Name of Company:Investec
Programme Name:Social Investment Programme
Staff in London:1000
Investec's Social Investment programme focuses on the areas of education, entrepreneurship and environment. The programme encourages their employees to make a positive contribution to the community, by entitling staff to one day off per year to volunteer for one of the five charitable partners: Arrival Education, Bromley by Bow Centre, Community Links, Morpeth School and Starfish Greathearts Foundation. Investec also facilitates employee giving by providing a staff donation policy and offering small financial support to local organisations that fit within the education, entrepreneurship and environment sector.
Invest had always been philanthropic, but in 2007, the company decided to embark on a more structured approach to community investment that would continue to include philanthropy alongside volunteering and community partnerships.
The programme is well backed by senior level staff and pushed forward by the enthusiasm and positive attitude of staff.
Since the launch of the Social Investment Programme in 2008, Investec's employees have volunteered over 1100 hours of work time with the charitable partners. 179 students from the Arrival Education programme have received work placements, and five new social enterprises have been funded and organised for the Bromley by Bow Centre. Investec's volunteers have assisted Community Links with events involving 110 young people and have helped 1,117 young people at sport sessions. Investec's involvement with Starfish has helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds and Starfish have stated that Investec's support annually saves them nearly £20,000.