Sanlam continues to drive transformation with strategic partnerships
Sanlam, together with Sunday Times Business Times, to release the second annual Sanlam Gauge report tracking the state of transformation in SA
Sanlam, in partnership with Sunday Times Business Times, will release the 2022 Sanlam Gauge report, which provides a holistic measurement of transformation and empowerment in SA, at the end of the month.
This is the second year that the consolidated annual report will delve into SA Inc’s transformational progress with a view to sparking dialogue and finding ways to improve collective outcomes in the journey to societal equality.
The pan-African Sanlam Group, founded 104 years ago, is driving change and addressing inequality from myriad angles, including announcing two new continent-wide partnerships in the past year.
Empowerment and transformation at Sanlam
Karl Socikwa, Sanlam’s group executive for market development and sustainability, says the group has a rich history of transformation. “Sanlam was part of some of the earliest and largest BEE deals in SA. We are built on a solid foundation of fostering financial confidence, security and prosperity.
“We grew concerned when we saw that some of the powerful objectives upon which transformation and BEE were based had — in some instances, not all — become more about scorecards and certificates, rather than correcting the enduring deep chasms in our society. We wanted to play a role in placing the focus firmly back on improving the lives of millions of people.”
He says Sanlam believes that transformation and empowerment should be constantly analysed, improved and reinvigorated. “We need fresh energy to accelerate the public and private sectors’ journeys towards equality. This was our driver for working alongside our partners in the Sanlam Gauge report.”
Empowerment across the continent
Socikwa says Sanlam’s approach across the continent is intricately woven into the fabric of the organisation and into its purpose — to help all Africans live with financial confidence.
Access to financial vehicles that protect and grow wealth is the fundamental starting point for building financial resilience in a societyKarl Socikwa, Sanlam’s group executive for market development and sustainability
“Since we released the last Sanlam Gauge, we have announced two strategic partnerships across Africa. Both were selected because they enable us to give Africans access to financial products at scale. Access to financial vehicles that protect and grow wealth is the fundamental starting point for building financial resilience in a society — insurance to protect what you have, investments to grow your money.
“Our partnership with MTN has already seen us sell 14-million policies at an average premium of just R4. And our more recent R33bn joint venture with Allianz will strengthen both our and Allianz’s offerings in 29 high-growth African nations.”
Focus in SA
“Locally, alongside myriad financial education and education initiatives, we have allocated millions in discretionary capital to funds and programmes to give small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) access to finance and markets — two of their biggest challenges,” says Socikwa.
“Globally, SMMEs are the main drivers of job creation, so we know that this is where our focus must be placed. Funds such as Sanlam Investments’ Investors’ Legacy Range and the Resilience Fund — which preserved or created much needed jobs in just two years — will shortly be joined by other initiatives in the SMME space which have recently received board approval.”
Sanlam’s internal transformation journey
“Our internal journey to transformation continues. Right now, 77% of our employees are black and 62% are female, but there is room for more improvement, particularly at a senior manager and executive level. We continue to push hard on all elements of our internal transformation. One of the biggest challenges in our business is finding talent, and making sure that over the next few years we have the best people, with demographics that mirror the population,” he says.
“At an ownership level, we were excited last year to become the largest black-owned asset manager in SA. Asset management is one of the most effective ways to drive transformation and growth in a country, and so this is a pivotal part of our strategy too. The overall group ownership structure is ahead of industry targets, but we continue to push for more diversification,’’ says Socikwa.
The 2022 Sanlam Gauge report will be launched as part of the Sanlam Gauge Conference to be held virtually on July 20. Click here to register for this free event.