Investec community programme - Corporate Responsibility
 

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 67 social enterprises to date, creating more than 350 jobs in east London. We run this in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre.

Our three focus areas

Investec corporate responsibility - Beyond Business College

Entrepreneurship

Investec has entrepreneurial roots, and we’re proud to support entrepreneurs who want to make a sustainable impact in their communities, through the award-winning Beyond Business programme.

 Investec education programmes - corporate responsibility

Education

We aim to empower young people to achieve their goals in life. While academics are important, our education programme also focuses on improving life, employability, and interpersonal skills.

Investec environment volunteering programmes

Environment

As part of our community programme, we engage our employees with volunteering opportunities that help improve the environment of the communities around us.

4,000+ hours

in office time volunteered by our employees in 2016/17

350+ jobs

created by Beyond Business social enterprises

£485,000+

in employee charity donations through payroll giving infrastructure

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.

    Find out more about the National Garden Scheme
  • 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.

    Our support of Scotland’s Gardens
  • Home Start UK

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

  • Proms at St Jude’s

    Proms at St Jude’s is a community festival of music and culture which takes place each June in Hampstead, North London.

    Since its inception in 1993, Proms has raised over £800,000 for charitable programmes, including Toynbee Hall’s youth development programme, Make It!.

    In 2017, Investec’s sponsorship included a poetry competition with young people. Our volunteers selected winners from three local schools who presented their works to a sizeable audience as part of
    the festival.

    Find out more about Proms at St Jude’s
  • 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.

    Find out more about Investec Opera Holland Park

National Garden Scheme
Scotland’s Gardens
Home Start UK
Proms at St Jude’s
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.

Proms at St Jude’s is a community festival of music and culture which takes place each June in Hampstead, North London.

Since its inception in 1993, Proms has raised over £800,000 for charitable programmes, including Toynbee Hall’s youth development programme, Make It!.

In 2017, Investec’s sponsorship included a poetry competition with young people. Our volunteers selected winners from three local schools who presented their works to a sizeable audience as part of
the festival.

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 Business of the Year - Business Charity Awards

Investec is 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 Business in the Community's Experian Building Stronger Communities Award for our Beyond Business programme.

National CSR Awards 2017 winner

We have 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.

Get in touch

Susie Steyn

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