We view Corporate Social Investment as a business imperative. Pétanque seeks to contribute meaningfully towards the communities around us. Corporate Social Investment is part of who we are and what we do – not only as an enterprise, but also on an individual level.
Investing Time and Skills
We recognise that sometimes time and skills are more needed than a cheque. Pétanque is proud to be associated with these organisations and their groundbreaking community work.
i Live 2 Lead aims to develop the next generation of women leaders through leadership skills training, mentoring and hands on training. This organisation brings together groups of young women from around the world to work and learn together and in the process form a future international network of young leaders. The leadership curriculum focuses on leadership skills that often take decades to acquire, while providing access to high-powered professional women ensures that the young women are surrounded by inspiring role models and mentors.
The training includes leadership insights, negotiation, and problem-solving skills, social media and on-camera interviewing techniques and developing the ability to think as global leaders by participating in a multi-cultural experience.
As part of the programme the young women have to do an iCAN community project (I Commit to Act Now) where they make use of the leadership skills that they have been taught.
Pétanque has teamed up with iL2L in this area and provides project planning training to the young women to ensure a higher likelihood of success of these projects. The training continues after the completion of the Summit through project planning mentorship where the young women are guided through the steps of putting their own robust project plans together, and then assisting in the execution, wrap-up and evaluation of the project. The young women not only learn to plan a project – they learn a valuable life skill as well.
Soi (meaning ‘street’ in Thai) Cats And Dogs, SCAD Foundation is committed to improving the lives street cats and dogs in Bangkok. Currently there are about 300 000 stray dogs and an even greater number of cats in Bangkok alone. SCAD advocates Animal Birth Control as the only humane method for population control and an improvement in animal welfare.
They also run a small Adoption programme, and aim to educate a culture where there is no legislation to protect animals and where people have no real concept of caring for pets. This they hope to achieve by offering children age appropriate information and helping them recognise that the world becomes a better place for us all if we care for animals. Their goal is have an animal welfare education program that will reach every child in Thailand and they also aim to have satellite clinics in every district of Bangkok for Animal Birth Control.
Pétanque worked with SCAD Foundation on a pro bono basis to map the extensive processes involved in their key programmes and functions. This resulted in clear gap analyses and identification of areas for efficiency improvements, which meant a smarter way of working with donated funds.
The Big Issue
The Big Issue is a non-profit nongovernmental organisation (NGO) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that publishes a general interest magazine every 21 days.
Through running a vendor sales operation, The Big Issue creates jobs for unemployed, homeless and socially excluded adults. Vendors buy each copy for R9 (50% of the cover price) and sell the magazine for R18.
The Big Issue’s Social Development Programme provides vendor support including vocational, life and business skills training and guidance counselling.
The Big Issue aims to actively encourage and equip vendors to “move on” from the project into mainstream society.
Pétanque engaged with The Big Issue, on a pro bono basis, to assist with organisational development, positioning and strategic planning in October 2011 – 2012.
The workshops have contributed to their overall performance improvement, ensuring that each team member has a common understanding of what each person does or should do, in order to achieve their strategic goals.
“We have collaboratively identified areas for improvement, resulting in buy-in and consensus-based implementation, both of which increased the speed and efficacy of strategic implementation.” Trudy Vlok, Managing Director.
And then we know that at times only a cheque will do. Pétanque is equally proud to support these very worthy organisations.
FTFA, a laureate of the United Nations Global 500 Role of Honour, has as its aims to contribute to greening, climate change, sustainable natural resource management and food security; to create an awareness of the benefits of environmental upliftment activities amongst all communities of southern Africa; and to contribute to poverty alleviation, improved environments, capacity building and skills development. FTFA works in partnership with government, the private and public sectors and civil society to improve the quality of life and environments for all communities of the country.
The AACL mission is to prevent and eliminate all cruelty to all animals, whether arising from ignorance, neglect or deliberate cruelty, and to alleviate suffering by such cruelty. This organization gets involved with all aspects of animal welfare: providing shelter for abandoned animals; promoting an efficient adoption programme; prosecuting animal cruelty cases; operating welfare hospitals and providing primary veterinary care for lower income groups; visiting underprivileged areas with fully equipped mobile clinics, and regularly addressing schools and clubs on the challenges of animal welfare.
The ARO was established in 1986 specifically to address the plight of animals living in township and informal settlement communities around the Cape. The Animal Rescue now boasts a successful hospital facility as well as the services of 3 Mobile Clinics manned by trained animal welfare assistants. Over 20 000 sick animals receive care every year. The ARO offers essential veterinary and animal sterilisation services, as well as community animal welfare education and forms an essential part of the animal welfare sector in the Western. The Animal Rescue Organisation is a registered NPO Registration No 003-967
According to StatsSA (2000) 14 million South Africans are vulnerable to food insecurity while 20% of the population have insufficient access to food (GHS, 2009). Yet, everyday huge amounts of quality food go to waste. Towards the end of 2008, a number of leading hunger relief organisations, including Feedback Food Redistribution, Lions Food Project, Robin Good Initiative and Johannesburg Foodbank, agreed to amalgamate their operations to form a new organisation FoodBank South Africa. With the support of national government and leading companies in the food industry, FoodBank South Africa is working towards the establishment of a nationwide network of food banks in urban and rural areas in South Africa, with the end goal of eliminating hunger and food insecurity.
The AWSS is a non-profit organisation serving the community of the greater Stellenbosch area by taking care of the community’s unwanted, mistreated and neglected pets that have been abused and thrown away. They also provide veterinary services in previously disadvantaged communities, including advocating for and promoting sterilisations of cats and dogs to curb unwanted breeding in an already overpopulated pet community.
The mission of SAMAST is to radically reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born into communities which are suffering from an animal overpopulation epidemic and attending consequences.
Their clinic is in Khayelitsha, Western Province, which is the 2nd largest informal settlement in South Africa with an estimated cat and dog population of 100,000 and 2 million human residents. Their animal related services, including sterilisations, de-worming, vaccinations, and skin disease treatments of community animals, including free collection and return of animals from their homes are all free of charge.
SA.MAST strongly believes in being pro-active and in an area where few pet guardians have access to transport, the collection of patients is an essential part of their mass sterilisation and primary treatment programme. A profound advantage of their collection and return policy is their ability to assess pet living conditions, provide advice and extra assistance when appropriate and even intervene in cases of neglect and abuse. While SA.MAST is devoted to fostering responsible pet guardianship, they are equally committed to building awareness, ensuring the reduction of diseases, the transfer of infections from animals to humans and urban renewal.