Funding transformational initiatives

Our grants fund partners to work collaboratively on brave initiatives that can contribute to systemic industry change. 

We aim to work closely with our partners across the lifecycle of a grant. By strengthening relationships with them, we can better understand how to support their work, build the field and create an enabling environment.   

India

India is the world’s second largest producer of cotton and first in organic cotton. Here, Laudes Foundation operates on two fronts. On farming practices we work with partners to ensure that farmers’ livelihoods are viable, crops are regenerative, and land is restored. And on production practices we work to tackle the systemic issues behind the forced and child labour that is often associated with cotton production. As in all regions, gender, equity and inclusion plays a major role in all our work in India.

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Bangladesh

As one of the world's largest garment exporters, Bangladesh has been both an example of progress and a hotspot for poor working conditions. Here, Laudes Foundation is working with partners to improve working conditions of factory workers and strengthen local communities, focusing particularly on empowering women and girls.

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Brazil

Every link in the apparel supply chain can be found in Brazil. Here, Laudes Foundation is working with its partners to ensure labour rights, accelerate sustainable cotton and foster a transition to a new economy, with a heavy emphasis on promoting gender, equity and inclusion.

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Europe

Europe is an important hub for the built environment and the global work in the new economy and fashion. In the built environment, Laudes Foundation is working with its partners to help create healthy, inspiring and carbon neutral spaces. In fashion and the new economy, Laudes Foundation is working with its partners to foster the transition to new business models, encouraging innovation, collaboration and original thinking.

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Mexico

Until the end of 2020, Laudes Foundation will continue to manage grants that were made by C&A Foundation to improve working conditions, eradicate forced and child labour and to strengthen the communities where the factories (or maquilas) are located. A major focus of this work concerns the empowerment of women workers.

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Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the world’s largest producers of cotton. Its current organic cotton production is small but its potential is large. Here, Laudes Foundation is working with partners to ensure regenerative farming practices are generative viable livelihoods for farmers.

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Turkey

The garment industry is core to the Turkish economy. With the influx of Syrian refugees, the risk of exploitation and poor working conditions is high. Here, Laudes Foundation is working with partners to protect and empower Syrian refugees working in the apparel industry - especially women - to prevent abuses in the workplace.

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Tanzania

Africa’s budding apparel industry and its growing cotton production have made Tanzania - currently the largest producer of organic cotton on the continent - a country with enormous potential. Here, Laudes Foundation is working with its partners to develop resilient farming by supporting farmer training and certification.

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Indonesia

Indonesia is ranked amongst the top ten largest garment-producing countries and faces many issues with poor working conditions, especially for women workers. Here, Laudes Foundation is working with its partners to reduce non-compliance with labour laws and to empower women to negotiate for better working conditions.

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What we fund

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Solidar Suisse

€ 862,000
4 years
Ongoing
Building capacity at grassroots to engage in evidence-based bargaining using publicly disclosed data
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 3,242,079
5 years
Ongoing
Regenerative Production Landscape is an innovative place-based intervention to foster agricultural ecosystems which conserve and enhance natural resources and build community resilience whilst enabling businesses to source responsibly
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ISEAL Alliance

€ 99,725
1 year
Ongoing
To support operationalising the Delta Framework within the M&E systems of sustainability standards active in the cotton sector.
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China Labour Bulletin (CLB)

€ 780,000
4 years
Ongoing
Building greater solidarity between workers in Global South countries through workplace organizing
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Repórter Brasil Organização De Comunicação E Projetos Sociais

€ 1,364,000
4 years
General operating support to provide Reporter Brasil with flexibility to allocate resources to their institutional priorities.
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European Coalition for Corporate Justice

€ 1,399,000
3 years
Ongoing
This partnership supports a civil society coalition to advocate for robust laws at both European and national levels and increase public awareness on human rights and environmental due diligence and corporate accountability.
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Nazdeek, INC

€ 214,605
2 years
Ongoing
Building leadership of women advocates in Textile and Garment industry of Tamil Nadu
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International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

€ 250,000
1 year
Ongoing
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Frank Bold Society

