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A Hundred million reasons to do good business and good work

More than a hundred million reasons to do good business and good work

At RMB, we believe in “Good business. Better world”. We also believe that good business and good work are not mutually exclusive. The RMB Fund, a member of the FirstRand Foundation, is Rand Merchant Bank’s corporate social investment (CSI) vehicle, contributing at least 1% of net profit after tax towards selected projects within three development sectors. Since 2007, the RMB Fund has invested over R140 million in these focus areas.

Focus areas and 2012/13 allocations

Good business = good work.

Maths, Leadership and Development - 35% - R9 330 670
Arts, Culture and Heritage - 39% - R10 475 000
Environment and Conservation - 26% - R7 036 482

Maths, Leadership and Development

At RMB we believe it is crucial to enhance the national skills base in South Africa with highly qualified people proficient in mathematics.

The Maths, Leadership and Development programme currently supports a range of educational initiatives including university programmes, bursary and outreach programmes run by independent schools and other centres of excellence, and programmes that promote knowledge sharing and advocacy.

Arts, Culture and Heritage

The arts are a powerful communication vehicle to express visions that are beyond the capacity of words.

The Arts, Culture and Heritage programme encourages a healthy balance between the promotion of equitable access to arts and heritage, and the achievement of excellence.

Environment and Conservation

While we support economic development, it is equally important for us to invest in research, development and new technology to enhance the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Environment and Conservation programme is aligned with FirstRand’s commitment to environmentally sensitive practices. It provides support to initiatives that demonstrate strong educational and local community development opportunities through collaboration.

The RMB Fund programmes are interrogated and evaluated at regular intervals. It enables us to review our funding strategies and ensure that we remain relevant to the time and landscape in which we operate and fair to current and potential partners doing good work within our focus areas.

Employee volunteering

RMB employees regularly commit their time, money, goods and energy to a wide range of charitable initiatives.

The RMB Hug Fund continues to thrive through employee contributions of time, energy donations in kind and a further R2 million towards good causes in a variety of sectors. These include our ever-popular RMB NGO Network sessions to provide support beyond the chequebook — knowledge sharing and access to capacity-building opportunities such as the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme.

For more information regarding corporate social investment at RMB, please contact Yvette Nowell.

Current geographical presence


Gauteng - 36%
Kwazulu-Natal - 11%
Limpopo - 3%
Mpumalanga - 7%
National - 18%
Northern Cape - 2%
North West - 2%
Western Cape - 12%
Eastern Cape - 9%
Free State - 1%

* While we have some presence in all nine provinces, geographical presence is not our main concern.

RMB Fund 2012/13 Beneficiaries:

Maths, Leadership and Development

Alexandra Educational Committee
Centre for Development and Enterprise
Hilton College Vula Programme
Independent Examinations Board (IEB)
Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA)
LEAP Schools
Maritzburg College
Maths Centre
Midlands Community College
Roedean Academy
St Andrew’s School
St John’s Academy
St Mary’s School Waverley
Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP)
Tomorrow Trust
TRAC South Africa
Uplands College
University of Cape Town
North-West University
Rhodes University
Stellenbosch University
Wits University

Arts, Culture and Heritage

Apollo Music Trust
Artist Proof Studio
Black Tie Ensemble
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Cape Town Opera
Casterbridge Music Development Academy
Clowns Without Borders South Africa
Dance Forum
Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School Education Trust
Drama for Life
Durban Music School
Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra
Keiskamma Trust
Lefika La Phodiso Art Therapy Centre
Lutheran Community Outreach Foundation
Magnet Theatre Educational Trust
Moving into Dance Mophatong Trust
National School of the Arts
Opera Africa
Remix Dance Company
SA Ballet Theatre
Sibikwa Arts Centre
Uvemvane Dance Therapy Project
Zama Dance School

Environment and Conservation

BirdLife South Africa
Cape Leopard Trust
Delta Environmental Centre
Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)
Iimbovane (Ant) Project (Stellenbosch University)
SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)
Society for Animals in Distress
Southern African Wildlife College
South African Wine Industry Council
VulPro NPC
Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre
Wilderness Foundation
Wildlands Conservation Trust
Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (WESSA)