INVESTEC was last night presented with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at The Community Awards.
The event, hosted by the Guernsey Community Foundation, was launched in November 2011 and celebrates community spirit.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award, in association with the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, recognises the active involvement of a commercial company directly with a charitable or community project in its locality, or through its partnership with a local charitable organisation that has had a quantifiably positive effect on the local community over the last year.
‘We are absolutely delighted to receive this award, which is well deserved by all our employees at Investec who have contributed to the partnership with Amherst Primary School. We are very pleased with how the relationship has developed, not only do we enjoy being able to make a financial contribution to the purchase of much-needed equipment, but watching the children learn, develop new skills and grow their confidence with our support, which is extremely rewarding,’ said Stephen Henry, head of Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited.
Since October 2010 staff at Investec have been integral to the development of a number of programmes at the school including the Boys Reading initiative to aid young boys in their reading, Max’s Marvellous Maths to improve the children’s maths skills and The Big Talk to encourage children to increase their vocabulary.
The partnership fulfils the bank’s core values of focussing on making a selfless contribution to society, particularly in the areas of education and entrepreneurship.
From the outset it was made clear that Investec’s financial contribution would play a small part in the partnership and that where possible the skills of Investec’s staff would be used in the classroom and during extracurricular activities.
‘Investec has made an invaluable contribution to our school over the past couple of years and many of the staff are now familiar faces and truly adored by the children, who have gained so much,’ said Mrs Moore.
‘Some of the children have even been able to visit Investec’s lovely new office to serve soup made from vegetables grown in our school garden and at the same time raise money for our Lihou and Year 6 trips.’
Investec and Amherst Primary School were recognised in the Mulkerrin Primary Review in April 2012 for the work being done at the school.