People United Kingdom
In the UK we have chosen to focus our Social Investment strategy on the areas of Education, Entrepreneurship and Environment because they fit best with the company’s ethos and staff interests. We have chosen to support five charitable partners who are working in these sectors and carrying out their work in our local area of East London.
We play a key role in the fulfilment of Investec’s core values, focussing on making an unselfish contribution to society. We champion sustainable social investment by:
- Building dedicated charitable partnerships
- Engaging all Investec people in making a positive difference
- Harnessing our diverse resources and collective talent
We are committed to developing a long term relationship with these charitable organisations that are local to our offices, and have chosen them because we believe they offer the potential to effect real and measurable change in the lives of those who they serve.
Whilst Investec helps to fund some of our charitable partners’ core projects, we are committeed to utilising the skills and experiences of our staff to make a tangible difference to these organisations.
Volunteering opportunities are varied and range from coaching young people in success skills to creating an eco-garden for a local primary school, to running a rugby workshop for young people and mentoring young people in literacy skills.
We believe there are numerous benefits to Investec and our local community in developing a successful volunteering programme. To encourage staff volunteering, each staff member is entitled to take one day per year to volunteer for our five charitable partners. Since the launch, 30% of our staff have registered to volunteer and over 2000 hours of volunteering have been carried out.
Business Charity Awards
In May 2012 Investec won the Community Impact category at the national Business Charity Awards for our partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre.
In 2009, Investec were awarded a Dragon Award by the City of London. The awards recognise companies with outstanding Social Investment programmes, with Investec winning in the Heart of the City category for companies with programmes less than three years old. In 2010 Investec were shorlisted in the Education category.
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