Social impact

Our social impact strategy has three essential components, click on the tabs below to find out more.
Helping Hands

In the spirit of breaking down barriers between communities and offering hands-on help, Bain Africa participated once again in Mandela Day.

100 excited Bainies spent the day working with eight organisations, putting creative, consulting and childcare skills to good use. Fires were put out next door to TLC Children's Home, jungle-gyms were painted at Ekupholeni Trauma Centre and Kliptown Pastoral Pre-School, business ideas and strategies were tested at The Hub and the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and muscles were tested during rubbish clearing in Kliptown.


Some of the organisations and activities for the day included:

  • Playground repairs and trauma parcels at Ekupholeni Trauma Centre
  • Lunch and party packs for children and volunteers at TLC Children's Home
  • Fun Day at the 5Cees Children's Care Centre
  • Mini-consulting for social impact entrepreneurs at The Hub and entrepreneurs at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship
  • Painting Kliptown Pastoral pre-school and clearing a rubbish dump to help Taursac Community Gardens

TLC_189Bainies and Babies at the TLC Children’s Home

branson-centre_189Bain strategy for small businesses with entrepreneurs from the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship

cleanup_189Bainies transforming a rubbish dump into vegetable garden plots in Kliptown, Soweto

Pro bono

As we grow our presence in Africa, we will continue to make sizeable contributions to local organisations through formal pro-bono casework.

endeavor-south-africa-logo_165x50We worked together with Endeavour South Africa, the local arm of a global non-profit organisation that identifies and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging economies. Over a period of four months, Bain helped the Endeavour SA team to articulate their value proposition, engage their board, strengthen their internal team, design and initiate core processes, and design and plan sustainability initiatives.

M2M-logo-165x110In March 2011, a Bain team started work with m2m—in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development—to design and pilot a mechanism to track pairs of mothers and babies from first antenatal visit through to the baby’s 18-month HIV test. This mother-baby pair tracking (MBPT) system was launched at five clinics in Khayelitsha, Cape Town in June 2011.

probono-3-165x110"The most complex problems an organization faces often cannot be easily solved by those experiencing’s the outside voice that can be the best guide. Bain assisted us in deconstructing our problem, found possible solutions, and established pilot sites to explore these solutions. We are not only better for their efforts; but more likely to prosper in ways that we would not have."

– Dr. Mitchell Besser, Founder/Medical Director, m2m

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Our fundraising is currently focused on payroll giving to select South African charities, and support through national observance days. We hold regular in-office events to raise money for and awareness of such organisations. Examples include the sale of Casual Day stickers through the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities, the sale of bandanas through the Sunflower Fund (to support leukemia and other blood cancer patients), and participation in Movember.

Through our payroll giving scheme and additional donations from Bainies, we were able to buy food hampers for each child at 5Cees orphanage. During the holidays, the children spend time with their grandparents or other family members and these hampers provide vital assistance to them.

During the month of November, men all over the world put away their razors and sprout moustaches with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s cancer. During the month of November, men all over the world put away their razors and sprout moustaches with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s cancer. In 2012 and 2013, the Bain Johannesburg office proudly participated in ‘Movember’, supporting a worthwhile cause and fostering camaraderie along the way.