The FT has a long history of giving back to our communities and supporting charitable initiatives that drive the future of our industry. We also empower our own people to make a difference, whether it’s in the workplace or in their neighbourhoods.
In 2020, we launched the FT Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign, a new initiative dedicated to promoting and expanding financial literacy and inclusion around the world. The campaign aims to deliver clear and compelling content on basic financial subjects, and work with partners to make sure the information reaches people who need it most in the UK and around the world.
From 2006-2020, the FT ran a yearly seasonal appeal to cover the work of a charity, voted for by staff, throughout the holiday season, raising over £17m in total for charity partners. In 2020, the FT Seasonal Appeal was replaced by the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign.
The FT sponsors a number of organisations that work to secure a more diverse future for the news industry. These include:
We work with 20 partner organisations who support us with community outreach and talent for our early careers programme. These organisations include schools, colleges, universities, charities, foundations and specialist recruitment agencies. We also offer employees two paid volunteer days each year to get involved in our early careers programme and give back to our communities.
We are committed to reducing our own emissions as a business, advancing sustainable behaviours in the workplace, and providing trusted information to readers through journalism initiatives like Climate Capital and Moral Money.
Working with the Carbon Trust, we conducted an extensive global audit in 2020 to measure the carbon emissions generated from our business operations and within our value chain. The results are being used to define our sustainability goals over the next decade, and we will use an environmental management system to monitor progress year on year.
Our paper supplier, Holman, is carbon-positive and in the top one percent of sustainable companies worldwide. The FT newspaper is fully recyclable and FSC certified. In 2019, we also removed plastic packaging from all home deliveries.
Bracken House, the site of our global headquarters in London, is powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. The building is independently assessed for energy efficiency and we plan to reduce energy levels even further. We work closely with our waste management company to avoid waste streams going to landfill, and our onsite restaurant only uses compostable utensils and packaging.
Climate change crosses every beat and every section. We have two editorial initiatives dedicated to covering the topic: Climate Capital, a hub that draws together the resources of our global journalist network, plus our data, video and audio teams, to cover the climate story from all angles; and Moral Money, a twice-weekly email on socially responsible business, impact investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends.
Our global brand campaign challenges business leaders and policymakers to enter uncharted territory and create the conditions for a sustainable and responsible recovery in the aftermath of Covid-19.
FT Sustainability is an employee group working to make the FT a more sustainable workplace. The network aims to improve signage, awareness and education around waste management and recycling in our offices, and to encourage greener behaviours at the workplace and during the commute.
We are committed to upholding the highest possible standards of working practices and human rights, including equal employment, freedom of speech and of association, and cultural, economic and social well-being. We oppose illegal or inhumane labour practices, including slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
To read our Modern Slavery Statement in full, please visit this page.