€ 370,000
3 years
Ongoing
The initiative aims to strengthen corporate human rights and environmental reporting requirements in EU law.
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Fashion Roundtable Organisation Ltd

€ 56,000
9 months
Ongoing
Organisational development support
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Networks Matter

€ 168,000
2 years
Ongoing
Promoting labour rights and environmental protection in GSP and Free Trade Agreements
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Blockforce

€ 80,000
0 months
Ongoing
Support for organisational development of Blockforce.
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Sherpa

€ 249,000
31 months
Ongoing
Advocacy and improving legal frameworks for corporate accountability for human rights and environmental impact
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Peers for the planet

€ 168,000
21 months
Ongoing
Supporting Climate Change Agenda Within The House of Lords
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Finance Watch

€ 200,000
0 months
Ongoing
Climate Risks & Development of National Networks to Update Financial Prudential Regulation.
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Sunrise Project

€ 3,000,000
3 years
Ongoing
SunFund Program: Building the Capacity of NGOs Working to Shift Global Finance
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Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

€ 2,764,000
3 years
Ongoing
Partners for a New Economy fund aims to create an economic system that prioritisises the long-term health of the biosphere a a central concern, rather than as a discretionary consideration.Core Support to Partners for a New Economy Fund to Partners for a New Economy Fund
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Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute

€ 250,000
1 year
Challenging Debt for Fossil Fuels
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Carbon Tracker Initiative Limited

€ 1,500,000
3 years
Aligning Capital Market Actions with Climate Reality
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Influence Map

€ 1,900,000
4 years
Ongoing
Holding corporations accountability for lobbying which is not compliant with the Paris Climate Agreement.
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Icebreaker One Ltd

€ 380,000
7 months
Ongoing
Empower decision-makers to mandate, measure and act upon the data-flows that enable net-zero.
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Circle Economy UA

€ 239,000
15 months
Ongoing
General operating support to strengthen key function within Circle Economy.
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Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

€ 240,000
1 year
Ongoing
Support to the IEEFA global debt unit.
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The Ex'tax Project Foundation

€ 250,000
1 year
Ongoing
General operating support to strengthen key strategic areas.
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The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

€ 354,000
1 year
Ongoing
Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII)
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The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House

€ 81,000
5 months
Ongoing
Scoping Group for the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance
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Follow This

€ 400,000
2 years
Ongoing
Support to Follow This on their work on fossil fuel resolutions
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Reclaim Finance

€ 250,000
1 year
Ongoing
Dismantling financial support to fossil fuels, with a focus on European central banks and regulatory framework.
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Climate Strategies

€ 765,000
2 years
Ongoing
Just Transition of oil & gas in UK, Norway and Denmark.
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Open Apparel Registry

€ 1,602,000
5 years
Ongoing
Core support to Open Apparel Registry.
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Global Fund for Women

€ 222,000
13 months
Ongoing
Partnering with Women’s Funds to Strengthen Feminist Principles, Practices and Infrastructure for Sustainable Crises Response.
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International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

€ 248,000
2 years
Ongoing
Carrying out a campaign for the universal ratification and domestication of the norms and standards of ILO Convention (C190) to create momentum for advocacy to address gender-based violence against women (GBVAW) in the world of work.
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Breakthrough

€ 99,858
13 months
Support the development of a strong response system to gender-based violence and sexual harassment and shift normative values and behavior in a community in Faridabad, India.
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World Green Building Council

€ 1,725,000
2 years
Ongoing
BuildingLife - Whole life carbon roadmaps for the built environment
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European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS)

€ 100,000
13 months
Ongoing
European technical standards for sustainable construction.
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The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)

€ 250,000
13 months
Ongoing
Changing the metrics for a zero-carbon building stock by 2050: From energy to carbon performance
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Ramboll Denmark

€ 340,000
13 months
Ongoing
Baselines, benchmarks and targets for embodied carbon in buildings across Europe
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Green Finance Institute Ltd

€ 550,000
27 months
Financial mechanisms to accelerate investments in a decarbonised built environment
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Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC)

