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Health 16 April 2021

Corporate Social Investment

The private sector played a critical role in responding to Covid-19. No-one was prepared for the crisis, and it hit the most vulnerable the hardest. By partnering with those at the frontlines, we helped ensure that crucial medical supplies, protective gear and food parcels were available to support communities

Across the group, we acted early to reassess our CSI priorities in light of the pandemic, and reached out to our CSI partner organisations to understand their priorities and challenges, and how we could best support them to respond contructively to the pandemic. We also worked with governments and other social partners to identify national priorities and areas of need, and identified appropriate NGOs and initiatives for additional funding, over and above our CSI budgets. Our strategy focused on providing relief and meeting the immediate needs of our communities, including humanitarian support, access to food to medical care, and provision of PPE and sanitiser

The group spent a total of R27 million in South Africa*, and USD2.7 million in Africa Regions on health-focused CSI programmes in 2020, with a specific focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. Support included the provision of PPE, funding to improve testing capacity and hospital infrastructure, and food donations and humanitarian support

 

Projects funded by the group included the following:

In Angola, Our Blue Heroes Project, launched in 2019, provides medical assistance to disadvantaged communities in partnership with different associations. The mobile clinic provides general practice and specialised services. In 2020 we mobilised 274 Blue Heroes volunteers and partnered with local NGOs to assist approximately 3 450 people around the country with access to medical assistance and donations of necessities. This included support for 25 shelters for disadvantaged children and senior citizens in Luanda.

In Botswana,  We committed USD81 000 to a Special Relief Fund announced by the government to fight the pandemic.

We donated USD9 260, 4 000 masks, 2 000 sanitisers and 500 toiletry hampers valued at BWP 260 500 (USD23 800) to the University of Botswana Research Division towards Covid-19 Infectious Diseases research.

We donated 1 850 masks, 150 toiletry hampers and 100 sanitisers to Mahupu Unifed Secondary School. We made further donations of community relief in Gaborone, Palapye, Selebe-Phikwe, Francistown, Maun, Kazungula and Mogoditshane

In Ghana  We donated USD225 000 to support national efforts to contain the spread of the disease, including testing kits, PPE, and ventilators

Our employees chose to donate a percentage of their salaries for three months to help battle Covid-19, raising GHS329 840 (USD56 570)

In DRC, We donated hospital equipment, medicine, PPE, food and other non-food materials to the University Clinics of Kinshasa, to the value of USD50 000, benefiting over 130 patients.

Four Stanbic employees completed a 307 km Charity Walk, raising USD2 000 which they donated to an orphanage. The bank matched the donation with USD2 000 worth of materials, including computers and stationary, donated to the Institut Saint-Damien school of Kinshasa

In South Africa, we partnered with local and international organisations to deliver crucial healthcare services, medical equipment and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities.

We donated R4.5 million to the Solidarity Fund, a fund set up by business and focused on health interventions

We provided R2 million to the South African Medical and Educational Foundation (SAME), which works with the Department of Health to assist facilities and healthcare workers with urgent funding and equipment needs.

We provided R2 million to PinkDrive NPC which, in normal circumstances, undertakes cancer screening for medically uninsured individuals across the country in remote and rural areas.