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

EvLaudes Foundation is tackling the crisis of climate change and inequality in Brazil through its partnerships with IDH and Labora: Decent Work Fund.

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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 2023, 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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Systemiq

€ 249,000
12 months
Completed
Coordinating business and civil society networks to support the European Green Deal at crucial lock-in moments and the sensitive intervention points leading up to them.
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Meridian Institute

€ 100,000
24 months
Ongoing
Joining an alliance of foundations, we have the privilege use our resources and networks to learn and share knowledge about food systems and philanthropy.
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Université catholique de Louvain

€ 56,000
9 months
Completed
Supporting the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in amplifying the global conversation on the non-take up of social protection
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Meridian Institute

€ 150,000
6 months
Ongoing
Supporting the Food Forward Consortium will allow us access to strong partners learning together on how to transform the food system through a cities lense.
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Rang De UK

€ 99,990
1 month
Ongoing
Developing financial models for climate-resilient social housing.
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Sustainable Finance Lab

€ 450,000
36 months
Ongoing
Core support for Sustainable Finance Lab
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University of Surrey

€ 99,999
1 month
Completed
This grant suppors CUSP's role as Secretariat of the APPG on Limits to Growth.
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Green Finance Institute Ltd

€ 238,493
13 months
Ongoing
Property Linked Finance
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University College London

€ 89,873
24 months
Completed
Building the case for providing pro-active incentives for banks to lend more to green activities (green credit guidance policies) so they can be adopted by central banks and financial superv
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Institute for future-fit economies gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

€ 50,000
8 months
Completed
Conference Leapfrogging to a Resilient Europe
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The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

€ 66,208
4 months
Ongoing
A project to map the various 'antitrust' issues that inhibit the ability (or perceived ability) of commercial organisations to collaborate and take collective action on issues such as climat
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PERI Support Fund Inc

€ 52,083
13 months
Ongoing
Supporting heterodox economist Jayati Ghosh with research and admin capacity to help her be more effective in bringing in a socialist/feminist perspective from the Global South to policy dis
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New Economics Foundation

€ 200,000
25 months
Completed
Phase one of a new programme of work looking to advance and deepen the role of ‘universal basic services’ as part of the green new deal movement.
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New Economics Foundation

€ 3,000,000
57 months
Ongoing
Changing a wide range of rules of the economy, from green finance to social security, so that it works for people and the planet.
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The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

€ 99,766
12 months
Completed
Encourage the acceleration towards net zero proxy voting at AGMs.
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Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

€ 1,500,706
37 months
Ongoing
European Financial Markets Initiative.
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Ownership Futures

€ 99,500
13 months
Ongoing
A landscape review of organisations working on corporate entity reform in the UK.
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Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

€ 249,823
12 months
Ongoing
To transition Private Equity firms’ assets away from fossil fuels, towards lower carbon investments in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement by undertaking research and generating media
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Centre For Innovation In Voluntary Action

€ 311,460
13 months
Completed
To help create practical legal solutions to reverse climate change using collaborative problem solving by rewiring contracts and laws to create new market norms for lawyers and lawmakers to
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Community Initiatives

€ 350,000
12 months
Ongoing
To better understand how social risks can be integrated into current ESG and sustainability disclosure frameworks.
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The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House

€ 99,196
3 months
Completed
Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA).
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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

€ 249,980
27 months
Ongoing
Pilot studies on aligning corporate income taxation with climate objectives.
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Ceres

€ 1,167,726
38 months
Ongoing
Supporting the next phase of CA100+, focused on net zero portfolio alignment.
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Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute

€ 250,000
12 months
Completed
Supporting the Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute’s market based approach to shift global fixed income markets from climate change acceleration to mitigation.
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The B Team

€ 670,000
37 months
Ongoing
A grant for bold vision and brave action toward economic system change.
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Finance Watch

€ 200,000
14 months
Completed
To build evidence (climate risks) and influence the review of the EU’s Capital Requirement Regulation through the development of national networks.
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Follow This

€ 400,000
25 months
Completed
Supporting shareholder resolutions, investor engagement and media communications to push companies over the threshold to meaningful targets and actions on climate change.
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Centre For Innovation In Voluntary Action