€ 95,000
7 months
Ongoing
Development of a “Framework for circular buildings – In-Use”
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World Business Council for Sustainable Development

€ 95,000
15 months
Ongoing
Blueprint for demand-driven decarbonisation and the business case for a circular built environment
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Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

€ 550,000
2 years
Ongoing
Dignity in the built environment through pilots, policy change and industry and investor engagement
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Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) - Game Changers Fund

€ 2,000,000
3 months
Ongoing
A ‘Game Changer Fund’ for European city policies on embodied carbon, circular material flows, and wood construction
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The Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

€ 500,000
2 years
Ongoing
The CNMI, at the University of Cambridge, is working to link forest management, timber economies, construction and better buildings to sequester and reduce carbon emissions in the construction industry.
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Climate-KIC

€ 500,000
1 year
Embodied carbon neutral, circular, and wooden large scale demonstrations in Milan and Madrid
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Timber Accelerator Hub

€ 94,000
1 year
This project will unlock the potential for mass timber construction, thus helping us meet Paris Agreement targets.
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Bauhaus der Erde

€ 2,600,000
2 years
Ongoing
Phase one funding for Bauhaus der Erde.
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World Resources Institute

€ 895,000
3.5 years
Ongoing
This project, part of the wider ‘Cities4Forests’ initiative run by the WRI and Pilot Projects Design LLC, links 7 European cities and seven dedicated tropical forests – building on the powerful concept of the ‘Sister Cities’ movement.
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World Resources Institute

€ 1,359,000
5 months
Ongoing
S-Curves – changing the narrative on the path to net zero
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Trade Union Rights Centre

€ 97,000
1 year
Ongoing
Advocacy on Indonesia's Omnibus Bill
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Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (Redeh)

€ 99,000
1 year
Ongoing
Building the Future Now! - AMB facing the impacts of the pandemic and planting alternatives
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Pesticide Action Network, UK

€ 99,000
2 years
Ongoing
Support to ensure cotton sector sustainability efforts benefit smallholder cotton farmers and the environment
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Partners in Change

€ 73,000
5 months
Ongoing
Community & Worker-Monitored Covid-19 Accountability System.
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Institute for Sustainable Communities

€ 168,000
5 months
Ongoing
Agricultural Waste & Residue as Textile Fibre Feedstock
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Institute for Future-Fit Economies

€ 50,000
6 months
Ongoing
ZOE’s project aims to ensure that European COVID-19 medium-term and long-term recovery policies are in line with the implementation of the Green Deal and a just transition.
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European Climate Foundation

€ 99,000
5 months
Working with Material Economics to ensure a more circular economy is at the core of the European Green Deal.
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Diaconia

€ 280,000
18 months
Ongoing
Consolidating agroecological production in the Brazilian semi-arid region.
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Council on Economic Policies

€ 1,100,000
44 months
Ongoing
Evaluation for economic policy solutions that strengthen individual opportunity, social cohesion and environmental stability
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Follow This

€ 100,000
7 months
Ongoing
Core support to Follow This - Climate Change
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Social Accountability International, Inc.

€ 97,000
1 year
Ongoing
Living Income and Living Wage Research in India
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Jan Sahas

€ 101,000
3 months
Completed
COVID19 emergency response funds to Jan Sahas to support vulnerable families in MP.
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 207,000
8 months
Ongoing
Building a Landscape Program in Madhya Pradesh - Scoping Stage in 2020
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Aga Khan Foundation

€ 1,617,000
3 years
Ongoing
Expand on the on-going program by continuing to support farmers in practicing organic farming, strengthen the farmer institutions, and enable these institutions with better markets
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Freedom Fund

€ 4,860,000
3 years
Ongoing
Driving systemic reform of the apparel sector through frontline interventions and global strategies
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Rutgers Law School, Center for Corporate Law and Governance

€ 34,000
7 months
Ongoing
Drafting human rights-protective model contract clauses and a buyer code for buyers to include in their international supply agreements.
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Waste and Resources Action Plan

€ 496,000
3 years
Ongoing
National plan for circular economy in fashion.
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Ocean Wise Conservation Association

