Corporate Responsibility - our approach

Investec as a responsible corporate citizen

Investec as a responsible corporate citizen

 

At Investec we recognise that, while our shareholders remain at the forefront, our purpose ultimately is not only about driving profits. We strive to be distinctive, demonstrate cast-iron integrity, moral strength and behaviour which promotes trust. Our core values include unselfishly contributing to society, valuing diversity and respecting others. Outstanding and empowered talent, entrepreneurial spirit and regard for the planet are other qualities that align with the culture of our organisation and our approach to responsible business.

 

Our culture and values demonstrate our belief that as an organisation we can and must have a positive impact on the success and well-being of communities local to our offices, the environment, and on overall macro-economic stability.

 

Our philosophy seeks to align the interests of shareholders and stakeholders over time, and provides the individual business units and regions with a basis from which to determine their own approach.

 

The group’s philosophy is not intended to be mutually exclusive or exhaustive, but allows us to concentrate, for now, on key focus areas. Deliberately not driven on a top-down basis, the executive maintains responsibility for oversight, direction, coordination and integration of our sustainability efforts while the individual business units provide the key drivers behind our activities, in a manner that best makes sense to each.

Philosophy

"Guided by our purpose to create sustained long-term wealth, we seek to be a positive influence in all our core businesses and in each of the societies in which we operate. We do this by empowering communities through entrepreneurship and education, and leveraging the value in our diversity."

"We recognise the challenges that climate change presents to the global economy and we will consider supporting any meaningful activity that either reduces the negative impact on or prolongs the life on our planet."

What does sustainability mean for Investec?

Sustainability model

Sustainability at Investec

Our sustainability performance

Materiality

Sustainability model

Investec’s sustainability focus encompasses endurance and the interdependence of the three key areas of profit, people and planet:

Sustainability at Investec

  • Building a sustainable business model to position the group for the long term so that Investec can make a valuable contribution to society and to macro-economic stability
  • Attracting and developing a strong, diverse and capable workforce
  • Unselfishly contributing to society and to the well-being of our communities, largely through education and entrepreneurship
  • Understanding and managing our environmental footprint so we can make a positive impact through our operations and business activities
  • Growing and preserving clients’ and stakeholders’ wealth based on relationships of trust.

Our sustainability performance

Our commitment to sustainability means integrating social, ethical and environmental considerations into our day-to-day operations.

For Investec, sustainability is about building our businesses to ensure we have a positive impact on the economic and social progress of communities and on the environment, while growing and preserving clients’ and stakeholders’ wealth based on strong relationships of trust.

Sustainability memberships

Investec participates and has maintained its inclusion in the following international initiatives:

  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Investment Index
  • The JSE Limited Socially Responsible Investment Index
  • The FTSE4Good Index
  • United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • The Carbon Disclosure Project – Investec is a member and Investec Asset Management is a signatory Investor
  • Investec plc is aconstituent of the MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series
  • Investec Asset Management CEO, HJ Du Toit, was appointed a member of The Global Commission on Business and Sustainability Development in January 2016.

Recognition

To read more on our performance, click here.

Materiality

In identifying material issues, consideration is given to those issues we believe have the potential to significantly influence our ability to have a positive impact on the sustainability of our business and on overall macro-economic stability as well as contributing to the success and well-being of our communities and the environment. We also consider Investec’s values and philosophies, and input obtained from our stakeholders in the context of the three key focus areas of people, planet and profit.

In 2014, we embarked on a robust process of engagement with internal and external stakeholders. This process went beyond our day-to-day engagement with stakeholders and involved an interview process of the Investec board of directors, executive, heads of business and employees and also external stakeholders such as industry associations, rating agencies, clients, investment analysts and NGOs. This process has allowed us to confirm the core sustainability issues for our stakeholders and ultimately guides our sustainability strategy.

Due to the nature of Investec’s business, the material aspects identified are considered unlikely to change in the short to medium term. As a result, Investec only repeats this comprehensive process every three to four years.

To read more on our material issues, why they are important to us and how we managed them in 2016, click here.