€ 880,000
36 months
Ongoing
Supporting the engagement with lawyers in rewriting the contractual clauses where every contract tackles climate change and contributes towards a decarbonised economy in ways that contribute
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The Sunrise Project Australia Limited

€ 99,748
13 months
Completed
Aligning key proxy advisor service providers (ISS and Glass Lewis) with a 1.5C scenario.
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European Climate Foundation

€ 99,900
5 months
Completed
Funding advocacy which influences decision makers to positively change public and private sector policies; and evaluate process of influencing public opinion to affect language, attitudes an
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Fairshare Educational Foundation

€ 96,816
15 months
Ongoing
Improving stewardships skills in relation to sustainability amongst investment professionals.
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Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

€ 99,769
12 months
Completed
Designed to align proxy advisory services with a 1.5C vote recommendation Pathway.
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Institute for future-fit economies gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

€ 849,953
25 months
Ongoing
Promoting systems thinking in policy across the EU in order to address potential negative socio-economic implications of EU environmental and climate policy.
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Tax Justice Network

€ 249,361
21 months
Ongoing
To embed the politics of social justice within the ‘technical’ processes on carbon pricing at key institutions.
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The Club of Rome

€ 500,000
27 months
Ongoing
This grant enables Club of Rome to campaign for the key needs shown by their research.
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Institute for Public Policy Research

€ 1,500,000
50 months
Ongoing
To ensure people and places have greater say and control, and that our societies are hardwired for economic and environmental justice.
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Community Initiatives

€ 99,941
13 months
Completed
Strengthen Predistribution Initiative's ability to deliver on its strategy.
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European Environmental Bureau

€ 1,500,000
13 months
Ongoing
To support EEB's wider advocacy agenda in materials, the built environment and new economy.
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Institute for Public Policy Research

€ 94,539
5 months
Completed
To support research in understanding what best practice looks like in ‘mainstreaming’ ideas and policy agendas for IPPR.
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Dezernat Zukunft e.V.

€ 300,000
13 months
Ongoing
To build the research and policy agenda to rethink the EU’s macro-financial architecture and the interplay of fiscal and monetary policy.
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Centre for International Sustainable Development Law

€ 99,500
5 months
Completed
Supporting the creation of a permanent secretariat for the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance and to implement practical actions that will help to overcome the barrier presented by acting in concert.
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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

€ 99,995
18 months
Ongoing
To explore how addressing tax arbitrage could mitigate inequality.
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World Resources Institute

€ 80,000
17 months
Completed
Enabling wide adoption of Science Based Targets by private equity investors (both equity and debt).
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Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd

€ 1,499,503
44 months
Ongoing
Accelerating the EU's ambitious climate finance policy reforms by building a common narrative that integrates both stronger political alliance and strategic analysis capabilities.
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University of Surrey

€ 900,000
37 months
Ongoing
This is a general support grant to the Centre for Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity for deepening their research programme and enhancing their advocacy strategy.
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Council on Economic Policies

€ 400,000
44 months
Completed
To support the development and advocacy for fiscal and monetary solutions to address the dual crises of climate change and inequality.
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Ceres

€ 300,000
13 months
Completed
Supporting the CA100+ Initiative.
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The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation

€ 83,200
6 months
Completed
Working to ascertain the best way to engage, mobilise and accelerate ambitious for net-zero in banks at a senior level.
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European Network on Debt and Development Asbl

€ 249,374
27 months
Ongoing
To build momentum in Europe for progressive green taxation
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Climate Strategies

€ 770,020
30 months
Ongoing
This grant is designed to generate evidence for policy action, develop transition pathways and build greater collaboration and trust between oil & gas stakeholders with the aim to accelerate
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Influence Map

€ 1,901,902
49 months
Ongoing
Holding corporations accountability for lobbying which is not compliant with the Paris Climate Agreement.
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Fairshare Educational Foundation

€ 99,135
5 months
Completed
Mapping strengths and weaknesses of different campaigning tactics to make investors aware, capable and accountable for their responsibility to decarbonise buildings.
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University College London