€ 1
14 months
Ongoing
Conduct research into microfibre source, transport and fate in the oceans, and drive design and policy solutions.
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Healthy Building Network

€ 300,000
1 year
Ongoing
Core support to enable ChemForward to learn and scale.
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Fauna & Flora International

€ 100,000
3 years
Ongoing
Tackling microplastic fibre pollution through collaborative, cross-sector action.
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Centre for Responsible Business

€ 97,000
1 year
Ongoing
Support evidence-based policy innovations for promoting the transition towards circular apparel in India.
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GoBlu

€ 180,000
2.5 years
Ongoing
BluHub: A Sustainability Information Hub for The Fashion Industry.
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FASE - Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (MT)

€ 38,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for Federacao De Orgaos Para Assistência Social E Educação - Fase.
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Dignificando el Trabajo AC

€ 6,000
4 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Dignificando el Trabajo AC.
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Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

€ 61,000
4 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
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World Green Building Council

€ 1,700,000
2 years
Ongoing
Delivering the EU's Green Deal by driving total decarbonisation and circularity in the building sector.
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Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (Redeh)

€ 100,000
1 year
Strengthen AMB's (Brazilian Women Network) solidarity, diligence and actions to face the impacts of Covid 19 and build alternatives to current crises.
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Global Fund for Women

€ 220,000
1 year
Global Fund for Women is working to strengthen feminist principles, practices and infrastructure for sustainable crises response, including immediate COID-19 support through dedicated funding in their communities.
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Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

€ 70,000
6 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.
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BSR

€ 99,000
1 year
Ongoing
Expansion of the “Interactive Map for Business of Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations” as a unified resource for business and stakeholder partnerships.
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Diaconia

€ 250,000
18 months
This initiative will build on Diaconia's work with cotton farmers in phase 1 of our partnerships and aims to create and then leverage a network of stakeholders including organic producer institutions, brands, public agencies, civil society, universities, international organisations working towards a shared agenda of people & planet thriving.
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European Environmental Bureau

€ 1,300,000
2 years
Ongoing
To deliver an advocacy agenda for a circular economy in line with sustainable development goals.
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Action for Social Advancement

€ 474,000
3 years
Ongoing
Institutional Support for Promotion of Farm-Based Rural Livelihood Initiatives with Smallholders in India.
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New Economics Foundation

€ 4,500,000
54 months
Ongoing
Changing the rules of the economy so that it works for people and planet.
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Refugee Support Center (RSC)

€ 699,000
1 year
Ongoing
Empowering Refugee Workers in the Turkish Garment Industry: Worker Support Center II
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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

€ 3,500,000
44 months
Expand on the on-going program by continuing to support farmers in practicing organic farming, and enable improved market linkages
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Wood Mackenzie Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

€ 99,000
3 months
Completed
Synthetic Fibre Markets & Sustainability
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World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan

€ 97,000
3 months
Ongoing
Covid-19 Emergency Fund Support to WWF Pakistan.
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Fundacion Avina

€ 65,000
13 months
Ongoing
Create an accountability and transparency mechanism through the use of civic technology and open data in order to enhance labour rights protection in the garment industry in Mexico
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Better Cotton Initiative

€ 60,000
3 months
Completed
Covid 19 Emergency Fund supprt for BCI.
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World Wide Fund for Nature, India

€ 85,000
3 months
Completed
WWF India - Covid - 19 Emergency Fund
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Terre des hommes Deutschland e.V.

€ 75,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency funds in India in response to COVID 19
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Terre des hommes Deutschland e.V.

