Croda Foundation is working to sustainably improve one million lives by 2030.
We do this together with carefully selected organisations, communities and charities around the world, identifying and funding projects that will have a demonstrable, meaningful impact on people’s lives.
We are committed to developing multi-year partnerships which make the greatest impact in sustainably improving people’s lives, and address multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We do this by providing access to people, know-how and capital.
Projects are nominated in two ways:
- Employees from the Croda International group of companies around the world nominate projects and programmes for support
- Croda Foundation proactively seeks organisations that deliver projects that align with our charitable purposes, and invites them to apply
All grants are restricted to be applied for a specific purpose, with the impact measured and reported on.
Our independent Board of Trustees use core criteria and selecting criteria to decide which projects to support.
Projects must meet both of these requirements (core criteria):
- Support at least two United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Croda Foundation’s priority list. See the Priority SDGs listed below; and
- Be viable to be self-sustaining and continue independently after the Foundation funding and/or support finishes.
All projects supported by Croda Foundation achieve one of the following:
- Improve access to healthcare
- Reduce poverty, hunger, and improve livelihoods
- Protect and restore ecosystems and forests
Trustees use the following criteria to select the projects with the greatest benefit. Our projects meet any two of the following four selecting criteria:
- Social Impact There is a need for the project, and it will produce a sufficiently positive impact in the beneficiary community.
- Community The proposed beneficiary community is within one of Croda Foundation’s selected priority countries.
- Smart Science Croda uses Smart science to improve lives™. We look for projects which could benefit from this expertise, through access to existing services and know-how from the Croda Group.
- Croda Foundation Changemakers we look for projects that could benefit from our Changemakers programme - using the skills and expertise of Croda’s people, as volunteers or secondees.
What we fund Croda Foundation has three priority areas
We have two types of programmes
Croda Employee and Foundation Invited Nominations
Three times per year, Croda International’s employees are invited to nominate projects that will make an impact in sustainably improving people’s lives - by improving access to healthcare; reducing poverty, hunger, and improving livelihoods; or protecting and restoring ecosystems and forests. Croda Foundation can also invite selected organisations delivering projects that align with our charitable purposes to apply. These nominations are put forward to Croda Foundation’s independent Board of Trustees to be selected.
Charity of the year (COTY)
Each year, as part of Croda International’s staff recognition ‘Purpose Awards’, nominations can be put forward by award winners for a Charity of the Year, to deliver an outstanding project that aligns with Croda Foundation’s charitable objectives. All nominations are approved through the foundation’s due diligence process, with the winner chosen by a vote of Croda International’s employees.
UNICEF has been awarded a grant of £25,000 towards their Health Thematic Fund used to support children globally.
As a result of COVID-19 there has been disruption to routine immunisation to children across the world, children are at risk of deadly, yet preventable diseases like measles and polio. UNICEF already reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines but there is more to do. The Foundation is currently in conversation with UNICEF to see if the £25,000 donation can be restricted to vaccinate 40,000 children against measles. Find out more here
How we fund
After being selected by Croda Foundation’s Board of Trustees, all grants are restricted to be applied for a specific purpose, with the impact measured and reported on. Croda Foundation does not offer unrestricted grants, or fund core costs.
When we fund
What we don't fund
Please note that Croda Foundation does not fund:
- Religious organisations whose aim is to promote a specific religion
- Animal welfare charities
- Advocacy and campaigning projects
- Capital or building projects
- We do not accept nominations or requests from anyone other than the staff of Croda International plc.
What are we funding today?
Croda Foundation, established in 2020, is an independent charitable company set up by FTSE 100 specialty chemicals company, Croda International Plc, and is registered in England and Wales (number: 1196455). The Foundation is solely funded by generous donations from Croda International Plc and led by an independent Board of Trustees