€ 4,598,893
53 months
Ongoing
This grant supports the establishment of IIPP's Studio, work with policymakers and governments, and the Mission-Orientated Innovation Network.
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University College Dublin

€ 148,628
13 months
Ongoing
To grow and scale GreenWatch capacity to keep supporting campaigners and the NGO community with data-driven research and analysis.
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The Club of Rome

€ 499,999
21 months
Completed
The EarthForAll project creates pathways to SDG success within planetary boundaries through breakthrough modelling, stress testing by high level Commissioners from North and South and broad
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Peers for the Planet

€ 168,000
21 months
Completed
Supporting Climate Change Agenda Within The House of Lords
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Stichting Universiteits Fonds Eindhoven

€ 99,999
17 months
Ongoing
Research support to ABP advisory committee to support a 1.5C financial sector system change.
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The Chancellor, Masters, and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

€ 66,733
15 months
Completed
Seed funding in support of the creation of a decarbonisation bond index.
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Positive Money Europe

€ 450,000
24 months
Ongoing
Contributing to build the right processes so that stakeholders such as the European Parliament or NGOs make full use of their engagements with the ECB and national central banks to guide the
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Institute for European Environmental Policy

€ 99,704
6 months
Completed
Helping civil society understand the social impacts of the Fit for 55 proposals, and where the impacts are negative, how these can be mitigated.
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Accela Research Ltd

€ 99,887
9 months
Ongoing
To support the partner in establishing the foundation for a solid organization, building their reputation as an independent financial research house and testing their theory of change.
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University College London

€ 95,000
14 months
Completed
This grant supports IIPP's general staff capacity with particular focus on their communications and policy teams.
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The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

€ 354,508
15 months
Completed
Supporting work towards phase two of the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII) Framework.
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Net Zero Lawyers Alliance Ltd

€ 98,974
13 months
Ongoing
To ensure competition law does not hinder or prevent climate ambition and action.
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Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute

€ 750,000
37 months
Ongoing
Empowering the fixed income market to drive the global green transition at speed and scale.
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The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House

€ 99,362
18 months
Completed
This grant is designed to accelerate the global circular economy transition by strengthening and harmonizing the circular economy criteria of the EU and UK Taxonomies.
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World Resources Institute

€ 120,000
9 months
Completed
This grant aims to support the second phase on advancing s-curve narratives to raise ambition of key stakeholders across the public, private and civil society sectors in coordination with CO
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European Environmental Bureau

€ 1,302,115
26 months
Completed
Supporting EEB's advocacy efforts on circular economy across EU policies.
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Finance Watch

€ 650,000
37 months
Ongoing
Aiming to shift major European bank lenders from enablers of climate change to facilitators of the transition to net-zero by influencing the current EU’s sustainable finance and prudential l
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Follow This

€ 750,000
37 months
Ongoing
Shareholder activism for Paris-aligned climate strategies.
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Doughnut Economics Action Lab

€ 850,801
25 months
Ongoing
This grant supports DEAL to reframe economic narratives, influence policy regimes and work with innovators to integrate doughnut economics into more thinking and planning.
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Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

€ 77,077
15 months
Completed
Providing strategic coordination support for the High Level Champions Finance team in the run up to COP26.
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Green New Deal UK

€ 236,904
18 months
Completed
Via this grant, Laudes is supporting the strengthening of the Build Back Better coalition which seeks to campaign for a post-pandemic green and just recovery plan in the UK aiming to protect
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Strategy and Communications Group Limited

€ 500,835
18 months
Ongoing
This grant enables UK NGOs to collectively address the unjust and unsustainable UK economic model, which drives a complex web of intersecting economic, environmental, social and political ha
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Reclaim Finance

€ 250,000
14 months
Completed
Focused on dismantling financial support to fossil fuels, with a focus on European Central Banks and regulatory frameworks.
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International Institute for Sustainable Development

€ 752,854
21 months
Ongoing
Supporting phase three of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA).
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Council on Economic Policies

€ 1,100,000
44 months
Ongoing
Economic policy solutions that strengthen individual opportunity, social cohesion and environmental stability
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Finance Ideas B.V.