€ 600,000
3 years
Ongoing
Empowerment of girls and young women and introduction of a Mill Codex to employers and their organisations to end exploitative labour conditions in spinning mills of Tamil Nadu.
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Organic Cotton Accelerator

€ 40,000
3 months
Completed
Covid - 19 Emergency Fund support to Organic Cotton Accelerator.
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Solidaridad Regional Expertise Centre (SREC)

€ 176,000
3 months
Ongoing
Solidaridad - Covid 19 Emergency Fund
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Social Awareness and Voluntary Education

€ 56,000
4 months
Completed
Emergency funds in India in response to COVID-19
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Social Awareness and Voluntary Education

€ 94,000
25 months
Ongoing
Promoting Interstate Migrant Workers’ Federation towards Collective Bargaining in Tamil Nadu
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Save the Children India

€ 102,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency support to vulnerable and at risk families in Madhya Pradesh
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Partners in Change

€ 39,000
3 months
Completed
COVID19 Emergency response support to Partners in Change.
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OnionDev Technologies Pvt Ltd

€ 39,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency funds in India in response to COVID 19
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Nazdeek, INC

€ 18,000
1 month
Completed
Emergency funds in India in response to COVID 19
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Intellecap Advisory Services Pvt Limited

€ 256,000
16 months
Ongoing
A model for collaboration and innovative prototyping around inclusiveness in the fashion industry.
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GoodWeave

€ 80,000
3 months
Ongoing
COVID19 emergency response fund
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Freedom Fund

€ 100,000
4 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Freedom Fund in India.
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Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia

€ 39,000
4 months
Ongoing
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Foundation for Education Innovations in India.
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Anti-Slavery International

€ 100,000
5 months
Ongoing
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Anit-Slavery International
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American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences

€ 245,000
2 years
Ongoing
Follow up study on socio-economic & environmental outcomes of organic cotton farm initiatives in Madhya Pradesh.
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American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences

€ 17,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund to American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences.
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Aga Khan Foundation

€ 187,000
3 months
Completed
Covid 19 Emergency Fund support to Aga Khan Foundation
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Action for Social Advancement

€ 245,000
3 months
Ongoing
Covid 19 Emergency Fund to Action for Social Advancement
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Organic Cotton Accelerator

€ 3,670,000
0 months
Ongoing
Core support to develop a fit-for-purpose secretariat, including building HR & administrative capacity, rolling out new governance, and enabling OCA to continue formalising and delivering programmes.​
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Investor Watch

€ 1,500,000
3 years
Ongoing
Build on existing analysis of the industry’s nature-related risks and translates this into material financial risk for investors.
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Forum for the Future

€ 13,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to Forum for the Future.
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EON Group Holdings Inc

€ 432,000
13 months
Ongoing
Create and accelerate the adoption of a global standard and digital system for the identification and management of apparel products in the circular economy.
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Doughnut Economics Action Lab

€ 33,000
7 months
Ongoing
To accelerate an economic transformation that promotes human flourishing on a thriving planet.
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Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

€ 150,000
13 months
Ongoing
Developing product standard training guidance
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Council on Economic Policies

€ 1,500,000
42 months
Ongoing
To explore eonomic policy solutions that strengthen individual opportunity, social cohesion and environmental stability.
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Biomimicry Institute

€ 95,000
5 months
Completed
Using natural ecosystems to evolve the fashion industry.
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University College London

€ 95,000
1 year
Ongoing
Support for the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
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Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

€ 90,000
2 years
Ongoing
To build the intellectual and policy case for green credit guidance policies to be adopted by central banks and financial supervisors to support the transition to a net-zero carbon economy
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Issara Institute

€ 480,000
2 years
Ongoing
Advancing ethical recruitment and labour management for Cambodian migrant workers in the apparel industry in Thailand and Malaysia.
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Solidarity Center

€ 140,000
13 months
Ongoing
Strengthening women garment workers' capacity to address safety risks as they continue to combat GBVH in their workplaces.
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Global Labour Justice

€ 129,000
3 months
Ongoing
COVID-19 emergency fund support for Global Labour Justice.
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Global Labour Justice

€ 75,000
0 months
Ongoing
Supporting women to lead the fight to end gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace through organising, advocacy and practice
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Solidar Suisse

€ 50,000
8 months
Completed
Covid 19 emergency fund support to Solidar Suisse
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FASE - Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (MT)

€ 276,000
42 months
Ongoing
Agroecological Cotton: sustainable production by means of cultural and economic strengthening of Mato Grosso’s peoples and communities.
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UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

€ 22,000
1 year
Completed
Philanthropy Platform created to deepen partnerships and achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Solidarity Center

