Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

The importance of engaging and collaborating with communities in which we operate is guided by our corporate citizenship principles. We are committed to playing a meaningful role in community development across our areas of operation.

Our corporate social investment (CSI) strategy is supported by the philosophy of shared value. This allows for sustainable and constant growth in communities while making business sense for key stakeholders in those communities, government and PPC.

Building on our rich 126-year legacy, we remain dedicated to creating value for our stakeholders. Accordingly, our CSI philosophy is designed across specific pillars: community infrastructure investment, regional socio-economic development and education – each aimed at benefiting South Africa and our African markets.

Key Focus Area

Addressing educational needs remains one of Africa’s largest challenges. Access to education is characterized as a roadmap out of poverty as it opens doors to better economic prospects. PPC sees investing in education as a need rather than a priority, as it is crucially linked to the development of future skills for the company and the resilience of the communities in which the company operates. The implementation of education programmes will take place across the spectrum of the education journey, and include Early Childhood Development (ECD), Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education. In acknowledging that the capacity of PPC to address the full range of issues in the education system is limited, a conscious effort will be made to create and maintain partnerships with other stakeholders in the communities to ensure that learners receive holistic support and are supported throughout their educational journeys.

Creating resilient and self-sufficient communities is key not only to the sustainability and growth of the countries in which PPC operates, but also to the sustainability and growth of the PPC business. From a reputational and operational point of view, it is important that PPC is a strategic partner to communities in their economic growth and development., and that PPC is able to leverage this growth in adding value to its business through securing skills and a stable supply chain.

As a business which takes seriously the need to ensure that its positive impact is felt beyond the period of its involvement or intervention, supporting initiatives which promote the self-sufficiency of communities ensures that impact is sustained, and that dependence is not created on PPC Programmes. The predominant means through which this goal will be achieved are infrastructure, skills development and enterprise development. There will also be a small budget set aside for ad-hoc initiatives which support the delivery of the strategy and actively contribute towards the achievement of this goal.

PPC operates across a number of business units, in many different social and economic contexts. To maximize the impact and sustainability of CSI initiatives, it is important that PPC creates a holistic vision and delivers initiatives in an integrated, aligned and standardized manner. Going forward, PPC aims to focus on an outcomes-based approach for it’s CSI initiatives which recognizes that stakeholders are the cornerstone for effective development and seeks to maximise the social value created from PPC’s contributions. All internal stakeholders should be adequately qualified and experienced for their CSI role, regularly up-skilled, and performance managed to ensure a successful execution of an integrated approach.

PPC strives to do business responsibly. In conducting business, PPC acknowledges the harmful effects that it may create on the environment and society. As a result, it is necessary to implement initiatives aimed at mitigating these impacts on the environment whilst creating value for society. If your goal is aligned with one of our focus areas and you wish to apply for funding kindly download the application and submitted all relevant documents. Failure to send a complete application may disqualify your application.

Here are a few of the CSI Projects that PPC is involved in

Science laboratory project (South Africa)

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Strengthening public secondary schools to produce growing numbers of black learners with quality maths and physical science passes remains a main priority for the group. In 2018, we increased this investment significantly, spending R5,2 million supporting 20 schools (2017: R2,6 million and 12 respectively) across eight provinces in South Africa and introducing information and communications technology (ICT) into the classrooms.

In addressing the socio-economic needs of these public schools, we donated portable science laboratories that support the South African curriculum. We also provided the software to enhance both teaching and learning experiences.

Our support to learners included psychometric testing to help with subject choices and career decisions for senior learners.


Time for Change

Time for Change (TFC) is a non-government organisation that has grown from grass roots to supplying PPC Cement shopping bags and work wear. Funds raised support the education and welfare of orphaned and vulnerable children, and provide tertiary education for youth who have lived on the streets of Johannesburg. At present, 12 women and one man are employed in the sewing room, and another four women and four men work in the bakery. TFC will soon be training the women of Mugaza Sector around the CIMERWA cement factory in manufacturing work-wear and school uniforms.

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Forest Town iPad Project

Children and youth with complex disabilities have very few avenues to adaptations that facilitate their access to learning materials. This has been addressed through specialised applications (apps) for Apple iPads developed specifically for children  with disabilities. Interactive iPads enable children who cannot write to easily retrieve educational material, while children who cannot speak can ‘verbalise’ what they are learning through special “speaking” apps.

CIMERWA - Rwanda

The CIMERWA leadership sees much potential in the western Province, starting with Its home territory in Bugarama in Muganza District. Bugarama has potential to supply basmati rice to Africa, fruit juices to the nation, household furniture, chickens and eggs for local consumption and export, school uniforms and protective clothing for companies in the province.


Community Upliftment

CIMERWA is building strong partnerships with leaders and members of the local community. It currently supports nursery and primary schools, medical clinic and provides the community with clean, piped water.



This school opened in 2003, offering nursery and primary school education to 64 children of employees and the local community. Today, the school has 453 students, 14 teachers and a principal.



The clinic includes a pharmacy, 13-bed hospital and laboratory. It has grown, over time, through new services like family planning, HIV care, and immunisation with vaccines provided by the government. The CIMERWA clinic currently has 11 staff members, including a physician, two lab technicians, seven nurses and a cashier.