€ 252,000
32 months
Ongoing
Strengthening the GREEN collaboration platform for asset owners and asset managers of indirectly owned real estate to decarbonise their real estate investments.
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Carbon Tracker Initiative Limited

€ 1,500,000
37 months
Ongoing
This grant will help Carbon Tracker to provide the detailed analysis required by investors to make better decisions about investment in fossil fuels and other high emitting industries – movi
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British Institute of International and Comparative Law

€ 350,000
25 months
Ongoing
Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics.
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Tax Justice Network

€ 245,000
19 months
Ongoing
This grant aims to support ICRICT's work on the reform of international corporate tax architecture
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Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

€ 2,764,722
38 months
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
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The Waste and Resources Action Programme

€ 164,725
14 months
Completed
Integrating circular economy in intergovernmental action on climate change starting with COP26
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Icebreaker One Ltd

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

€ 239,205
15 months
Completed
This grant is for general operating support to strengthen key functions within Circle Economy.
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Trustees of Tufts College

€ 234,610
12 months
Ongoing
Rethink the foundations for international commerce and develop a WTO reform agenda to better align the trading system with the world community’s commitment to sustainability.
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University College Dublin

€ 87,500
1 month
Completed
Supporting the delivery of two complimentary annual lists for 2020 and for 2021 of the largest recipients (bond holders) and providers (bond issuers) of non-Paris-Aligned primary financing.
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Frank Bold Society

€ 99,999
16 months
Ongoing
Building momentum for the transition to a net-zero economy in the EU
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Healthy Building Network

€ 250,000
1 month
Completed
This grant supports three industry initiatives to replace harmful chemicals in their products with safer alternatives.
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The Ex'tax Project Foundation

€ 250,000
13 months
Completed
This grant is designed to strengthen key strategic areas of the organisation.
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Follow This

€ 99,700
7 months
Completed
Organisational development grant to get Big Oil to stop climate change.
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Universal Owner Initiatives Ltd

€ 170,166
12 months
Ongoing
To tackle the link between climate delay and political lobbying through the concept of universal ownership.
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Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

€ 240,000
15 months
Completed
Helping accelerate the global energy transition through market-based research and analysis used in corporate board rooms, the halls of governments and local communities.
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Reclaim Finance

€ 1,120,000
49 months
Ongoing
Dismantling the global active and passive financial support to fossil fuels with a focus on European central banks, regulatory framework, as well as through private financial institutions’ s
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Council on Economic Policies

€ 300,000
21 months
Ongoing
This grant supports advocacy to reform tax expenditures to enable the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy.
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Peers for the Planet

€ 953,971
40 months
Ongoing
This grant supports long-term action in the UK House of Lords, strengthening the overall advocacy ecosystem and ensuring that there is both sustained scrutiny and political pressure on the
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The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

€ 1,649,473
37 months
Ongoing
Paris Aligned Investment Initiative – Phase 3 – driving implementation and ambitious action.
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ImpactAssets Inc.

€ 99,748
13 months
Completed
Applying a gender lens to investments that target the climate crisis and apply a climate lens to gender-smart investments.
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The Finance Innovation Lab

€ 351,777
32 months
Ongoing
Ensuring post-Brexit policy and regulations acknowledge the important impacts finance has on the wider economy, society and environment.
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Institute for future-fit economies gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

€ 300,840
14 months
Ongoing
To strengthen collaboration between organisations in Germany advocating for economic policy that will support a green and fair economic transition.
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Institute for European Environmental Policy

€ 663,230
24 months
Ongoing
Influencing work on environmental tax reform with a specific focus on the Energy Taxation Directive (ETS) revision and its relationship to other EU carbon pricing tools, while developing IEE
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The Sunrise Project Australia Limited

€ 3,000,000
38 months
Ongoing
The SunFund Program aims to build the capacity of NGOs working on the ground to shift global finance.
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The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House

€ 81,888
5 months
Completed
Building momentum and shifting norms amongst a group of first movers - countries and financial institutions - that are developing precedent setting policies to begin a just and equitable pha
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Balanced Economy Project

€ 58,431
6 months
Ongoing
Re-balancing our economies in the wider public interest through improving competition in finance.
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University College London