€ 21,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency Funding for Solidarity Center
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SENAI CETIQT

€ 184,000
25 months
Ongoing
Development of data, analysis, open-sourced methodologies to be validated by learning communities and disseminated through an online platform 'Inova Moda Digital' focused on creating a pathway to sustainability and circularity in fashion.
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Repórter Brasil Organização De Comunicação E Projetos Sociais

€ 28,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency Funding for Repórter Brasil
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Pia Sociedade Dos Missionarios - Missão Paz

€ 37,000
3 months
Ongoing
Emergency Funding for Missão Paz
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INSTITUTO PHI PHILANTROPIA INT

€ 16,000
1 year
Completed
Support to FIIMP - Foundations & Institutes for Impact, a joint initiative bringing together 22 Private Foundations to learn, track and understand the results of philanthropy investments in impact businesses, by trying out different financial instruments and supporting the impact investing ecosystem.
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Inpacto - National Pact Institute for the Eradication of Slave Labor

€ 40,000
3 months
Completed
Support the consolidation of the structure of InPACTO.
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Instituto Ethos De Empresas E Responsabilidade Social

€ 72
3 months
Ongoing
Emergency Funding for Ethos
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Instituto Campanha Nacional pelo Direito à Educação

€ 25,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for Campanha Nacional pelo Direito à Educação.
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Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos

€ 24,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos.
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Fundo Ângela Borba de Recursos para Mulheres

€ 10,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for Fundo Ângela Borba de Recursos para Mulheres
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Fundacion Solidaridad Latinoamerica

€ 21,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency Fund - 2020
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FICAS - International Social Environmental Fund

€ 45,000
8 months
Ongoing
Strengthening FICAS and its activities to empower migrant workers.
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FASE - Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (MT)

€ 967,000
4 years
Ongoing
Strengthen women’s rights organisations and groups so they are able to implement initiatives and jointly advocate for the rights of informal apparel workers in three Brazilian states.
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FASE - Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (MT)

€ 39,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to FASE - Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (MT).
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Ethos/DIEESE/Reporter Brasil

€ 130,000
1 year
Ongoing
Promover um Fórum Intersetorial de Diálogo Social para a melhoria das condições de trabalho do pólo produtivo de confecções de Pernambuco à luz do ODS 8.
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ESPLAR - Research and Assessment Centre

€ 21,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency Fund - 2020
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Diaconia

€ 52,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency Fund - 2020
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CDHIC - Center for Human Rights and Immigrant Citizenship

€ 44,000
8 months
Ongoing
Funding to commbate forced labour in the fashion industry.
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CAMI - Migrant Support and Pastoral Centre

€ 9,000
3 months
Completed
Emergency Funding for CAMI
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Associação Franciscana De Solidariedade - Sefras

€ 60,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for Sefras
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Associação Direitos Humanos em Rede - CONECTAS

€ 12,000
8 months
Ongoing
Monitoring laws approved during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil: description, mapping and impacts on human rights
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International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

€ 99,000
1 year
Completed
To advocate for remedy in response to freedom of association violations in Bangladesh and Cambodia and promote an enabling environment for and compliance with the Bangladesh Accord.
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Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE foundation)

€ 99,000
7 months
Ongoing
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE foundation).
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Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)

€ 75,000
5 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support for BLAST
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Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS)

€ 117,000
5 months
Ongoing
Covid-19 Emergency Fund support to BCWS.
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Bangladesh Apparel Exchange Ltd

€ 25,000
2 months
Completed
Sponsorship of Bangladesh Fashionology Summit 2020: Third Edition.
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Intellecap Advisory Services Ltd

€ 15,000
1 month
Completed
Support to extend inclusive business models.
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Better Cotton Initiative

€ 100,000
3 months
Completed
Covid-19 Emergency Fund for BCI's support of IPs
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Utrecht University

€ 499,000
4 years
Ongoing
Assess the impact of circular strategies on gender equality, job quality and sustainable livelihood of workers in the fashion value chain.
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BSR

