Our commitment

UK charitable foundations provide more than £4bn of funding every year to good causes, ranging from medical research to the relief of poverty.

We, the undersigned charitable foundations, recognise that the growing climate emergency is a serious risk to the pursuit of our charitable aims. All foundations, whatever our charitable mission and field of expertise, can play a part in addressing the causes of climate change and supporting adaptation to its effects.

The necessary changes to sharply reduce emissions and to adapt to climate change bring opportunities for new industries, good jobs, a cleaner environment, and improved wellbeing, but also involve significant costs. Funders can help to bring about these changes, to ensure that everyone has access to opportunities arising from the transition to a low carbon economy, and to ensure that the costs are not disproportionately borne by those who are least able to pay.

The scale of the climate threat, and the scale of the solutions needed, means that this is an issue for all parts of civil society, and for all charitable foundations. Climate change is a health issue, an equality issue, an educational issue, an economic issue, a cultural issue, a scientific issue, a security issue and a local community issue, as well as an environmental issue. Children and young people are showing bold and effective leadership. There is a special responsibility on foundations, whose assets are held for the public good, to use their resources and independence to rise to the challenge.

We, the undersigned charitable foundations, commit to:

  1. Educate and learn

    We will make opportunities for our trustees, staff and stakeholders to learn more about the key causes and solutions of climate change.

  2. Commit Resources

    We will commit resources to accelerate work that addresses the causes and impacts of climate change. (If our governing document or other factors make it difficult to directly fund such work, we will find other ways to contribute, or consider how such barriers might be overcome).

  3. Integrate

    Within all our existing programmes, priorities and processes, we will seek opportunities to contribute to a fair and lasting transition to a post carbon society, and to support adaptation to climate change impacts.

  4. Steward our investments for a post-carbon future

    We will recognise climate change as a high-level risk to our investments, and therefore to our mission. We will proactively address the risks and opportunities of a transition to a post carbon economy in our investment strategy and its implementation, recognising that our decisions can contribute to this transition being achieved.

  5. Decarbonise our operations

    We will take ambitious action to minimise the carbon footprint of our own operations.

  6. Report on progress

    We will report annually on our progress against the five goals listed above. We will continue to develop our practice, to learn from others, and to share our learning.


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Solberga Foundation

Gower St

Frederick Mulder Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Zennström Philanthropies

JA Clark Trust

Friends Provident Foundation

Local Trust

Lankelly Chase Foundation

Barrow Cadbury Trust

Arcadia A charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Thirty Percy

The Blagrave Trust

Heathrow Community Trust

Power to Change

David Brownlow Charitable Foundation

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

World Habitat

Kreitman Foundation

Sir Walter St John’s Educational Charity

Global Greengrants Fund UK

MCS Charitable Foundation

The Samworth Foundation

John Ellerman Foundation

Hagan Family Foundation

Network for Social Change Charitable Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation

Comic Relief


OVO Foundation

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Sussex Community Foundation

The Southwood Foundation

Access - The Foundation for Social Investment

Wates Foundation

Wates Family Enterprise Trust

Treebeard Trust

Quartet Community Foundation

The Southall Trust

Badur Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation

The Ashden Trust

The Mark Leonard Trust


The Pebble Trust

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

The Cole Charitable Trust

Foundation Scotland

Corra Foundation

J J Charitable Trust

Oglesby Charitable Trust

The AIM Foundation

The Carnegie UK Trust

Arkbound Foundation

10% For the Ocean

The Albert Hunt Trust

ICAEW Foundation

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation

Bath and West Community Energy Fund (BWCE Fund)

Impact Funding Partners

Jerwood Arts

The Saintbury Trust

Kent Community Foundation

The DWF Foundation

The Veolia Environmental Trust

Bridge House Estates

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

The Robertson Trust

The Road Safety Trust

Wembley National Stadium Trust

The Worshipful Company of Grocers’ Charity

Foundation for Future London

Inspiring Scotland

St Giles & St George

The A Team Foundation

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) \ signatory to the International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change

The Dixon Foundation


Bishop Radford Trust


UK Community Foundations

The Castansa Trust

Brian Mercer Trust

Co-op Foundation

Greenwood Place

Essex Community Foundation

Barnwood Trust

BBC Children in Need

Maitri Trust

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation

Cripplegate Foundation

Nottinghamshire Community Foundation

Inverclyde Community Fund

Youth Music

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