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Our social investment programme plays a key role in the fulfilment of Investec’s core values, including making an unselfish contribution to society. We champion sustainable social investment by:

  • Building dedicated charitable partnerships
  • Engaging our staff in making a positive difference
  • Harnessing our diverse resources and collective talent.

Our social investment programme is focused in education, entrepreneurship and the environment – areas identified by staff as best aligned with Investec’s core values. Our approach encompasses the principal elements of facilitating employee volunteering with local charitable partners, and granting other charitable donations to small, local charities that fit within our focus areas.

We also encourage and facilitate employee giving by providing a Give-As-You-Earn facility, organising fundraising challenge events and granting donations in recognition of the fundraising endeavours of our employees.

Highlights

  • The Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge, a bespoke cricket-themed challenge, which we created in partnership with the Lord’s Taverners charity successfully engaged employees, partners and clients of several of our offices and raised over £279 000 for the Lord’s Taverners and other local charities. We were shortlisted for this initiative at the national Business Charity Awards 2014 (Challenge Event category)
  • We were finalists at the Lord Mayor Dragon Awards (Education category), as well as being highly commended at the Business Charity Awards (Community Impact category) for our partnership with Arrival Education
  • We entered a team into the Movember Campaign, an international fundraising event, for a second year and finished sixth in the country and fourth in the Square Mile Challenge. We collaborated with Morpeth School and raised a total of £35 000 as well as considerable awareness for men’s health issues
  • We were awarded the Guernsey Employer of the Year 2013 for looking after our people, with specific acknowledgment of our successful social investment programmes for engaging employees and carrying out great work within the community.

Education

The Investec SA Women’s Hockey Team Inspires the Students of Arrival Education


Arrival Education

We are a founding partner in Arrival Education’s four-year talent development programme, ‘Success for Life’. The programme is comprised of success talks and workshops at our offices, as well as one-on-one coaching sessions. Our volunteers remain committed to our partnership with Arrival Education, having spent over 2 300 hours with the students and forming over 90 coaching relationships, with the aim of creating the high performers and wealth creators of the future.

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Morpeth School

Morpeth School is a mixed comprehensive secondary school situated in Tower Hamlets, east London which serves young people aged 11 to 19 years old. The pupils are from diverse backgrounds and ethnic groups and an above average proportion is disabled. Over 50% of its pupils are entitled to free school meals, and barriers to entering further education, training and employment remain significant. We have sponsored Outward Bound trips for over 10 years, enabling over 730 young people to participate in Outward Bound courses and, more recently, exchange trips for Morpeth pupils to South Africa.

In 2013 we relaunched the Junior Apprentice programme for a group of Morpeth pupils. The programme, run by our volunteers, includes three introductory skills sessions for the pupils, focusing on developing confidence in unfamiliar situations, interview preparation, and presentation skills as well as mock interviews, workshops and time at one of the desks.

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Starfish Greathearts Foundation UK

Starfish supports education-related projects in South Africa to assist children and young people whose families have been devastated by Aids. Starfish identifies community-based organisations which are delivering high impact, cost-effective services and partners with them to increase their outreach and build their capacity.

We assist this foundation through extensive pro bono support from volunteers with IT, legal, accounting, marketing and other specialist knowledge and skills, as well as through the fulfilment of official/advisory roles, assistance with the running of and, considerable participation in, fundraising events. Our provision of office space has over the years dramatically reduced the foundation’s overheads, significantly increasing the impact it is able to have.

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Amherst School

In 2013 our employees opted to renew the partnership with Amherst School for a further three years. We are delighted to continue our support of these young people. Our volunteers kick-started a reading initiative which was endorsed by another local charity and is to be rolled out to all primary schools on the island.

Dragon Awards

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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Entrepreneurship

Bromley by Bow Centre

We have partnered with the Centre focusing on economic regeneration in Tower Hamlets since 2008. Through the partnership, our volunteers help with the maintenance of the green space at the centre which is the largest public green space in the ward of Bromley for 14 480 people and support the Beyond Business programme. We became the lead supporter of the Beyond Business programme in 2011.

It is a social enterprise incubator which provides start-up funding and advice to local people looking to start their own social businesses.

Our volunteers sit on the selection committee offering advice and granting start-up funding to successful applicants.Our volunteers also run the annual Beyond Business College, hosted at Investec, providing specialist advice and support to entrepreneurs on the programme.

To date Beyond Business has led to the development of over 40 social enterprises with a turnover in excess of £4 million collectively, 60% of which are Black Minority or Ethnic-led and 20% of which are run by women. The programme has created over 250 jobs to date, promoting regeneration of the surrounding areas.

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Business Charity Awards Winner

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.

Environment


Community Links

We support Community Links which runs a wide range of community projects for about 30 000 people every year. In particular, we support the Newham City Farm project, providing funding for the development of a new market garden enterprise at the farm. We regularly participate in team days to help with the maintenance of the farm.Crime has been a problem in the London Borough of Newham, with the Newham City Farm a victim of theft in the past.

In 2013, with our support, Community Links employed a community education and involvement officer to increase involvement across different sectors of the local community and build their sense of pride in the facility, growing impact and lessening chances of it being targeted in the future. As a result: 1 065 children and young people, 847 adults, and 30 adults with autism and other disabilities and from special needs groups were reached, 27 local volunteers were recruited and 10 local social enterprises supported.

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