Anglo American Foundation
The Anglo American Group Foundation (AAF) was established in 2018/19 by merging the activities of the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund (a highly respected South Africa-based entity) and the Anglo American Group Foundation to form a single Group-level Foundation for Anglo American operating as a single entity with a common strategy and set of trustees. The operations in the UK are managed by Anglo American internally while the South African entity is managed by Tshikululu Social Investments. In July 2021 Anglo American committed to endowing AAF with a $100 million donation, significantly boosting the Foundation’s ability to support progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This donation presents an opportunity to redefine AAF’s strategy, including governance and operating model, to ensure it can deliver to an entirely new level – creating systemic impact at scale. Guided by Anglo American’s Purpose, AAF will become a strategic grant-maker focusing on long-term system-level change within three themes:
• Clean water and energy: sustainable water resource management; access to (clean) energy / off-grid solutions
• Skills and job creation for growth: development of relevant skills for current and future jobs (focus on youth); incubating innovative tech and supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs
• Healthy living: access to primary health care; preventative health care
Anglo American and the Anglo American Foundation have long standing and deep relationships with the communities in which it operates, together with having relationships with regional and national governments. Both invest substantially in areas of socio-economic development and the environment
The Foundation supports programmes that work to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and that are aligned to Anglo American’s Purpose:
- Re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives
- Mining has a smarter future – a future where you may barely notice some mines at all. And that’s a good thing. Out of sight, but never out of mind, tomorrow’s ultimate mine will long provide the precious raw materials our modern society needs.
The Foundation is undertaking a strategic review with the intent to be more independent from the founding company. This will include developing the Foundation’s own vision and mission statement and Theory of Change
Geographic FocusAustralia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Finland, Namibia, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, UK, Zimbabwe (plus future countries of operation of Anglo American)
- Access to clean water and energy
- Health and Wellbeing
- Skills and job creation
- With cross-cutting themes – gender, youth, inclusivity, climate change resilience
- Types of intervention approaches are expected to be employed to achieve such systems level change: i) enabling systems development, ii) capacity enhancement and skills development and iii) behavior change.