The desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world we live in is at the heart of our values at Investec. Making an unselfish contribution to society, nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit, embracing diversity, and respecting others, underpin our aim to be a responsible corporate citizen.
Investec features in Corporate Knights’ Global Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations 2023
Since 2005, the Global 100 has been one of the world’s most valued and transparent rules-based sustainability ratings that emphasises the impact of a company’s core products and services.
Aware of the increase in greenwashing, Investec strongly believes that reputable and independent sustainability ranking firms such as Corporate Knights should continue to hold companies accountable to measurable and tangible sustainability goals. Vigilance of this nature aims to minimise the risk of stakeholders supporting companies that have poor Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices which in the long term are unsustainable and harmful to all its stakeholders.
In the current scenario where energy prices are touching record-high levels while the world is witnessing unprecedented adversities due to climate change, it is crucial for us to continue to concentrate on cutting emissions and ramp up our sustainability efforts. Investec’s position in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations reflects the collective efforts of our 8,000 employees worldwide, who continually strive to live and work sustainably within our own operations and financing activities that lead us to a cleaner and greener world. It also underpins our desire to create enduring worth by making a meaningful contribution to our community.
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Group Sustainability Report 2022
Our group sustainability report 2022 highlights our sustainability performance over the period 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022. Read more for an overview of our performance, progress and priorities over the past financial year.
Investing in our people
The expertise and dedication of our employees is fundamental in meeting our clients’ needs and delivering distinctive results.
We support the communities in which we exist, with particular focus on education and entrepreneurship.
Caring for our environment
A clean, resource-rich natural environment supports the growth of business and the economy and is vital for healthy communities.
Investing in our people
We employ people from all over the world with various academic, ethnic and social backgrounds. Our culture ensures a stimulating and progressive work environment that inspires entrepreneurial, free thinkers with a conscience.
We believe this will help to create opportunities for employment, wealth creation and contribute to the social and economic empowerment of others. The active involvement of our people through volunteering remains at the core of our community programmes and reflects the depth of the Investec heartbeat.
Caring for our environment
In all our operations, we strive to find smart, sustainable solutions that make business sense but are also environmentally responsible. We’re also passionate about preserving biodiversity and prolonging life on our planet, and work towards the sustainable existence of wildlife, among other programmes.
Our business decisions are driven by our values and the intention to live in society, and not off it. As an Investec client, you’re sure to be dealing with a sustainable, financially resilient business, which is here for the long term. We also benchmark ourselves to the highest moral standards and offer you investment opportunities in line with your own ethical values.
Financial strength and resilience
The financial strength and resilience of our business depend on a balanced business model that supports our long-term growth vision. This enables us to deliver value to our stakeholders and the best service to our clients. We aim to maintain an appropriate balance between revenue earned from operational risk activities, and financial risk activities.
Sound corporate governance
Investec’s values and philosophies provide the framework against which we measure behaviour. We require all our people to act with integrity and conduct themselves to promote and maintain trust. We view all employees as custodians of ethical behaviour which is reinforced through internal processes, policies and procedures. All international business units operate in accordance with our corporate governance principles.
Our approach to tax
At Investec, we are committed to conducting our tax affairs in an open and transparent way.
We recognise the potential for our procurement and supply chain practices to be agents for change in our endeavours to operate responsibly. We have environmental, social and ethical considerations incorporated into our procurement policies and encourage our suppliers to support our aim for a sustainable future.
Responsible financing and investing
As a financial services organisation with a strong footing in both the developed and developing world, we believe we can make a meaningful contribution to society and the environment. We welcome opportunities for our clients and businesses in cleaner and renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and responsible financing and investing.
Our approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
We believe that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a solid framework for us to assess, align and prioritise our activities. We recognise the pivotal role that the private sector, and in particular, the financial sector, will have in their achievement. Our strategy is to harness the expertise in our various businesses and identify opportunities to maximise impact by partnering with our clients, investors and various stakeholders to support delivery of the SDGs and build a more resilient and inclusive world.