Our communities

Empowering people through positive change

At Investec, we’re passionate about making a meaningful contribution to the communities around us. Our community programme focuses on education, entrepreneurship and the environment. We deliver this with community partners, and through the active volunteering of our people.

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 4,000 office hours supporting local community partners in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Making a positive impact

Our multiple award-winning flagship programme, Beyond Business, has launched 41 social enterprises since 2011, creating more than 250 jobs in east London. We run this in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre.

Our three focus areas

4,400+ hours

volunteered by our employees in 2017/18

250+ jobs

created by Beyond Business social enterprises since 2011

£544,000+

employee charity donations through payroll giving in 2017/18

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Out of the Ordinary stories

Read the stories behind our corporate responsibility 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.

  • National Garden Scheme

    The National Gardens Scheme works with garden owners who welcome thousands of visitors into their gardens each year in exchange for charitable donations. We’ve sponsored this scheme since 1994. In the last 15 years, we’ve helped raise more than £27 million for nursing and gardening charities.
    In 2017, the National Garden Scheme collected a record £3 million for nursing charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK, which each received £500,000.
  • Scotland’s Gardens

    Like the National Garden Scheme in England and Wales, this organisation raises money for charity by opening gardens in Scotland to thousands of visitors each year.
  • Home Start UK

    We support one of the UK’s leading family support charities, working hard to give children the best start in life.
  • Opera Holland Park

    As part of our commercial sponsorships, we also support charitable arts and culture organisations.
    Investec Opera Holland Park is a charity aimed to give UK communities the opportunity to experience creative, challenging and inventive opera. This is achieved through a spectrum of accessible pricing, education and outreach schemes that break down the preconceptions of and barriers to opera and the classical arts.

National Garden Scheme
Scotland’s Gardens
Home Start UK
Opera Holland Park

The National Gardens Scheme works with garden owners who welcome thousands of visitors into their gardens each year in exchange for charitable donations. We’ve sponsored this scheme since 1994. In the last 15 years, we’ve helped raise more than £27 million for nursing and gardening charities.
In 2017, the National Garden Scheme collected a record £3 million for nursing charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK, which each received £500,000.

Like the National Garden Scheme in England and Wales, this organisation raises money for charity by opening gardens in Scotland to thousands of visitors each year.

We support one of the UK’s leading family support charities, working hard to give children the best start in life.

As part of our commercial sponsorships, we also support charitable arts and culture organisations.
Investec Opera Holland Park is a charity aimed to give UK communities the opportunity to experience creative, challenging and inventive opera. This is achieved through a spectrum of accessible pricing, education and outreach schemes that break down the preconceptions of and barriers to opera and the classical arts.

“Pupils have learned skills in a real workplace environment and the impact on both their academic work and aspirations is tangible.”
Jemima Reilly, Headteacher, Morpeth School

Awards

Investec wins the Financial Innovation Awards for social responsibility

Investec won the prestigious Financial Innovation Awards in the Innovation in Social Responsibility category for Invest for Success.

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.

Investec Business in the Community award

Winners of the Business in the Community 2017 Experian Building Stronger Communities Award for our social entrepreneurship programme.

National CSR Awards 2017 winner

We also won the National CSR Award in 2017 for Beyond Business, in the Best Community (Legacy) Project category.

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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