Our communities

Making a meaningful contribution

Investec volunteers cleaning local park
Investec volunteers cleaning local park

Spreading joy this festive season, the Investec way

There are more ways than one, in which Investec is committed to giving back to the communities. Apart from addressing the cost-of-living crisis and food insecurity, we have also committed help to several other charities, who support some very noble causes through the gifts that we send to our clients.

Investec has partnered with Social Supermarket who are the largest marketplace for socially responsible products in the UK. They help individuals and companies to solve social and environmental issues through everyday purchases, as well as measure their impact. Investec and Social Supermarket together are making it easier to send and receive more ethical gifts that create ripples of positive social change.

Social Supermarket partners

The Harry Specters team in the kitchen making chocolate

Harry Specters

Award-winning flavours and positive social change, that’s Harry Specters. Mona, Shaz and their son Ash, who has autism, are behind this social enterprise. They are dedicated to crafting the most delicious chocolates that create employment for young people with autism.

A person plants a cocoa tree sapling in the soil

Love Cocoa

Love Cocoa has been created with the purpose of making great tasting chocolate in a way that's loved by the planet, and its people. In partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, Love Cocoa plant one tree for every product they sell. Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit NGO that works alongside local communities in developing countries to restore natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation.

Sea Change wine bottles and christmas decorations

Sea Change

These winemakers are committed to creating exceptional drinks and caring for our oceans in equal measure. They put real thought into their wine packaging. They also give back to conservation charities who help protect marine animals.

We’re committed to adding value to the communities we operate in throughout the year by delivering targeted programmes with community partners and actively volunteering our people. 

 
 

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 – education, entrepreneurship, and the environment – were chosen by our people. Last year, our colleagues spent more than 2,020 office hours supporting local community partners in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands. 

Making a positive impact

Our award-winning flagship programme, Investec Beyond Business, has launched 51 social enterprises since 2011, creating more than 375 jobs in east London. We run this project in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre.

2,020+ hours

volunteered by our employees in 2021/22

375+ jobs

created by Investec Beyond Business social enterprises since 2011

£243,000+

employee charity donations through payroll giving in 2021/22

More community initiatives and sponsorships

Investec also supports a range of regional charities and organisations

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 people volunteer to maintain their community park, Bob’s Park, and by supporting their community social parties.

We Speak

We continue to support Laura North, founder of We Speak, a winner of our Investec Beyond Business programme in 2019, as an official partner this year.

After pivoting to a hybrid model, with the support of Investec, We Speak has grown rapidly, and continues to make a positive impact.

This year, Laura was named in the NatWest WISE 100 Women Social Entrepreneurs list, where she won the award for Star of the Future. This award recognises a CEO or leader showing star qualities and who is relatively new in their social enterprise career, with three or fewer years of leadership experience. We are so very proud to help fund, nurture and partner with Laura on We Speak, which works with young people from under-represented backgrounds to improve their speaking confidence.

Investec volunteers from London, Edinburgh, Sheffield, the Channel Islands and Johannesburg have taken part as mentors, supporting young people to improve their speaking skills and confidence.

Helen, Royal Holloway University of London, a student of an Investec mentor said “We Speak is a great programme that is well suited to help beginners like me to get the hang of public speaking. The mentor's ability to put people at ease through games and breakout rooms created a safe environment in which to share one's passions. Getting the chance to talk in front of professionals was a unique opportunity and their feedback was invaluable!”

Routes

We have been supporting Routes, a winner of the Investec Beyond Business programme in 2019, helping women who have experienced a hostile UK Asylum System to grow in confidence, build relationships and access opportunities. Through their ‘Mentoring with Meaning’ programme, 7 Investec women (across our London, Leeds and Bournemouth office) grew as purposeful leaders and helped create change in the workplace by mentoring 7 other women from Refugee and Asylum-seeking backgrounds, providing in total 196 hours of mentoring.

Bookmark

This national charity focuses on helping children develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Currently in England, one in four children can’t read properly when they leave primary school. In addition, Covid-19 has caused a lot of disruption to school learning and with approximately 380,000 children having spent lockdown at home without a single book, it’s predicted that these numbers will rise. Through our relationship with Bookmark, people from across our UK offices can support young children with their reading through a virtual platform.

Fresh Start

Our Edinburgh office supports the homelessness charity Fresh Start who help people who have experienced homelessness to establish themselves in their new homes.  Each year, Fresh Start helps thousands of new tenants, ranging from families to individuals, to make a home for themselves.

Starfish Greathearts Foundation

Starfish Greathearts Foundation works with local community groups in South Africa to develop their capacity to deliver professional and sustainable services to children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. Investec has been supporting Starfish since 2007.

Our partnership has helped to make a huge difference to vulnerable children. The funds raised through our internal campaigns and fundraising events help Starfish to continue to invest in the futures of more than 13,500 children every year.

The Wildlife Trusts

Our Manchester office supports The Lancashire Wildlife Trust. This 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 south side 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.

Awards for our work in the community

Investec wins the Global Good Award for Best Education Project.

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

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.

Investec's sustainability and ESG report 2022

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability in the past financial year.

Supporting sustainable development

SDGs

As a group, Investec has committed to two core and six secondary sustainable development goals (SDGs), including SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. 

In London, in 2022 we were delighted to fund the second annual Sustainable Cities Awards in partnership with Global Action Plan (GAP), which recognises the amazing individuals and organisations driving change from across London's education, public and voluntary and community sector. 

Measuring our impact

Business for societal impact logo - B4SI

In the UK, we use the Business for Societal Impact (B4SI) framework to measure our programmes’ social impact outside our official partnerships. This measurement allows us to understand the difference our contributions make to our business and society while strategically assessing our community programmes. Applying this framework enables us to continuously drive improvement and deliver better, more impactful programmes.

Project grants for charities

Outside our partner organisations, we 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 are local to one of our offices, you can apply for a grant. Please read the full criteria below to find out more, and get in touch.