€ 69,000
31 months
Ongoing
Financial system interactions with environmental tipping points.
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Fairshare Educational Foundation

€ 1,200,000
36 months
Ongoing
European Responsible Investment Network (ERIN)
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Climate Strategies

€ 80,000
7 months
Completed
This grant aims to increase transparency in upstream value chains of virgin synthetic fibre production with brands and policymakers by assessing the environmental impacts of chemical process
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Institute for future-fit economies gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

€ 151,073
15 months
Completed
Addressing climate change and inequality by steering economic policy and investments towards the implementation of new economic thinking.
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ISEAL Alliance

€ 98,701
12 months
Completed
This grant supported ISEAL alliance in piloting options for measurement and analysis of living income levels and income gaps in Madhya Pradesh, India.
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Chempolis Oy

€ 99,000
12 months
Ongoing
A collaborative trial of agricultural waste from India to develop fibres with brands, innovators, manufacturers that can seed the business case for large scale technology transfer of innovat
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CAB International

€ 399,795
36 months
Ongoing
CABI is laying the ground for organic production landscape in Pakistan by working on organic agriculture policy and supporting agri-input infrastructure.
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Stiftung Auxilium

€ 200,000
3 months
Completed
This initiative aims to provide transfer the Brazil transition process existing grant ISPN & FASE to Porticus, in 2022.
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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

€ 1,577,335
49 months
Ongoing
The Tanzania Regenerative Production Landscape Collaborative aims to convert 300,000 hectares of land in the two regions to regenerative agriculture, covering 150,000 smallholder farmers. Th
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EcoAgriculture Partners

€ 301,278
12 months
Completed
1000L is a radical collaboration of farmer and community organizations, local governments, NGOs, companies and global organizations joining together to deliver sustainable landscape solution
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Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

€ 92,148
8 months
Completed
Through this grant, we are investigating whether finance could be a significant lever to overcome the industry's heavy dependence on petrochemicals.
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Landscape Finance Lab

€ 220,000
14 months
Completed
Support to the Landscape Finance Lab to enable practitioners and investors to structure, launch and finance deals at landscape scale.
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Pesticide Action Network, UK

€ 249,950
24 months
Ongoing
We are supporting PAN-UK in participating in development of key international policies on climate, biodiversity and chemicals related to pesticide usage in agriculture.
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 330,180
60 months
Ongoing
The Sustainable Landscape is an innovative Program place-based model to foster agricultural ecosystems which conserve and enhance natural resources and build community resilience whilst infl
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 3,162,079
61 months
Ongoing
Regenerative Production Landscape Collaborative is an innovative place-based intervention in Madhya Pradesh, India to foster agricultural ecosystems, build community resilience and enable bu
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Forum for the Future

€ 1,262,794
42 months
Ongoing
This grant supports Cotton 2040 to convene stakeholder to catalyse sector-wide dialogue and action to prepare for a changing climate, and increase the uptake of sustainable cotton.
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Pesticide Action Network, UK

€ 99,977
24 months
Completed
This is a core support to PAN UK to participate in cotton sector sustainability efforts such as BCI, OCA and other international efforts on tackling high pesticide usage.
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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

€ 3,496,650
44 months
Ongoing
Increase production of organic cotton in Tanzania, and enable farmers to combat low income levels due to climate change.
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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

€ 722,365
49 months
Ongoing
The Tanzania Regenerative Production Landscape Collaborative aims to convert 300,000 hectares of land in the two regions to regenerative agriculture, covering 150,000 smallholder farmers. Th
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Esplar Centro De Pesquisa E As

€ 97,400
18 months
Completed
Organisational Development Grant
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Canopy

€ 3,600,000
57 months
Ongoing
Core support to Canopy to enable a build-up of capacity, scale campaigns and investment towards achieving their strategic objectives.
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Tracker Group Limited

€ 200,000
8 months
Completed
Through this grant, we are investigating whether finance could be a significant lever to overcome the industry's heavy dependence on petrochemicals.
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Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

€ 495,000
20 months
Completed
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
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AS-PTA Assessoria e Serviços a Projetos em Agricultura Alternativa