€ 350,000
18 months
Ongoing
A Systemic approach to realising positive impact for job opportunities and quality in circular fashion.
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European Venture Philanthropy Association

€ 380,000
5 years
Ongoing
Support for the Corporate Social Investors initiative.
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Associação Franciscana De Solidariedade - Sefras

€ 405,000
2 years
Ongoing
The Network to Promote Decent Work is a collective project to combat forced labour in various sectors, including the fashion industry in the city of São Paulo, promoted by a network of civil society organizations, and partners of public entities.
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Reporter Brasil

€ 210,000
2 years
Ongoing
Prevention of child and slave labour through the improvement of care provided by public education and social assistance networks to immigrants.
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Redeh - Human Development Network

€ 300,000
2 years
Completed
Monitoring visits to Nova Friburgo, meetings and other activities that are essential to consolidate the Women Worker Network.
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Instituto Ecoar Para A Cidadania

€ 26,000
3 months
Completed
Planning of the project "Initiating Trafficking Junts" which supports female migrant heads of families.
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Solidarity Center

€ 263,000
19 months
Ongoing
Raise awareness and train Brazilian garment sector union leaders and workers to better engage in advocacy, social dialogue and legal defence efforts to combat diverse forms of gender-based violence (GBV) and to eliminate workplace discrimination against LGBTQ garment workers.
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Redeh - Human Development Network

€ 300,000
2 years
Ongoing
Supporting five thematic working groups within a network of seamstresses (The Women Workers of Friburgo Network), capable of local advocacy to uphold labour rights of apparel workers in the region.
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Fashion Revolution Brasil

€ 800,000
3 years
Ongoing
Core support for the strengthening of Fashion Revolution Brasil, which will ensure the movement's main initiatives for the next three years (2020-2022), including: three editions of the FTI, among others.
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Instituto Ecoar Para A Cidadania

€ 37
4 months
Completed
A multi stakeholder initiative that focuses on building a new business model for empowering migrant workers, especially women, living in São Paulo.
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Instituto Ecoar Para A Cidadania

€ 83,000
1 year
Ongoing
Develop a methodology that is capable of empowering seamstresses who live and work in vulnerable situations in order to enable them to enter the sustainable fashion market.
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Fibra Design Sustentável ME

€ 34
2 months
Completed
Festival to foster the development of new sustainable economic models in Latin America.
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FGV - DIREITO SP

€ 59,000
7 months
Ongoing
Building a model of due diligence in human rights together with a group of brands, so that companies in the Brazilian fashion industry can prevent, evaluate, measure, control and remediate situations of forced labour in their supply chains.
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FASE

€ 967,000
4 years
Ongoing
Strengthen women’s rights organisations and groups so they are able to implement initiatives and jointly advocate for the rights of informal apparel workers in three Brazilian states.
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FASE - Federação de Órgãos para Assistência Social e Educacional (MT)

€ 86,000
21 months
Completed
Support women's rights grassroots organisations to conduct a survey with informal female apparel workers in Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro, expand their knowledge on their the apparel supply chain, and organise themselves to collectively undertake action that may result in better working conditions.
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Alain Schraner- Modefica

€ 102,000
11 months
Ongoing
Fibres for Textiles: A Systemic Perspective to Sustainable Paths For Circular Fashion.
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Shimmy Technologies, Inc.

€ 365,000
2 years
Ongoing
Upskilling garment workers in Bangladesh in advance of automation.
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Becoming a partner

Our grant application process

In general, we do not accept unsolicited proposals. If you have an initiative that is in alignment with our theory of change, please contact us, and if we have interest in learning more we will connect you with a member of our team to talk you through the process.

Once you have spoken with a team member you will be asked to prepare a summary of your initiative. This gives us a good initial understanding of how your initiative fits with our strategy. If we decide there is a good fit, you’ll be invited to submit either a proposal light (for funding requests below EUR 100k) or a full proposal (for all requests of EUR 100k and more).

Every proposal we receive is sent to one of our programme managers. It's their job to begin the due diligence process and they'll look at whether your initiative and our programme objectives complement each other, while considering your organisation's capacity to deliver.  Our partner assessment process also includes a risk assessment and background screening for new partners.

