Our capital inputs include a strong and healthy balance sheet, funding from equity and debt, and the earnings we generate and retain. We use these to fund our business activities in line with our strategy, transform our business through investments and continuously improve our customer and employee offering.
Our 16 distinct brands and 4 171 private labels, 40 years of know-how, corporate reputation and goodwill, and information assets. In 2019, we substantively enhanced our intellectual capital by implementing our enterprise-wide system, adding to a strong intellectual portfolio through our established brands and popular private labels for customers in all income segments.
Our 147 268 talented, energised and dedicated employees across 15 countries. We invest in our people to develop their skills and careers. Through our revised HR strategy, we are committed to developing a pipeline of talent to ensure career growth and business sustainability.
Our supply chain, including 2 799 stores, 30 distribution centres, 837 trucks and 1 211 trailers in our fleet. Our physical infrastructure spans a range of store formats, from large hypermarkets to small box containers, as appropriate for our context and customers. Our integrated, efficient supply chain is unrivalled in Africa.
The water and energy we use in our operations and supply chain. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint through increasing water and energy efficiency, reducing waste, and using our size to effect positive change where possible.
Our relationships with stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate, and key partnerships. These include Gift of the Givers, Food & Trees for Africa, FoodForward and the Lunchbox Fund for community work, Empowerment Capital to support small suppliers, and the Consumer Goods Council to communicate effectively with governments and regional bodies.
Our extensive range of products and services that serve our customer needs, and related by-products including production waste.