€ 200,000
12 months
Ongoing
This proposal aims to contribute to the strengthening of socio-ecological resilience and the economic efficiency and food security of family farming in the Borborema territory.
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Stichting Fashion for Good

€ 1,000,000
85 months
Ongoing
Fashion For Good Experience Center IV
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Diaconia

€ 280,000
28 months
Completed
This initiative will allow Diaconia to design a landscape intervention with a focus on improving the resilience of farming communities by strengthening OPACs (farmer collectives), increasing
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Wood Mackenzie Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

€ 99,100
3 months
Completed
A grant to develop a comprehensive mapping of the global synthetic fibre market and key sustainability issues within it.
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 215,649
7 months
Completed
Scoping and implementation plan for the Sustainable Landscape Program in the Brazilian Semiarid Region
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Accelerating Circularity, Inc.

€ 249,500
12 months
Ongoing
Supporting industry led trials to connect the dots and develop a circular textile-textile supply system that is commercially viable, scalable, and feasible with Accelerating Circularity and
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Canopy

€ 2,501,000
33 months
Ongoing
A grant to convene key stakeholders, developing models, drive collaboration, and build out an ag-waste pulp to product initiative to move fashion and other industries away from unsustainable
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Stichting Fashion for Good

€ 62,500
19 months
Ongoing
Through our catalytic funding, this project validates the use of novel PHA-based fibre innovations as alternatives to fossil-fuel based synthetics and eventually accelerate their development
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Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS)

€ 240,000
25 months
Ongoing
This grant contributes to building ambitious EU-level policies with sound measurement methods, accelerating the shift to a more sustainable textile sector not only at the EU-level, but also
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ISEAL Alliance

€ 99,725
15 months
Completed
To support operationalising the Delta Framework within the M&E systems of sustainability standards active in the cotton sector.
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Fairshare Educational Foundation

€ 96,000
1 month
Completed
Through this grant, we are investigating whether finance could be a significant lever to overcome the industry's heavy dependence on petrochemicals.
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Fashion for Good B.V.

€ 1,000,000
0 months
Ongoing
Fashion For Good IV
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Stichting Fashion for Good

€ 200,000
16 months
Ongoing
Through our catalytic funding to FFG and Reverse Resources, we are supporting the the scale of textile to textile recycling and filling knowledge gaps around waste to enable circularity
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Aga Khan Foundation

€ 1,576,916
42 months
Ongoing
Establishing an organic farming landscape in the Nirman region, led by farmer producer companies by providing sustained supply of organic inputs that are backed with market demand and premiu
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Social Accountability International, Inc.

€ 97,179
25 months
Completed
Supporting the study by the Ankers institute to provide a baseline of the living income and living wage in select districts of MP and developing a income zone mapping for India
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Institute for Sustainable Communities

€ 168,810
5 months
Completed
Through this grant ISC, Wageningen, and WRI will collaborate to map and analyse the availability of agri-waste across South and Southeast Asia for use as a source of raw materials for fashio
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Stichting Fashion for Good

€ 99,999
19 months
Ongoing
Through our catalytic funding, we are supporting the scale of textile to textile recycling in the region filling key knowledge gaps to drive circularity at scale
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 207,240
9 months
Completed
Support for conducting a scoping for designing a regenerative production landscape collaborative in Madhya Pradesh, India.
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Stichting Fair Trade Advocacy Office

€ 98,500
37 months
Ongoing
To promote the coordination among CSOs to achieve the objectives laid down by the EU’s Civil Society in the ‘Shadow Strategy’ through the EU Textile Strategy, Mandatory Due Diligence, Corpor
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IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

€ 2,749,019
60 months
Ongoing
The Sustainable Landscape is an innovative Program place-based model to foster agricultural ecosystems which conserve and enhance natural resources and build community resilience whilst infl
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Biomimicry Institute

€ 1,522,200
30 months
Ongoing
Through this grant the consortium led by the Biomimicry Institute will demonstrate the need for decomposition in building a bio-compatible fashion system.
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Global Witness

€ 480,000
16 months
Completed
To promote Corporate Accountability and Sustainability to Better Protect People and the Planet.
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Stichting Fashion for Good

€ 99,000
31 months
Ongoing
Enabled by Laudes' catalytic funding, this project tests the viability of innovations that use ag-waste to develop materials for the fashion industry and support them in scaling over time.
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Fashion for Good B.V.