We have different approval processes depending on the grant amount requested:

  • Applications for funding below EUR 500k are approved by Laudes Foundation’s management team and for proposals between EUR 250- 500k, we also consult two external experts.
  • All funding requests for EUR 500k or more require the approval of our Investment Committee, which meets four times a year.

Once your proposal light or proposal is approved, we'll create a legally binding contract between your organisation and Laudes Foundation. This will include intended results, evaluative criteria and evidence, reporting deliverables,  and a payment schedule.

We appreciate that applying for grants takes a lot of time and energy, and we aim to make our process as constructive and efficient as possible.

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If you're applying for a grant of less than EUR 100,000, you need to fill out a proposal light

Please don't submit a proposal light until you have contacted us. 

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If you are applying for a grant of more than EUR 100,000, then - after speaking to a programme manager - you will need to submit a proposal with a detailed description of your initiative.

The document includes an activity-based budget (please, find an optional budget template to download below), a Gantt chart and rubrics framework. In our rubrics section, we describe the specific interventions within the system we focus on to maximise our contribution. Rubrics are an important tool to help us measure and learn with our partners, as we collectively seek to contribute positive changes within a complex and changing economic system.

We would encourage you to discuss this part of the proposal template with the programme manager before beginning your submission.  

The programme manager will provide feedback on your first draft of the proposal, including input from the Effective Philanthropy team on the rubrics framework.

View the Laudes Foundation rubrics here.

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Answers to most questions

What is Laudes Foundation responding to?

Laudes Foundation was created to respond to the convergence of two global crises - inequality and climate breakdown - whose solutions require new levels of bravery and ambition globally. The global economic system’s relentless pursuit of growth and returns have brought the world to a tipping point. Humanity must change course. And we have the means to do so

What is the relationship between Laudes Foundation and C&A Foundation?

As C&A Foundation celebrated its 5th anniversary of making fashion a force for good, the team took the opportunity to evaluate its work and the changes in the industry and in the world over the past years. They realised that fashion’s issues were much bigger than the industry alone. The issues are systemic. So, they took a bold decision to launch Laudes Foundation to build on the industry-changing work of C&A Foundation in the fashion industry, but also take this approach and apply it to new industries – starting with the built environment. And importantly, to begin working to influence capital so that investments encourage good business practices. Thus, C&A Foundation’s work became the fashion programme of Laudes Foundation and the brand was retired.

How does Laudes Foundation work across its programmes?

We have two industry verticals: Fashion and the Built Environment. And we have one cross-cutting programme, Finance and Capital Market Transformation, that works across our industry verticals. This area will work with financial actors as well as with the industry actors to foster a shift in the global financial system. It will also influence investments in fashion and the built environment, to explore how finance can be used to encourage or foster innovation and good business practice.

What does the name mean?

Laudes (pronounced Lah-oo-des) Laudes is derived from the Latin word for 'praise’. It alludes to the Canticle of the Sun (Laudes Creaturarum), a song that celebrates all of creation as one family, and refers to the 2015 papal encyclical, Laudato si': On Care for Our Common Home.  The encyclical presents the current interconnected social and environmental crises as the result of the pursuit of limitless growth. It calls us all enter into debate, seek new ways of understanding progress, and invites the world of business to play a unique role. Touching on the shared Catholic heritage of the Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs, Laudes reveals both inspiration and purpose: to move towards the vision set out in Laudato si'.  At the same time, Laudes is an invitation to draw our own inspirations and traditions, believe that change is possible, and join together to build a just and regenerative economy.

In what geographies does Laudes Foundation work in?

The organisation is global in nature, with offices in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, India, Brazil, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.  Our Finance and Capital Markets Transformation programme operates globally, while our work in the Built Environment focuses on Europe and the UK, and Fashion works within the most relevant apparel producing countries in South and South-East Asia and Brazil.  

Is Laudes Foundation a Catholic organisation?

Laudes Foundation is not a Catholic organisation. The name is a reflection of the heritage and inspiration of the Brenninkmeijer family.

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