At Vivo Energy, we want to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which we operate. We have chosen to focus on three key areas of community investment.
Our community investment programmes matter to us because we employ local people and serve local businesses and individuals. We want to create lasting social and economic benefits for these communities and engage with them to earn their respect and trust.
The three themes of our community investment programme are road safety, education and the environment.
Road safety is a major challenge across Africa and particularly for businesses like Vivo Energy, which rely on trucks and road tankers for supply and distribution. World Bank data indicates that 250,000 Africans are killed on the roads every year. There are too many accidents, fatalities and injuries associated with road transport in Africa and we are determined to make a difference where we can. Our programmes are designed to deliver a cultural shift in attitudes to road safety across the general population, in particular amongst school children.
Already widely recognised as an industry leader in the promotion of road safety initiatives and higher standards, we work closely with local communities to provide training, guidance, technology and, where appropriate, funding to initiate changes to road layout and signage.
We are active in the development and delivery of a wide range of educational initiatives across the continent. Many are aimed at children and young people, with the objective of fostering academic achievement, entrepreneurship and learning. Others are focused on skills and knowledge for life, often with an emphasis on safety, environmental issues and health.
We express our commitment to protecting the environment through two complementary channels. Clearly, we have a direct responsibility for the impact that Vivo Energy makes as a business and we work hard to develop energy resources, products, services, practices and policies that reduce our impact on the environment.
We also have a responsibility to educate local communities and help them adopt behaviours that will safeguard the environment and improve energy efficiency and, as a consequence, promote both a better quality of life and a sustainable future for individuals and businesses alike.