EPC.

• Shell HSSE: RT, Terminal and Retail Process Initiatives.

            o Series of attitude and behaviour change interventions.

            o Start of Culture and Induction change project and first phase of retail Change programme.

            o Training ERP (Emergency Response Protocols)

            o Road Safety Pack – Easter Awareness Campaign

            o 12 Part HSSE Video series: Safety/Incident Ownership Safety Stand Down Intervention

As always Raintree focuses on PEOPLE, which is what it’s all about: YOUR PEOPLE whether they are staff or customers!

It’s all about

Perception

Attitude

Behavior

and respecting the many cultures in our design and process.

RAINTREE has been invited to a major USA presentation where an existing global client has introduced Raintree to a significant international player who we will co-service. Exciting.

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2016

 

2016 got off to a rapid Shell start with Hauliers and Depot processes.

Through the year Barclays, Fluor, SNC Lavalin and Sasol projects emerged which ran into 2017.

Barclays came back in a new initiative but uncertainty moved it down to 2017.

 

Petrochemical

• Sasol New Construction

• Shell HSSE: RT, Terminal and Retail Process Initiatives

            o Training: Site Risk Assessment & Customer interface Facilitated Training

            o Training: EVIM Security System Rollout, implementation

            o Video & Theatre: South African Petroleum Industry Association Road Safety Conference

            o Poster Campaign: “Working Safely Together” Safe Festive Season

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Raintree News

The first half of 2015 has been extremely busy for Raintree Solutions and it’s divisions on a wide range of projects.

The commercial division, Catapult Commercials, has recently completed a TV commercial for French brand Garnier and is busy finishing an international, multi-market production for Vanish. On the back of local projects like Hippo, the guys are running!

Film Crew Hippo

Film Crew – Hippo Shoot

The Safety and Change teams have in the last period completed both the big Sasol and Chevron Turnaround shutdowns, working with literally thousands of workers from many contracting companies. Caring for workers safety on their sites, are key drivers on these projects and the most recent, Chevron, was really inspiring in the dedication of its multinational leadership.

Chevron

Chevron Shutdown Safety Play

Chevron Shutdown Facilitation

Chevron Shutdown Facilitation

The Shell Raintree project moves forward having delivered it’s most recent modules and continuing with both Safety and the Supervisor, Interpersonal skills and Hauliers programs.

Film Crew – Shell

Film Crew – Shell

Production team – Shell

Production team – Shell

Shell and Raintree strategising teams

Shell and Raintree strategising teams

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Shell’s commitment has been stellar and the reward has been in the results, with PDOTY (Professional Driver Of The Year) celebrating driving excellence in the Haulier Network.

Vusi Msane(Raintree) performing at PDOTY

Vusi Msane(Raintree) performing at PDOTY

Dennis Kearn(Shell SA), Ré Storm(Raintree), Richard Lawton (Raintree) & Siva Naidoo (Shell SA)

The Raintree team also met with the Singapore Refining Group, a Chevron associated group, in Singapore, during 2015.

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OPENING: The Social Store, Singapore

Whilst in Singapore recently, Raintree Solutions directors Richard Lawton and Ré Storm attended the opening of Indian entrepreneur, JP Singh’s unique social enterprise shop in Singapore, The Social Store. This is the first in an international chain that serves the needs of traditional arts and craft traditions, by creating a market for arts crafts, globally.

Raintree’s relationship will be built around the impact processes that can be put in place.

 

 

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The Singapore International Festival of Arts

The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2014 was launched with a wonderful community participative event at a park in Bukit Timah, directed by Raintree associate, Jeremiah Choy. Through the long association with Singapore via Shell and Spotlight Singapore in Cape Town, Raintree was there.

 

 

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Night Cycling Initiative: SEE AND BE SEEN 2014

 Whilst in Singapore, Raintree Solutions’ CEO, Richard Lawton and ECD Ré Storm also attended the third edition of Singapore’s largest safe night cycling initiative, See and Be seen – seeandbeseen.sg 

 

 

 This year’s edition was opened by Guest-of-Honor Mr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water resources, Singapore, who also cycled in the event, which was supported by the Singapore Motor Sports Association and the Federation Internationale Automobile Foundation.

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Book launch Spotlight Singapore: Business With A Cultural Handshake.

Raintree Solutions’ CEO, Richard Lawton and ECD Ré Storm recently attended the Book launch of Spotlight Singapore: Business With A Cultural Handshake, which marked the end of the first cycle of Spotlight Singapore, for The Old Parliament House (TOPH). Raintree having been the initiators and key sponsors for Spotlight Cape Town, were greeted like valued family members, reconnecting with all the great people who made Spotlight possible.

Spotlight Singapore was born out of serendipity and grew from a child to adulthood through the courage of one organisation and the support from many others. This audacious project could not have been possible without the support and assistance of many people, from Singapore and the host cities of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Moscow, Cape Town, Bratislava, Brno and Prague.

