Finance Score: 1
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 3
  • Poor Liquidity: -1
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +3
Overall GiG Score: 13 ?


Through their communications, events and partnerships Global Witness bring issues to the attention of audiences around the world and onto the political agenda. Their advocacy shapes and secures laws, sanctions, and changes in business practice to ensure transition to a just and sustainable future. Using a variety of techniques including undercover filming, scraping, and analysing open source and leaked data sets, their investigations are bringing justice for those disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. They get corporations to respect the planet and human rights, governments to protect and listen to their citizens, and fight to free the online world from misinformation and hate.
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  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • Over half the Board have joined recently

Financial issues to consider:

  • Liquidity appears to have been slender at the latest year end

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 0%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 98%
Liabilities/Income: 26%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 100%
Reserves/Spending: 0.1 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 0 months
Quick Ratio: 0
Asset Split ?
Established: 17 years

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Listed activities
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • Human Rights/Religious Or Racial Harmony/Equality Or Diversity
GiG Classification
  • Climate emergency
How it operates
  • Makes Grants to Organisations
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • The General Public/Mankind

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Global Witness Trust
£2,200 20/04/2023
via Big Give Green Match
ARCADIA - Forest campaign
£1,887,980 01/09/2020
To constrain the role of finance in the destruction of climate critical tropical forests and related human rights abuses, which is vital to combatting global climate change and meeting the ....more
ARCADIA - Combating illegal and unsustainable logging in tropical forests
£668,449 01/08/2016
To mitigate the current rates of biodiversity and habitat loss associated with illegal and unsustainable industrial logging in the Peruvian Amazon, Congo Basin, and South-East Asia
David & Elaine Potter Foundation - Core funding
£50,000 10/10/2014
Core funding
Samworth Foundation - Environment & Conservation
£90,000 18/06/2014
Unrestricted grant allocated to campaigning and conservation work specifically focused on land and forests.
Samworth Foundation - Environment & Conservation
£90,000 31/05/2014
Unrestricted grant allocated to campaigning and conservation work specifically focused on land and forests.
David & Elaine Potter Foundation - Core funding
£50,000 20/08/2013
Core funding
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How do they operate?

Forest Campaigning

Objectives: To expose and combat the destructive impact of deforestation and land grabbing on local communities and the environment

Description: Global Witness mobilise support for forest protection, advocating for policy change, and holding companies and governments accountable for illegal logging and deforestation.

Corruption Campaigning

Objectives: To target the root causes of corruption by uncovering and challenging the networks that enable it, particularly in the natural resource sector

Description: Global Witness advocate for transparency and accountability, leading to increased scrutiny of corrupt practices and promoting fair and ethical resource governance.

Land and Environmental Defenders Campaigning

Objectives: To protect the rights of activists and communities defending their land and the environment against exploitation and abuse

Description: Global Witness raises awareness about the risks faced by defenders, advocating for their safety, and pressuring governments and companies to respect their rights.

Climate Campaigning

Objectives: To address the intersection of climate change and natural resource exploitation, focusing on the critical role of forests and land in climate mitigation and adaptation

Description: Global Witness promote sustainable land use, advocating for climate-resilient policies, and exposing the links between environmental degradation and climate change.

Natural Resource Governance Campaigning

Objectives: To promote responsible and transparent management of natural resources to ensure that benefits are equitably shared and environmental impacts are minimised

Description: Global Witness advocate for reforms in resource governance, exposing corrupt practices, and empowering affected communities to demand their rights and fair treatment.

How is it governed?

Trustees (5)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 41-69
  • ANGUS BROWN Appointed: 2022, Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 06/02/2007, number: 1117844
  • Registered at Companies House on 21/07/2006, number: 05883832
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
16 returns made; all on time
Main office

C/O Crowe UK LLP
55 Ludgate Hill


The objects for which the company is established are to operate for charitable purposes (in accordance with the laws of England and Wales), in such a way as to promote for the public benefit the following, including but not limited to: the rule of law; human rights; the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment; an ethical and corruption-free society; and to do so by investigating and publicising using journalistic and other means, the abuse of these fundamental public benefits and advancing the education of the public in these areas.

Defined Area of Benefit:


Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving

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