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Nelson Mandela International Day


Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July 2009 by a unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly.

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.

It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.


In 2011 Aspen participated in the campaign for the first time with a single project that supported a small school for mentally and physically disabled children in Johannesburg. Such was the impact of the project, that from 2012 the commitment to the programme was extended across the 6 continents where Aspen has a business presence.

To date, Aspen's employees have engaged in more than 456 projects for nearly 470 000 beneficiaries who have been directly touched by their selfless care and generosity. Environmental projects, which can't be quantified in terms of beneficiaries directly reached but which will provide for future generations, are also receiving increased attention from certain of the business units.

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