Our communities

Empowering people through positive change

At Investec, we’re passionate about making a meaningful contribution to the communities around us. We deliver targeted programmes with community partners and through the active volunteering of our people.

“If we can, we must”

foodbank

Investec to supply food banks across the UK during the coronavirus crisis

For many years Investec has formed partnerships in its local boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets to help schools, start-up businesses, social enterprises, charities and other causes to support local people. 

 

Before the pandemic, more than one in five families in the UK lived in poverty. Today, with conditions exacerbated by unemployment, even more people need help. 

 

Feeding people is the greatest priority. Therefore, Investec has committed to providing the funds to ensure the supply to food banks across the three London boroughs for 12 weeks. Deliveries started on Monday 6 April and Investec will provide over 52,500 essential food items every week through to the end of June. And we won't stop there. We're extending our support to food banks across the UK.

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Practical support

In total, 18 food banks will be backed by Investec. The initiative involves more than money. The logistics needed to supply the items to each borough will be covered by Investec’s funding and facilitated through our partnerships.

 

Teresa O’Brien, Head of Sustainability says: “At Investec, we live in not off society.  We feel privileged to be able to step in to help these communities with the provision of food in this great time of need.”

 

Melanie Rochford of the Trussell Trust Hackney food bank, says: “Investec’s generous commitment offers much needed stability at a very difficult time, which is allowing us to focus on offering essential support to those most vulnerable.”

Our ongoing approach to community

Commitment from within

As an Investec client, you can be proud to work with an organisation with cast-iron integrity. It’s a fundamental part of our culture and values to contribute to society, and our extensive community support reflects this.

Value through partnerships

The three focus areas of our community support were chosen by our people. Last year, we spent more than 3,000 office hours supporting local community partners in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. We also invite our community partners to our offices.

Making a positive impact

Our award-winning flagship programme, Investec Beyond Business, has launched 47 social enterprises since 2011, creating more than 300 jobs in east London. We run this project in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre.

Our three focus areas

3,210+ hours

volunteered by our employees in 2019/20

300+ jobs

created by Investec Beyond Business social enterprises since 2011

£331,020+

employee charity donations through payroll giving in 2019/20

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Out of the Ordinary stories

Read the stories behind our sustainability projects in the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland

More community initiatives and sponsorships

Investec also supports a range of regional arts and cultural organisations as well as charities.

The Wildlife Trusts

Urban Roots

Fresh Start in Education

Sport in Mind

Parkside Aldershot

Bromley by Bow Centre

The Wildlife Trusts

Our Manchester office supports The Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The charity is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds who believe that we need nature and nature needs us. Its Lancashire branch covers the areas of Manchester, North Merseyside and Lancashire and aims to create a region that is rich in wildlife for all to enjoy. 

Urban Roots

Our Glasgow office supports Urban Roots, a community-led environmental charity working across the Southside of the city. The organisation empowers local people to make choices and lifestyle changes that are beneficial for them, their communities and the environment. The scheme has helped transform numerous derelict or unused green spaces into thriving gardens where fruit, vegetables and flowers can be grown. This makes the area look more attractive and creates safe social spaces that bring people together.

Fresh Start in Education

Our Edinburgh office supports Fresh Start in Education. The charity supports young people who are experiencing issues in education. This includes students who are at risk of exclusion; school refusers and young offenders, as well as those with emotional or behavioural problems, and those who are generally disengaged from school. 

Sport in Mind

Sport in Mind is an independent mental health charity founded in Berkshire in 2010. It has a simple mission to improve the life of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity. Our Reading office has partnered with Sport in Mind for a number of years and supports various sports days and events. 

Parkside Aldershot

Our Guildford Wealth office supports Parkside Aldershot. The charity gives children and adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop skills and take part in activities within the local community. Investec employees volunteer as part of tailored programmes that use social and leisure activities to boost life skills. 

Bromley by Bow Centre

The Bromley by Bow Centre (BBBC) is an innovative community organisation in east London, working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. It supports families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives.

 

Our partnership with the BBBC extends further than the Investec Beyond Business programme. We work with the BBBC social care team on their wider work. Our staff volunteer to maintain Bob’s park and support their community parties.  

Awards

Investec wins the Global Good Award for Best Education Project.

Arrival Education won the Gold Global Good Award for Best Education Project

Investec wins Business of the Year - Business Charity Awards

Investec was crowned Business of the Year at the Business Charity Awards, as well as winning the award for Community Impact.

Bronze Global Good Award

Arrival Education won the Bronze Global Good Award for Best Partnership in the Community.

Clean City Award

Investec was awarded Platinum status at the City of London Corporation’s Clean City Awards.

Project grants for charities

Apart from our partner organisations, we also support small to medium charities through small project grants. If you represent a charity that works in our focus areas – education, entrepreneurship and/or environment – and is local to one of our offices, you can read the full criteria below to find out more, and get in touch.

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