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Social Investment

WHAT WE ARE DOING

  • Enhancing the quality of education outcomes for our learners from early childhood development to entrepreneurship and employment.
  • Increasing the pool and quality of relevant skills so bridge the education gap for our fenceline community beneficiaries in order to increase employability and portable skills for the youth.
  • Enabling economic inclusion opportunities for small businesses to contribute to the economic growth in our operating geographies through our economic transformation and local content programmes.
  • Enhancing the quality of life of our communities through better access to quality health systems and community service infrastructure.
  • Building resilient community infrastructure to improve the health, sanitation, electricity and roads for our fenceline communities through our community development programmes.
  • Increasing environmental awareness through environmental stewardship programmes which contribute to building a sustainable community.
  • Creating sustainable connections of Sasol through our employees to and non-profit organisations who do good in our communities through our Sasol for Good programme including voluntary payroll donations, once-off donations and disaster relief contributions.

SOCIAL IMPACT FOCUS AREAS

OUR SI APPROACH

We align our efforts to deliver impactful interventions that enable Sasol to remain relevant and competitive in our operating markets. We have a national integrated approach with regional execution and a focus on fenceline communities.

We work to align our investment with the specific needs of the countries and regions in which we operate including the local priorities.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

A catalyst for positive SI and change in society

OUR GOAL

Positive and measurable socioeconomic impact that leads to meaningful change

EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Access to quality education

Quality education is an enabler and has a potentially equalising effect in achieving sustainable livelihoods, and it is the most powerful vehicle for upward socio-economic mobility for every individual.

We are driving excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by taking a bottom-up approach. We do so by developing systemic interventions to improve STEM teaching and learning outcomes to prepare learners for the future world of work. Our interventions are therefore focused on teachers, learners, learning resources, career guidance and infrastructure improvement programmes.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Our interventions focus on improving education outcomes in STEM, which contributes to global competitiveness, innovation and social development. Our interventions start from early childhood development (which prepares learners with a strong foundation for learning) until employment and/or entrepreneurship (which ensures the students are work-ready and able to contribute meaningfully to society). Our key programmes and interventions include:

Early childhood education

To contribute to developing a strong foundation for learning to ensure school readiness and holistic development of children.

Supporting the Department of Education to improve STEM in schools

Supporting learning institutions to improve outcomes from educational initiatives.

Technical education development

To support the development of technical and vocational skills to address the shortage of critical skills in South Africa.

We raise awareness about technical vocational education in schools and TVET colleges and its contribution to the economy. We build capacity in these institutions and develop engineering related skills in the sector.

Tertiary education

To increase access to tertiary education and enhance research and development to benefit our country and fenceline communities. We invest in tertiary education to help individuals build the skills that will enable them to participate in the economy, contribute to social development and allow them to be responsible self-reliant citizens. We also support institutions with research and capacity building to advance innovation and improve South Africa’s global competitiveness in scientific research.

Provide our beneficiaries with access to psychosocial support

To mitigate psychological and social challenges that hinder academic success of the learners we support

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Bridge-to-work: Skills development

Skills development plays a pivotal role in creating sustainable livelihoods and driving both the formal and informal economies globally.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach to skills development considers the nature, location and scale of our activities in order to ensure that real and lasting value is created. There is a focused effort to improve the standard of training that will lead to enhanced economic opportunities in our fenceline communities. We have targeted interventions that provide youth with core skills such as technical, vocational and work readiness training to enable them to be self-sustainable and become positive contributors to local and national economies.

Enabling youth employment

Prioritising development interventions that are linked to local community value chain services.

TVET-to-work skills

Commercialising technical skills to enable sustainable income earning.

Small business development

Capacitating entrepreneurs through business development that enables them to set up sustainable enterprises.

Business skills training

Training of the unemployed aligned to economic activity.

Provision of business starter pack/trade tools

Provision of critical work tools and equipment to enable sustainable income generating activities.

Economic inclusion

We aim to achieve a diverse, transformed, sustainable and high-performing supplier base by accelerating the development of small and transformed businesses. We will do this through simplified processes, impactful development support and funding for the betterment of communities beyond the boundaries of Sasol.

OUR APPROACH

We strive to deliver maximum shared value for our organisation and our stakeholders that is built on robust, mutually beneficial relationships. This is enhanced by ensuring that we understand, translate and proactively deliver on commitments, on time and at the required quality and price. As part and parcel we continue to drive localisation and economic transformation, centered around our fenceline communities, in particular with exempted micro enterprises and qualifying small enterprises.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Community environmental programmes

Our community environmental programme is aimed at improving the quality of life, facilitating better access to community services and improving health outcomes linked to environmental risks.

Our approach

Our programmes assist learners, educators and the community at large to understand the connection between environment and economic opportunities and our dependency on the environment. The programmes cover waste management, water conservation, air quality, biodiversity and sustainable food systems.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

  • Environmental awareness in South Africa
  • Environment and biodiversity
  • Community projects related to water and sanitation

EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERISM

Sasol for Good – employee volunteering to uplift others

Collective action is intrinsically rooted in Sasol’s core values and through the mobilisation of our employees globally, we are able to complement our corporateled social investment activities with what is valuable to our employees.

OUR APPROACH

Sasol for Good, the company’s employee volunteerism programme, structures and formalises employees’ inherent willingness to give – placing people at the centre and realising the essence of partnership and co-operation. We support our employees by granting 40 hours per annum paid leave to spend on volunteering initiatives and also complement their financial contributions to and fundraising initiatives for organisations of their choice via payroll deductions, matching gifts and volunteer grants.

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