What is Corporate Social Responsibility?
'Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large' – World Business Council For Sustainability Development
While Ethos' primary objective is to maximise stakeholder value by generating superior returns, we unequivocally recognise our role in the broader South African community.
We embrace the premise of a 'good corporate citizen' and firmly believe that our activities support the South African economy, the government's economic development policies and our broader stakeholders. Simply put, our activities make sound business sense resulting in improved returns to our investors.
Ethos is committed to supporting initiatives at the forefront of education and welfare, for the upliftment and empowerment of disadvantaged people.
Our long-established Social Impact Programme provides support to a number of local Education and Welfare projects, including:
Student Sponsorship Programme
Ethos Support since 2005
SSP is a South African non-profit trust that enables academically talented students from low income families to excel at the country's best secondary schools. (SSP achieves this through financial assistance, mentoring and leadership development.)
SSP's success factors are: meticulous selection of students, engaged institutional and individual sponsors, strong relationships with partner schools, a critical mass of SSP Scholars at each school, mentoring, personal development, and support for Scholars and families.
SSP finances five years of high school education at schools in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Students are recruited from primary schools based on academic excellence, financial need and leadership potential.
Grey College (Bram Fischer Trust)
Ethos Support since 2015
The Trust was launched from the Reunie Hall by President Nelson Mandela in 1997. It aims to raise funds in support of lesser privileged boys to enable them to attend Grey College. It also serves as the 'vehicle' for Grey's outreach programme that enables the school to support worthy educational causes such as the academy for 150 learners who come to Grey to be taught during holidays.
The Trust was named after advocate Bram Fischer who matriculated in 1925 and was Mandela's lawyer during the Rivonia trials.
In his biography of Fischer, Clingman begins as follows: "A life begins long before it stars, emerging from other lives before returning to them again... when it emerges and takes shape, it does so against the pressure, resistance and influence of a surrounding history and ethos." This also applies to a traditional school like Grey.
Ethos Support since 2011
Founded in 2006, Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) medical volunteers provide free constructive surgeries to children and adults throughout Southern and Central Africa. OSSA also places an emphasis on providing training and educational opportunities to both its volunteers and rural health care providers in order to build capacity and create self-sustainable systems in South Africa. Operation Smile has provided Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support training to doctors throughout South Africa.
OSSA is part of a global non-profit medical services organisation that has over the past 30 years provided care to over 150 000 children and young adults worldwide and currently has a presence in over 60 countries.