€ 90,000
15 months
Completed
Through our catalytic funding, we enable chemical recycling innovators to validate their technology and explore pathways to scale over time.
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EcoAgriculture Partners

€ 1,221,399
37 months
Ongoing
1000L is a radical collaboration of farmer and community organizations, local governments, NGOs, companies and global organizations joining together to deliver sustainable landscape solution
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Material Innovation Institute

€ 350,000
13 months
Completed
MII is supporting the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries to adopt and scale next-gen materials by improving the supply, investment, and narrative for high quality next-gen materi
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Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia

€ 230,404
24 months
Ongoing
Organisation Development Grant-to provide support to FEDINA for building institutional capacities, strengthening second line leadership, diversifying funding and improving governance systems
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SOS Corpo Instituto Feminista para a Democracia

€ 490,400
9 months
Completed
The initiative will develop innovative action strategies to face the lack of social protection of women inserted in informality and to foster the guarantee of rights within the context of po
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Cornell University

€ 268,482
15 months
Ongoing
Mapping impacts of climate breakdown on apparel workers across Dhaka, Guangzhou (Southern China), Ho Chi Minh City (Southern Vietnam) and Mauritius
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End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation

€ 475,000
16 months
Ongoing
Support GFEMS to operationalise and launch their renewed mission to build a survivor-centric global anti-trafficking movement through effective advocacy and provision of flexible funding for
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DIEESE - Departamento Intersindical de Estatística e Estudos

€ 115,000
3 months
Completed
DIEESE Extension: strengthen actions to ensure sustainability
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Model Alliance

€ 99,000
25 months
Ongoing
To be updated
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Associação Franciscana De Solidariedade - Sefras

€ 150,000
5 months
Completed
Sefras Extension: strengthen the organisation and collective initiative
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Rede de Desenvolvimento Humano (Redeh)

€ 76,920
36 months
Completed
Women empowerment network grant - GR-071173
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Sherpa

€ 249,990
31 months
Ongoing
Advocacy and improving legal frameworks for corporate accountability for human rights and environmental impact
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Shimmy Technologies, Inc.

€ 67,584
5 months
Completed
Developing partnerships and pathways that enable today’s garment workers to access digital jobs of the (near) future.
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Trade Union Rights Centre

€ 148,000
24 months
Ongoing
To strengthen the organizational capacity of TURC and amplify workers’ voices to demand accountability in the implementation of social security in Indonesia
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DBA Global Labor Justice- International Labor Rights Forum

€ 232,147
25 months
Ongoing
to win changes in hard and soft law instruments addressing labor rights in both law/policy and in implementation to ensure harmonization with ILO C190.
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The Freedom Fund

€ 400,000
26 months
Ongoing
The initiative aims to catalyse greater enforcement of regulatory mechanisms such as the U.S. Tariff Act by supporting civil society organisations to carry out dedicated investigations to u
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Shift Project Ltd

€ 1,059,322
38 months
Ongoing
Advancing Effective Mandatory Due Diligence and Related Standards
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Networks Matter

€ 168,000
25 months
Ongoing
Promoting labour rights and environmental protection in GSP and Free Trade Agreements
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Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos

€ 600,000
13 months
Completed
The main objective of this regranting and network building initiative is to strengthen informal worker organising and undertake actions that worker organisations have prioritised to protect
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Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS)

€ 761,000
49 months
Ongoing
to be updated once approved
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Danish Institute for Human Rights

€ 2,005,068
60 months
Ongoing
Building capacity of National Human Rights Institutions to engage in the transposition and implementation of the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.
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NorthEastern University

€ 242,745
14 months
Ongoing
To inspire and challenge businesses to eradicate forced labour in supply chains through creation of an open data hub that supports corporate change among those who want to do the right thi
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Anti-Slavery International

€ 209,860
15 months
Completed
European Action to Reduce Forced and Child Labour in Global Supply Chains (Phase 2)
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The Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Inc.

