What we do

Laudes Foundation is responding to the dual crises of inequality and climate change by supporting brave, innovative efforts that inspire and challenge industry to harness its power for good.

Providing our partners with philanthropic capital, expertise and connections, we work collectively with and through specific industries to help catalyse systems change. At the same time, we work across all industries, influencing the financial sector to move towards a new economy that values all people and nature.

These two strategies are designed to help accelerate the existing movement towards a just and regenerative economy.

New Economy

The current economic system operates under a series of flawed assumptions: that resources are infinite, that costs can be cut at the expense of worker wellbeing, and that businesses - especially publicly traded businesses - must respond to short-term cycles and other misaligned incentives. These assumptions have in no small way contributed to the current crises.

 To help change the system, we work across capital markets, policy and industry to bring the value of profit, people and nature back into right relation, and co-create a new definition of value beyond shareholder interest alone.

New Economic Thinking

From academia, civil society and think tanks, there has been a surge of new economic thinking that reflects the need to address inequality and represent all members of a community. Laudes Foundation focusses on moving these ideas from theory into practice, translating thinking into policy, regulation, legislation and new business models.

New Models - Business and Value

The ambition of stakeholder capitalism needs both high-level coalitions as well as innovation in the field. We engage with industry and financial actors to change investment practices and support new ways of doing business that  recognise all stakeholders, understand the limits of what nature can support and incorporate the principles of the circular economy to keep value in the system.

Regulation, Policy and Taxation

Although regulators are increasingly incorporating climate risk globally, there’s still a long way to go to decarbonise the economy. Through regulation, policy and taxation, we can use the law to address climate and social injustice. We support smart, action-oriented policy outcomes that make a positive difference.

Fashion

The fashion industry has an outsized negative social and environmental impact. Together the apparel and footwear industries account for at least 8% of global climate impacts. A lack of transparency and unrelenting pressures on production create conditions for labour abuses to remain hidden in supply chains. At the same time, materials production and processing can cause harm to workers, farming communities and the environment.

We believe the industry can be a force for good. Building on the initiatives and experiences of C&A Foundation, we continue to work with partners across the sector and around the globe to transform the industry.

Labour Rights

The trend of fast and low-priced fashion consumption threatens the lives and livelihoods of garment workers. Workers are at the core of the fashion industry, but all too often their rights are ignored or negatively impacted.

By distributing value beyond shareholders to include other stakeholders, it’s possible for workers to be treated justly and receive a fair wage.

We work with partners across the fashion industry to tackle poor working conditions and forced and child labour. By supporting garment workers to voice their own concerns, by using transparency to create accountability and better decision making and by creating a more conducive policy environment, we help transform the industry for good.

Materials

The growth in the consumption of fossil fuel-based fibres is contributing to climate breakdown. To help to change this, we work in two areas.

In terms of farming practices, we look beyond the cotton crop and take a landscape view to help ensure that farmers’ livelihoods are viable, crops are regenerative, land is restored and biodiversity is preserved.

In terms of industry demand, we help to make the true cost of unsustainable materials visible while supporting the development of their alternatives. And we work towards a more enabling environment where policy and investors reward better and more sustainable practices.

Built Environment

The built environment includes those structures,  and facilities where people live and work. Unfortunately, current practices in building and construction have negative consequences for climate, accounting for approximately 40% of all carbon emissions worldwide. We believe innovation, reform and collaboration can help to create healthy, inspiring and carbon neutral spaces.

Net zero carbon new buildings

By convening and supporting investors, developers, architects and influencers, we support changemakers to prove to the entire industry what is possible: all buildings can be carbon neutral, inspiring and healthy to live and work in.

A lighthouse for the built environment

Following the example of Fashion for Good - a global platform for fashion innovation based in Amsterdam - we will support a visionary lighthouse project that inspires new thinking and approaches in creating structures and facilities that centre around people and nature.