Trafigura Foundation

The Trafigura Foundation provides long-term funding and expertise to improve socio-economic conditions for vulnerable communities around the world. It joins forces with proven organisations on the ground to achieve more for its beneficiaries. In 2016, the Trafigura Foundation supported 54 programmes across 33 countries.

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Key figures


grants in 2016


donated since 2008


donated in 2016


partners in 2016





$5m grants in 2016
$48m donated since 2008
$5m donated in 2016
46 partners in 2016
33 countries
54 programmes

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.

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

Twelve 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 twomain categories: social entrepreneurship and safe & clean logistics. 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.

Download the Annual Report 2016

Introducing the Trafigura Foundation