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SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE AGAINST OUR FOCUS AREAS: GROWING SHARED VALUE – SASOL IN SOCIETY (CONTINUED)
Sasol for Good – employees volunteering to uplift others
Harnessing the collective skills and talent of our people for good.
At Sasol, volunteerism is part of our DNA. A powerful tool to change the world, we encourage it as
a way of contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.
Collective action is intrinsically rooted in Sasol’s core values, and through the mobilisation of our employees globally, we are able to
complement our corporate-led social investment activities with what is valuable to our employees. This allows Sasol to support a much
wider range of initiatives that are based on the individual choices of employees supported by a strong enabling governance structure.
In South Africa over 3 000 Sasol employees registered to volunteer to causes.
Sasol and our employees contributed over R1,2 million to 114 organisations as part
of our payroll and matched giving in the year. More than 120 organisations benefitted
from contributions made by employees.
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. Sasol for
Good creates an avenue to leverage the considerable, diverse abilities and expertise of our employees to become more
involved in volunteering causes to empower fenceline communities and co-create sustainable livelihoods.
The programme encourages employees to get involved in humanitarian support in their communities by volunteering
their time, skills and resources through company and employee-initiated social development causes. This allows
causes to benefit from employee giving, and also enriches employees’ understanding of community issues, making
them advocates of communities on those issues.
We support our employees by granting 40 hours per annum paid leave to spend on volunteering initiatives, and
also complement their financial contribution and fundraising initiatives to organisations of their choice via payroll
deduction, matching gifts and volunteer grants.
• Sasol partnered with the Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce through the 'Million
Gifts for Life' programme. Mandela Day was celebrated by distributing
3 000 Spur burgers to vulnerable and senior citizens in the Vaal Triangle.
• In Sasolburg, 95 ECDs in Zamdela, Oranjeville and Deneysville were gifted with
starter packs to improve their state of readiness in welcoming children back to
school. The donation consisted of 7,58 tons of food ( 3 980kilograms (kg) dry
vitamin enriched soya/vegetable mix, 1 200 kg potatoes, 1 200 kg rice, 1200 kg
samp). 2 900 liters of liquid soap, 2 050 liters of hand sanitiser, 547 sanitiser
dispensers, 380 liquid soap dispensers, 190 funnels and 632 cloth masks for
Sasol for Good Festive Drive
• Sasol in Sasolburg has been one of the main sponsors in the 'Wish Upon a Star'
programme in partnership with LUSA Community Chest and local businesses.
This initiative provided age appropriate gifts to orphaned and vulnerable children
in the Vaal Triangle during the festive season.
• Seven organisations in Metsimaholo Local Municipality were supported, of which
four of them are organisations for the mentally and physically disabled.
266 children benefitted from Sasol contribution.
Sasol for Good COVID-19 support
• Accredited board training;
• The 'Million Gifts for Life Programme' partnership between Sasol, the Golden
Triangle Chamber of Commerce, local farmers and businesses to support the Vaal
Triangle community with food and masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, has now
been extended to position for sustainable impact. Tsogo Sun, Rotary Foundation
and Avis have come on board. Projects addressing food security and job creation
will be prioritised going forward.
• Other relevant training interventions;
• Sanitiser distribution to frontline structures, schools and ECDs is continuing.
Building better capacity for NPOs, institutions in Mpumalanga
Over the years, Sasol has engaged its implementation partner,
the Siyakhula Trust, with capacity building initiatives for
institutions in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
As part of this programme, the focus has been on building up
the capacity of NPOs, strengthening governance, facilitating
growth and creating sustainability for beneficiaries spread
across the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality (including Evander,
Trichardt, Bethal, Charl Cilliers, Leandra, eMbalenhle and
Secunda). These initiatives have further extended to the Lekwa
NPOs play a great role in South Africa when it comes to bettering
communities. However, with the increasing unemployment rate,
escalating demoralisation, high crime, substance abuse and
limited economic opportunities; NPOs are increasingly facing
challenges of restrained growth and even the risk of closing.
This has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The root cause of this is largely a lack of capacity, infrastructure
as well as operational and capital funding. It is against this
backdrop that the Institution Capacity Building programme
was born. The initiative targets NPOs who focus on ECD, youth
support, old age homes, orphanages and other socio-health
The programme includes the following interventions:
• Organisational audits;
• Reviewing NPO Constitutions;
• Ensuring compliance with the Nonprofit Organisation Act,
71 of 1997;
• Assisting NPOs to secure SARS exemptions for public benefit
organisation (PBO) status;
ffering mentorship and organisational development support
to the NPOs; and
• Offering accredited certificates.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for
this project since the imposed regulations restricted movement
and limited activities that could be done in groups. However,
electronic platforms have been used to continue supporting
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