Helping our communities, the Investec way

There are more ways than one, in which Investec is committed to giving back to our 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.

As part of our response to the cost of living crisis, we have partnered with The Felix Project and FareShare to provide one million free meals to our communities. Our two amazing partners work across the UK to rescue surplus food and redistribute it to those who need it most, while also reducing food waste. Find out how you can support and contribute.

Earlier this year, we launched our partnership with the Canal & River Trust. We have adopted a stretch of one mile of the Woodlesford Lock for a year. Investec will support the Trust to maintain and keep the Lock healthy and thriving, as a commitment to our local communities.

We have also launched our new partnership with Giki, a mission driven B Corp who share our passion for building knowledge that fosters a positive and enduring impact. Through our collaboration with Giki, we offer a range of internal campaigns, workshops, and masterclasses that provide valuable learning opportunities centred around sustainability themes and actionable steps we can take to contribute to a better future for the planet.

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 3,330 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 56 social enterprises since 2011, creating more than 375 jobs in east London. We run this project in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre.

3330+ hours

volunteered by our employees in 2022/23

375+ jobs

created by Investec Beyond Business social enterprises since 2011


employee charity donations through payroll giving in 2022/23

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 and winner of our Investec Beyond Business programme in 2019. We Speak works with young people from underrepresented backgrounds to improve their speaking skills and confidence.

Employers say that communication skills are one of their top requirements, yet more than 50% of students do not feel confident sharing ideas in class. To make things worse, young people from deprived socio-economic backgrounds are twice as likely to have communication difficulties.

39 Investec volunteers from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London, and Manchester have taken part in the We Speak programme, dedicating a collective 222 hours supporting students across four weeks to use their authentic voice with confidence.

Jean and Susmita worked together in the Spring 2023 programme.

Jean Aubee, Investec mentor
“Amazing, very rewarding. I had such a great time - the hour really did just fly by! In the last session I got to work with two students I had worked with in the first week. They had both developed so much it was very inspiring how one hour a week on this programme could add so much value.”

Susmita Mukherjee, Goldsmiths, University of London
“At the start of the programme I had low self-confidence and felt I couldn't convey my passion or commitment clearly. The programme was a safe space and made me feel very comfortable to speak my mind. All the mentors were amazing! The facilitators are inspiring. I have started feeling a lot more confident based on the tips the mentors shared. It's perfect! I have come a long way from being a nervous wreck to having a lot to say."


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. This year, through their ‘Mentoring with Meaning’ programme, 7 Investec women (across our London and Manchester office) grew as purposeful leaders and helped create change in the workplace by mentoring 7 other women from Refugee and Asylum-seeking backgrounds, providing 172 hours of mentoring in total.



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.

Our impact in Channel Islands

Find out about our work in community support in Channel Islands.

Supporting sustainable development


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 2023 we were delighted to provide the prize donations for the third 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.