€ 90,747
7 months
Ongoing
Powering Labor Rights Campaigns through Data-Driven Analysis and Capacity Building
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Pia Sociedade Dos Missionarios - Missão Paz

€ 100,000
6 months
Completed
Missão Paz: advocacy strengthening
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Fashion Revolution CIC

€ 1,390,000
49 months
Ongoing
Core support for Fashion Revolution
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Panorama Global

€ 1,000,000
26 months
Ongoing
Organizational development support to FORGE
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Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

€ 240,000
13 months
Completed
Exploring Corporate Legal Accountability in Social Auditing
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Thomson Reuters Foundation

€ 2,000,000
37 months
Ongoing
Reporting and capacity building for journalists and civil society
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Solidarity Center

€ 263,011
13 months
Completed
Empowering Brazilian Garment Sector Unions to Combat Gender-Based Violence and LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace
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Refugee Support Center (RSC)

€ 69,900
16 months
Completed
Empowering Refugee Workers in the Turkish Garment Industry: Worker Support Center II
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New Venture Fund

€ 600,000
25 months
Completed
Provide a global funding mechanism to develop and scale power-building, accountability and transformative economic, gender and climate justice strategies that tackle structural flaws in the
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Praxis UK

€ 600,709
36 months
Ongoing
Tracks– Transparency and Accountability of Key Business Sectors: Creating and strengthening an enabling ecosystem for uptake of Responsible Business Conduct.
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Federacao De Orgaos Para Assistência Social E Educação - Fase

€ 100,000
25 months
Completed
Fase Extension: Strengthening of women groups in the apparel sector and improvement of the organization's sustainability
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The Wikirate Project e.V.

€ 435,000
18 months
Ongoing
General operating support aims particularly to strengthen the organisation
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Awaj Foundation

€ 90,000
33 months
Ongoing
Strengthening Awaj Foundation's Communication Capacity
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Steelworkers Humanity Fund

€ 178,796
13 months
Ongoing
The project aims to align and advance corporate accountability around the world through the promotion of national and EU legislation.
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Transparentem

€ 287,000
13 months
Ongoing
Support for systems change
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Rutgers Law School, Center for Corporate Law and Governance

€ 404,322
24 months
Ongoing
To end extractive contract clauses and to use contracts to protect the human rights of workers in international supply chains
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Eiris Foundation

€ 71,846
5 months
Completed
Scoping the application of Influence Map methodology to social issues including labour rights.
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Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

€ 950,652
26 months
Ongoing
To establish a new news-media narrative on climate change that links climate issues and their impacts on labor, especially the impact on women and vulnerable communities.
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Shift Project Ltd

€ 427,649
27 months
Completed
Advancing Effective Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Models in Europe
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Fashion Roundtable Organisation Ltd

€ 56,000
17 months
Completed
Organisational development support
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Komitee für UNICEF Schweiz und Liechtenstein

€ 248,782
13 months
Ongoing
Strengthening social protection delivery systems for vulnerable and at-risk of distress population from Odisha, India
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HomeNet South Asia Trust

€ 249,000
36 months
Ongoing
Catalysing collective action towards a violence-free world of work for women home-based workers (HBWS) in South Asia
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Tax Justice Network

€ 98,534
13 months
Ongoing
Support organisational development for actors with a specific niche within the tax justice movement. A stronger CICTAR, through the proposed organisational development will enhance the labo
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Assoc Direitos Hum Em Rede (Conectas)

€ 1,243,297
12 months
Completed
Support for Conectas' programme "Defence of Socio-environmental Rights", as well as for its institutional strengthening priorities.
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Stichting Fair Trade Advocacy Office

€ 249,000
37 months
Ongoing
To advocate for putting in place legislation to address unfair trading practices
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European Coalition for Corporate Justice

€ 50,000
37 months
Completed
CSO coordinated EU campaign on CSDDD (amendment to grant)
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Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

€ 2,670,000
38 months
Ongoing
General Operating Support
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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 fill out our contact form. Our team reviews all grant requests regularly and if there's a fit with the work of the foundation, we will be in touch.

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. 

Proposal

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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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Frequently asked 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 to 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.

All Frequently Asked Questions