Giving back to the earth
Investec recognises that a clean, resource-rich natural environment supports the growth of business and the economy and is vital for healthy communities.
While it is impossible to continue business without having some impact on the environment, by supporting green initiatives we can minimise this impact and in fact give back to the earth while sustaining our businesses.
Tanya dos Santos, Strategy and Sustainability head
Minimising our direct carbon impact
Investec’s environmental policy takes into account the challenges that climate change presents to the global economy. We will consider any meaningful activity that either reduces the negative impact, or prolongs life, on our planet. We believe that as a financial services organisation, and given our positioning in the developed and emerging worlds, we can make a meaningful impact in addressing climate change. The carbon impact of our daily operations is limited. Investec’s strategy therefore is focused on creating awareness and encouraging behavioural change in recognition of our environmental responsibilities.
Increasing awareness among staff
We continue to drive awareness about our direct operational impacts by influencing internal behaviour. We do this through programmes communicated to staff by Investec's Environmental Sustainability team.
Our key areas include:
- Reducing energy consumption
- Reducing water usage
- Reducing overall waste
- Reducing single-use plastic
- Increasing waste recycling rates
- Promoting sustainable travel
- Promoting sustainable procurement.
Operating an effective environmental management system
Investec recognises that we cannot fulfil our environmental responsibilities as an organisation if we do not have an effective environmental management system.
Our environmental management system allows us to reliably calculate our carbon footprint, and set targets for future emissions. Each year we strive to improve our data collection and increase our coverage of scope 3 emissions.
We were awarded a B rating by the Carbon Disclosure Project which recognises our actions to mitigate climate change
Group carbon emissions reduction in the past year
Communities and conservation
Given Investec’s African heritage, we are passionate about ensuring the continued existence of a number of African species. We fund a number of biodiversity projects which help to ensure the sustainable existence of South Africa’s rich wildlife.
A zebra can save a rhino
Renewable energy and birdlife
Endangered African Wild Dog
Investec supports the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme and its research and monitoring of African Wild Dogs in the Kruger National Park. Wild dog is South Africa’s most endangered carnivore with a current population of fewer than 400 dogs. This research project is on-going and focuses on identifying the threats facing African Wild Dogs in the park and viable methods to improve their conservation status.