 

 

 

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Firm uses concept of emotional ownership to change workplace safety culture

Raintree Solutions CEO Richard Lawton interviewed by Mining Weekly.

Raintree Safety, a subsidiary of Raintree Solutions, a deliverer of change to companies and communities, says it is critically important to bring about change in South Africa’s mining industry by targeting a mining house’s safety culture to foster open communication, the development of trust and working together to achieve common goals.

Raintree Safety can achieve this by using a people-focused approach in safety culture transformation, through the concept of emotional ownership. Emotional ownership aims to achieve individual and collective ownership of safety to change the overall safety culture in a workplace, despite the cultural differences among the workers, who often regard safety and communication issues differently.

Raintree Safety bolsters emotional ownership of safety and environmental change using theatre, psychologically based workshops, specialised video, supervisor training and interpersonal skills training. The emotional ownership of safety can be used in conjunction with the safety training or safety systems already in place at the workplace to further enhance the safety culture.

Raintree Solutions group CEO Richard Lawton tells Mining Weekly that South Africans struggle with problems that stem from their many different cultural understandings and beliefs that tend to influence their approach and understanding of safety. “It is important that South African mining houses create a space in which different people can connect to foster mutual ownership.”

As a result of different cultures, divergent interpretations regarding safety and communication issues, the Raintree approach is increasingly regarded as an essential and a frequently recommended process for projects worldwide, he says.

Lawton says the Raintree approach has been implemented at clients such as global engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management services company Fluor, global engineering and con- struction company and power equipment supplier Foster Wheeler, energy infrastructure project designer, engineer and manufacturer CB & I Lummus, petrochemicals company Sasol, international energy group Shell and mining major BHP Billiton.

The company has clients in the mining, manufacturing, oil, energy and banking industries internationally and has now worked successfully with thousands of people from 18 cultures and languages from 14 countries around the world and has worked on many multicontractor, multicultural megaprojects internationally, including mining major BHP Billiton’s Mozal aluminium smelter project, in Mozambique; Sasol’s growth projects and Turbo project, in South Africa, which entailed the uprating of an existing polyethylene plant and establishing a polypropylene plant; and petroleum company Shell’s [MASSIVE] Houdini ethylene cracker complex project, in Southeast Asia and Singapore.

Other companies which Raintree Solutions has worked with include vehicle manufacturers BMW, VW and Nissan, as well as global miner Rio Tinto.

The benefits to customers who adopt the Raintree approach of emotional ownership to safety include improved safety and communication, stronger work team relations, and collateral benefits to productivity and quality. Lawton says the Raintree results directly impact on a company’s bottom line, as every accident or stoppage prevented – besides avoiding the disruption, considerable financial and reputational costs – represents the additional value of improved site cultures, which can influence quality and productivity.

Further, safety is also a management tool because safety is a topic that will not be met by resistance from employees and it also has the most potential for improved dialogue, explains Lawton. Safety is a management tool that management can use to establish good rapport with workers, which, in turn, encourages dialogue and can assist in diffusing the situations that currently exist in the mining industry such as wildcat strikes.

Lawton stresses that mining houses have to provide solutions that are specific to the current problems. He emphasises that the mining houses, with the help of Raintree, need to approach the problem mine by mine and do this collectively to find solutions for the entire mining industry.

 

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Raintree Solutions’ Partnership with One Young World

Raintree Solutions has been a One Young World delegate sponsor for a number of years.

One Young World enables active young leaders from the whole world to meet and share ideas and support each others ideas.

Raintree Solutions is a global Change Company and the young will face the future and be the deliverers of change.
The Raintree contribution involves the Environment, which involves us all and this group and the Eco-breakaway we have sponsored is the beginning of something that will spread globally
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News

2018
Thus far 2018 has been an exciting year with projects covering Safety and Security, marketing, Supervisor training, Banking ethics and Compliance, Media company Values Risk, Ethics and a company Launch. Encompassing Energy, Banking, telecommunications, insurance and community interfacing, Raintree teams have travelled through South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and most recently, Tanzania, delivering various unique, […]

2017
Raintree is expanding: we have launched a dedicated Raintree Change division with an exciting new partner – more to follow! Safety, Compliance, Supervisor upskilling, management motivation, training courses and videos and TV Commercials across oil and gas, banking and insurance. Busy start! Petrochemical • Chevron SA Shutdown • Sasol New Construction with Fluor and SNC […]

2016
  2016 got off to a rapid Shell start with Hauliers and Depot processes. Through the year Barclays, Fluor, SNC Lavalin and Sasol projects emerged which ran into 2017. Barclays came back in a new initiative but uncertainty moved it down to 2017.   Petrochemical • Sasol New Construction • Shell HSSE: RT, Terminal and […]