Staff Volunteerism

Old Mutual has one of the most comprehensive staff volunteerism programmes in the country with almost 30-35% of our employees across South Africa engaged in one form of volunteerism or another. Our comprehensive staff volunteer programmes are designed to integrate our company and our employees into the social fabric of the local communities in which we do business. We encourage employees to care for the community through:

  • Staff Community Builder –Employees who actively volunteer their personal time towards community development, can receive financial support up to R20000 to the organisations at which they volunteer. Since inception in 1993 this programme has invested over R53 million across approximately 3 074 grassroot community projects nationally.
  • Care & Share – We encourage employees to support community projects by allowing all staff one day’s ‘social responsibility’ leave to plant vegetable gardens; remove alien vegetation and clean rivers; build low-cost houses; spend time with HIV-positive babies or care for animals in distress etc.
  • Payroll Giving – Staff can choose to make voluntary monthly donations from their salary to organizations which specialise in the care of HIV orphans; the elderly and terminally ill; and which help animals in distress. Every staff contribution is matched rand for rand by the Foundation.

Case Studies

1. Staff Community Builder: Joseph Mnensa, Western Cape

Joseph is an Old Mutual employee and a Staff Community Builder. He also holds a black belt in Taekwon-Do, Akido, Hapkido and Yojindo, and has represented South Africa in international championships. Because Joseph volunteers his personal time to train basic martial arts to underprivileged youth, he was able to access funding through the Staff Community Builder programme to purchase practice mats, protective headwear, gloves, footwear for the youth at Centre Point Do-Jang.

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2. Payroll giving beneficiary organisation: Thandanani Children’s Foundation, Pietermaritzburg, KZN

The Thandanani Childrens Foundation was established in the early 80’s in response to the crisis of abandoned babies and children as a result of the HIV/Aids epidemic. Today the organisation has matured into providing extended family support wherever there is a vulnerable or orphaned child involved. Through the Payroll Giving programme, staff can choose to contribute a portion of their salary to social causes they care about, and their contributions are matched rand-for-rand by the Old Mutual Foundation. The Thandanani Children’s Foundation is a beneficiary of the Payroll Giving programme.

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