Sustainable development report 2016 | Annual report 2016


The 2016 reporting theme is Resilience in uncertain times.


In the past decade, Sanlam has experienced the ways in which systemic shocks such as the financial crisis of 2008, climate disasters and war, can disrupt and destroy value. The Group has also come to appreciate how a stable and strong financial system can absorb and mute these shocks.


Where a well-established infrastructure of insurance companies, banks, investment groups and stock exchanges exist, individuals and businesses are to some extent protected, and thus better able as a society to manage risks. In these markets, members of society have a choice of life and asset insurance, safe payment systems, access to credit, the ability to trade in any currency and accumulate assets with a high level of trust.



Sanlam’s sustainability themes

Our purpose is to create a world worth living in and to enable people to live their best possible lives within it.

The Group’s key objective is the creation of sustainable value for shareholders over the long term. This is achieved by optimising Return on Group Equity Value (RoGEV) through a continued focus on Sanlam’s five strategic pillars. These strategic pillars are supported by five sustainability themes, which are entrenched within the Group’s operations and decision-making. This ensures that the Group’s strategic pillars are tested against those key principles that will ensure long-term thinking and sustainability.

Message from the Chairman of the Social, Ethics and Sustainability committee (SES committee)

Sanlam’s key objective is the creation of value for stakeholders over the long term. Therefore, the Group drives diversity and innovation to position itself as a leader in client-centric wealth creation, management and protection. This means that Sanlam must treat its clients fairly, while doing business in a profitable and sustainable way.










News and updates on the key issues pertaining to Sanlam's sustainability programmes

Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa
Scenarios for the Future of Water in South Africa

South Africa is still recovering from the effects of the 2016 drought. Most of us now have a heightened awareness of the impacts of droughts, floods and toxic algal blooms in our dams, which are predicted to get worse with climate change. Was this drought the wake-up call we needed to get us ready for a new normal?

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Water: Facts and Futures
Water: Facts and Futures

Water has been in the headlines in South Africa for all the wrong reasons since late 2015. We have been gripped by the drought crisis, joining other regions of the world experiencing low rainfall in a warming world. Having been spared widespread shortages since the early 1990s, we had grown complacent and forgotten our natural claim to water scarcity.

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An Introduction to South Africa’s Water Source Areas
An Introduction to South Africa’s Water Source Areas

The availability of freshwater is one of the major limiting factors to South Africa’s development. We are a water-scarce country with rainfall distributed unevenly in our landscape, inconveniently away from the centres of mining and industry, and tied to seasonal cycles that drive us repeatedly from feast to famine, between floods and droughts.

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Sustaining our Earth one water droplet at a time
Sustaining our Earth one water droplet at a time

Each South African has a different view on what Sustainable Living means to them, to me, living sustainably is a lifestyle that encourages a conscience awareness of how much resources I am using on a daily basis and ways to reduce my footprint so that future generations are able exercise basic human needs such as breath clean air, drink clean water and eat fresh food.

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