Trafigura Foundation

The Trafigura Foundation provides long-term funding and expertise to improve socioeconomic conditions for vulnerable communities around the world. It joins forces with proven organisations on the ground to achieve more for its beneficiaries. In 2015, the Trafigura Foundation supported 51 programmes with 44 partners across 29 countries.

Read about the programmes here: www.trafigurafoundation.org 

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Key figures

$4.9m

grants in 2015

$43m

total amount donated since 2008

33%

of grants distributed in Africa

20.5%

of grants distributed in Asia

24.5%

of grants distributed in the Americas

22%

of grants distributed in Europe

$4.9m grants in 2015
$43m total amount donated since 2008
33% of grants distributed in Africa
20.5% of grants distributed in Asia
24.5% of grants distributed in the Americas
22% of grants distributed in Europe

Our dual mission

The Trafigura Foundation was established in 2007 with a twofold mission. We’re an independent philanthropic organisation. We have formal processes in place to select, support, monitor and review programmes.

The Foundation aims to help Trafigura gain a more complete sense of its social role as a major global economic player. We also have a responsibility to Trafigura staff. We raise awareness and forge connections between employees and the wider world.

 

 



Independence and interdependence

The ability to act independently is fundamental to our philanthropic philosophy. Our independent status is both recognised and respected at Trafigura.

At the same time, we rely on the expertise and enthusiasm of those on the corporate side of the business. Our trustees contribute knowledge and are influential advocates for our work within the company.



Confronting social realities

As a global organisation, Trafigura touches all kinds of communities. Challenging social conditions are more prevalent in emerging economies, but they also exist in the so-called advanced economies. Some face poverty, they may have problems with access to education or health and there are economic and social development issues. 

Exposing Trafigura people to these realities changes how they think about the communities on their doorstep. We are building awareness and strengthening structures for participation, namely our Charity Committees.

 



Charity committees

Eleven Charity Committees in Trafigura’s major offices connect the Foundation’s work with the Group. The Committees recommend projects for consideration by the Foundation and share information within the Group.

They also manage a Charity of the Year programme, where local employees get to vote for their favourite charity. Local staff members support their selected charity in various ways across the year. The Foundation makes a substantial financial contribution. 



Funding social change

The Trafigura Foundation provides grants to projects that spur social and economic development. Our funding activities fall into three main categories: education and integration, sustainable development and health. We focus on self-sustaining activities that help people realise their full potential. Grants are intended to have long-term benefits and typically have a minimum three-year duration.



‘JUST ADD VISION’

Why do we ‘just add vision’? Because we see ourselves as the ‘plus’, the added extra that brings people together at the right time and gets things happening. We can’t wait to find the next opportunity, the great idea that simply needs an extra push and the kind of business acumen we have at our fingertips. That’s when we step in – helping our partners create and implement a well-rounded programme that works in the real world. This is our approach to philanthropy: where there’s value waiting to be tapped into, we add vision to unleash great potential.



Introducing the Trafigura Foundation