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Sanlam is a diversified financial services group, headquartered in South Africa, operating across a number of selected global markets.

We have been creating value for stakeholders since 1918 – for more than 100 years. Sanlam is one of the biggest internationally active insurance groups globally, and is classified as a domestic systemically important financial institution in South Africa. We contribute to financial resilience and prosperity in all the markets where we are present.

Understanding Our Strategy

Our vision is to be the leader in client-centric wealth creation, management and protection in South Africa, to be a leading player in Pan-African financial services with a significant focus on India, Lebanon and Malaysia and to play a niche role in aspects of asset and wealth management in specific developed markets.

To read more about our strategy, vision and values, visit our Investor Relations site.

Sanlam Board and Executive Committee

The Sanlam Board is overseeing a group of companies that has been in business for more than a century. Its role includes safeguarding this legacy while ensuring that the Group continues to create value for generations to come. Our board members are diverse, experienced and committed to their responsibility to exercise effective leadership by – collectively and individually – adhering to their fiduciary duties at all times.

Our Five Business Clusters

Sanlam’s Presence per Line of Business

Sanlam is one of the 50 largest internationally active insurance groups in the world with a presence in 44 countries in 2019. Through Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam has the most extensive insurance footprint in Africa. Read more about Sanlam’s client-centric solutions and channels in each of the geographical regions in which we operate, or line of business per cluster.

Sanlam's Global Footprint

  • Developed Markets
  • Emerging Markets

Responsible Business

We are committed to supporting financial resilience, well-being, prosperity and inclusion. We achieve this in a sustainable manner by creating shared value for our stakeholders.

For more information on how we are creating a world worth living in, visit the sustainability portal.


Black Empowerment (BEE)

Sanlam understands that economic transformation is a national economic priority, and black economic empowerment (BEE) is a corporate responsibility that the Group takes very seriously.


Sanlam Foundation

The Sanlam Foundation is the embodiment of Sanlam’s deep concern for the socio-economic and environmental challenges that threaten the sustainability of the environment.



At Sanlam we strive to create lasting value that protects our environment, uplifts communities and empowers individuals to live their best lives possible.



The Sanlam Board recognises Sanlam’s responsibility to conduct its affairs ethically, transparently, with accountability, fairly and in a socially responsible way.


Sanlam Awards

Best Financial Reporting

The Investment Analysts Society of Southern Africa (IAS) has awarded Sanlam with: Communications and Financial Reporting for the Insurance Sector and Best Presentation to the Society 2019.

Sanlam Group

Sanlam was awarded the Top Employer award by The Top Employers Institute for six years running – 2015 to 2020.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Achieved IAAF Gold Label status in 2017 and 2018; Participation Event of the Year at 2018 Sports Industry Awards; Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) Green Award and certificate from the Climate Neutral Group in 2017.

Sanlam Corporate

Sanlam Corporate was voted Employee Benefits Product Supplier of the Year at the 2015, 2017 and 2018 Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) Awards.

Sanlam UK

Craig Veysey, Lead Manager: Sanlam Strategic Bond Fund, won in Strategic Bond category and Mike Pinggera, Lead Manager: Sanlam Multi-Strategy Fund in Absolute Return-Multi Asset category.

Sanlam Reality

Sanlam Reality was named SA’s top loyalty programme in the insurance sector in a random survey based on the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) model.

Sanlam Group

Sanlam portfolio managers have won awards for being top performers in their fund categories in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Raging Bull Awards.

Our History

Founded in 1918, Sanlam has a rich heritage. The Group has over the years evolved from a traditional insurer to a diversified financial service provider with both local and international footprints.

Sanlam Life Insurance is a licensed financial service provider.
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