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.
The FT ran an annual seasonal appeal to cover the work of a charity, voted for by staff, throughout the holiday season. Since 2006, we have raised over £17m for our charity partners. We're not accepting charity applications this year. A new social initiative will be announced at the end of 2020.
We support a range of programmes to ensure a bright, diverse and inclusive future for the FT and our industry, including:
The FT is an official sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund, run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. The Fund supports people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists and, working with partners like the FT, helps to ensure diversity is at the top of the agenda throughout our industry.
The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a national education programme in the US that equips middle school and high school students with the tools to be smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed citizens. FT journalists are invited to volunteer with the programme, serving as guest speakers as part of NLP’s curriculum.
We partner with the Social Mobility Foundation to host work experience students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The week-long programme includes specific tasks and the opportunity to work with our award-winning journalists.
We partner with The Student View to help improve media literacy among young people. FT journalists host newsroom workshops in some of London's most underprivileged schools, teaching students how to create articles and content, and helping them to identify the difference between trusted and fake news.
We offer our staff two paid volunteer days each year to participate and give back to our communities. Some of our charity partners and programmes include:
We offer young people an opportunity to join the FT for a work placement in London. 34 people have benefited from the FT Prince’s Trust work experience programme to date.
We offer a work experience programme for people with learning disabilities in partnership with Mencap, a UK charity with a mission to help change attitudes towards people with learning disabilities.
We host coding workshops aimed at providing women, the LGBTQ community, refugees and asylum seekers a unique opportunity to learn how to code. Members of our technology team also volunteer to teach basic coding skills at a primary school near our London office.
We partner with Creative Access to allow FT employees to volunteer to help mentor early career professionals in the media and publishing industry.
We are committed to reducing our environmental impact. Our main aim is for our company operations, including emissions relating to buildings and business travel, to be climate neutral.
In the last decade, we have reduced the energy used at our London headquarters by nearly 50%.
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.