A list of activities that showcase our commitment to corporate social responsibility:
The Spirit of Youth Programme: Supporting high-potential 11th Grade learners to lead with great civic, social and professional responsibility
The Spirit of Youth Programme is a platform for senior school leaders to define and voice their vision of South Africa and take responsibility for bringing that vision to fruition. The programme includes activities that enable delegates to exchange ideas with both policymakers and peers on issues critical to the future of our nation.
We use a number of innovative techniques to facilitate peer-to-peer learning on the most pivotal social and political topics facing our nation's progress. In the Spirit of Youth Programme, facilitated dialogue and experiential learning are the key tools used to support learners' growth.
The aim is to create a class that represents the diversity of South African society at large, including public and private schools in informal settlements, urban areas, townships and suburbs. The delegates' fees are subsidised through donor funds.
The programme is currently offered in Gauteng, Western Cape and Durban.
Primary School Engagement Programme: Investing in the development of basic education institutions
GIBS recognises the importance of investing in the development of basic education institutions to make a meaningful contribution to business education in South Africa, while also ensuring a sustainable stream of qualified and competent students for the business school. GIBS pursues this goal by investing in local primary school education, specifically schools in disadvantaged areas in Johannesburg, through educational and financial support. The aim is to assist these schools in becoming centres of academic excellence and help ensure that the next generation of business people in South Africa, and the next generation of GIBS graduates, have been given a world-class academic foundation. GIBS focuses extensively on the following areas: Maths, Science and English subject improvement; the development of management skills in the school's infrastructure and facilities; environmental awareness and responsibility; and nutritional supplementation (feeding schemes and vegetable gardens).
GIBS currently works with three schools:
Gordon Primary School, Alexandra (involved since 2004);
Emfundisweni Primary School, Alexandra (involved since 2010); and
Ekukhanyisweni School, Alexandra (involved since 2007).
Fulufhelo: Supporting alumni-driven CSR initiatives
GIBS supports the MBA alumni-driven non-profit organisation, Fulufhelo, by directing all student-led CSR initiatives through the organisation. This ensures sustainability of the NPO, good governance and relevant academic experiential learning to GIBS students participating in CSR projects. The GIBS sustainability manager is a member of the Fulufhelo management committee. GIBS works closely with the NPO to assist in fundraising, marketing and executing community projects.
Take A Child To Work Day: Providing high-school learners with work exposure
GIBS regularly participates in this initiative that is aimed at giving high-school learners an opportunity to be exposed to the world of work, and participate in job-shadowing and informal career workshops with GIBS staff members.
BizSchool: Facilitating the transition from school to work
Bizschool is a non-governmental organisation that arose from a desire to facilitate the transition from school to work and thereby assist to address the problem of unemployment and the lack of basic business or financial skills amoung South Africa's secondary school leavers.
BizSchool's mission is "to equip young people to enter the world of work with the the correct attitudes, skills and knowledge required to excel and be fulfilled." This mission is achieved through a programme which consists of a weekend camp in December and 13 days of programme activities.
Bizschool also offers:
Four alumni meetings which provide a platform for the alumni to meet with their mentors;
A leadership course which offers training for prospective leaders; and
A Bizschool Career Programme which gives career guidance to Grade 11 and 12 learners using psychological testing, one-on-one feedback and personal coaching. Skills are taught to assist delegates in applying for tertiary study, bursaries and/ or employment.
All these programmes take place at the GIBS campus; and meals are provided at a discounted rate. GIBS staff volunteer in the various programmes as presenters and mentors; others provide monetary donations to Bizschool.
Skills development: Enabling staff to reach their full potential
Investment in ongoing skills development is key to GIBS delivering on its commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the transformation of South Africa and the business school's commitment to supporting staff by enabling them to reach their full potential.
Various skills development programmes run by GIBS include:
Staff enrolment in relevant academic programmes at GIBS;
Staff participation in forum events, conferences, seminars and workshops held at GIBS;
Small business development and support initiatives for BBBEEE entrepreneurs; and
First-aid and fire-fighting training for full-time staff and outsourced employees, including cleaning and security staff.
Beatrice Xalisa Bursary Scheme: Providing financial assistance to children of GIBS employees
GIBS runs the annual Beatrice Xalisa Bursary Scheme, which commemorates the life and contribution of Beatrice Xalisa, who was employed as a receptionist at GIBS from its inception and who passed away unexpectedly in August 2006.
This bursary is aimed at providing financial assistance for a child of a permanent GIBS employee whose household income does not exceed R240 000 per annum and whose child/legal guardian attends a state primary school. The value of the bursary is R10 000.
Sponsorships and donations: Encouraging philanthropy among staff members
GIBS believes that what motivates an employee to join, engage and stay with an organisation, is not only the financial reward on offer, but also the unique opportunities that arise from being a member of that organisation; a level of synergy of values between individual and organisation, and opportunities for employees to enact their jobs in a way that is consistent with their personal values and ethics.
With this in mind, GIBS offers a 'Give as You Earn Programme' to its employees. GIBS matches every donation received from employees to their chosen charity organisations and NGO as a show of commitment to the philanthropic causes that are important to employees.
GIBS offers sponsorships in the form of classroom facilities and meeting spaces to various initiatives and NPOs.
Staff members at the Alexandra partner schools are also sponsored at forum events and conferences on the campus.
GIBS also makes regular collections for outreach programmes, where both staff and students at GIBS are encouraged to donate items to various needy organisations.
Health and wellness: Investing in staff health
GIBS invests extensively in staff health and wellness education, including an annual Discovery Vitality health week on campus, HIV/AIDS awareness days, breast cancer screening, lectures on nutrition and bi-annual onsite staff massages during high-stress periods.
Community Immersions: Providing delegates with a broad view of the society in which they operate
Many leadership and management programmes delivered by GIBS include a social relevance field trip. This visit is normally held in the form of an immersion activity in the Alexandra and Soweto communities or the Johannesburg inner city, and provides delegates with a broad view of the diverse business and entrepreneurial activities taking place in Johannesburg. The purpose of this module is to inspire business managers to reflect on their cultural and business paradigms.