Funder Commitment on Climate Change

When the Funder Commitment on Climate Change launched in November 2019, the Samworth Foundation’s Trustees agreed to pledge their commitment to consider how their investments, operations and funding programmes can contribute to a “fair and lasting transition to a post-carbon society”.

The Funder Commitment recognises that the growing climate emergency has become a serious threat to the way funders achieve their charitable objectives and they have a responsibility to ensure they are managing and distributing resources in a way that understands and responds to this threat.

The 6 goals that make up the Funder Commitment on Climate Change are listed below and encourage our Trustees, Staff and Key Stakeholders to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

If you are a charitable foundation and recognise that you have an important part to play in addressing the causes of climate change, please join us in this collaborative effort by signing up here:  Funder Commitment

“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”.

Goal 6 encourages Funders to report annually on their progress with meeting the pledged commitment.  The Association of Charitable Funders (ACF) has released the first year progress report of  signed up funders.  Alongside this report, the Samworth Foundation has committed to publish its own progress against each goal.  Both can be found here:

Funder Commitment on Climate Change Year 2 Report


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.

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. We will continue to develop our practice, to learn from others, and to share our learning.