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
Increasing awareness among staff
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
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 conservationGiven 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
In 2012 we established Investec Rhino Lifeline to respond to the rhino crisis. We focus on youth education, support the rescue of poached rhino and rhino orphans, and leverage off our international brand to reduce demand in consumer countries. We use our distinctive brand and passionate rhino ambassadors to reach new audiences. With the commitment of our staff and our clients who care about the world, together with the international reach of our brand, we believe that a zebra really can save a rhino.
Renewable energy and birdlife
The power and infrastructure finance team partners with BirdLife South Africa to research the environmental impact of renewable energy on the local birdlife in South Africa. By ensuring that the impact is adequately assessed and mitigated, developers are encouraged to comply with international best practice. This helps Investec gain a better understanding of the impact and improve environmental performance and decision-making for future developments.
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.