Corporate Social Responsibility/Investment
Inspired by our group purpose of “creating a future, enhancing life”, Model Pick n Pay’s corporate social investment (CSI) portfolio ensures that we not only add value to local communities within which we operate through the delivery of a world-class shopping experience, but also through social upliftment support within these communities. As such, while Pick n Pay leads various initiatives at group level, each of our 23 stores is also involved in projects at community level. Beneficiaries of store-led initiatives include the Anamulenge Primary School in Outapi; Oonte in Ondangwa and the Namibia Children’s Home in Eros, Windhoek, to mention but a few.
Pick n Pay is committed to the upliftment of communities by supporting food security, education and entrepreneurship. This is evident in our support of for example the Havanna Winter Soup kitchen that provided 32 000 meals to needy members of the community during 2015, and our ongoing support of The Dorkas Community Development Organization which provides daily meals to more than 40 children.
Together with our joint venture partner Natural Value Foods, we have increased local food production by increasing yields of spinach, cabbage, barley and oats grown at Otavifontein.
We continue to support local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through mentorship and coaching, and by providing assistance with meeting our stringent quality and listing requirements, and also through preferential procurement of locally grown products. All of these efforts not only enhance our contribution to our O&L Group vision metric of creating 4 000 additional job opportunities by 2019, but also complement Namibia’s Growth At Home Strategy and Vision 2030.
In preserving Namibia’s environment and complementing our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, Pick n Pay partnered with the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF), www.rnf.com.na with the “Bag to Nature” initiative whereby reusable cloth bags are sold as an alternative to plastic bags, and the proceeds support the RNF in the promotion of the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.