Finance Score: 5
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 12
  • Good reserves management: +3
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +12
Overall GiG Score: 26 ?

SUSTAINABLE FOOD TRUST 

Overview

The mission of the Sustainable Food Trust is to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. Rather than replicating the work of other organisations, they work as a catalyst on an international scale to build partnerships with individuals and organisations in leadership positions that help unlock the barriers to change.

A major project that has received international attention is their Global Farm Metric, a harmonised measure of on-farm sustainability used by land-managers to monitor their impacts on the environment and inform sustainable decision making. They hope to reach an international agreement, either voluntary or more formally, between governments on the adoption of their harmonised framework and to include it in negotiation talks at events such as the UN Climate Change Conference and Food Systems Summit. Conversations are ongoing with universities and farming groups overseas to conduct trials of the tool.

Source: Giving is Great

Mission:

We work to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food and farming systems that nourish the health of both people and planet.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • Reserves management has been consistently within official guidelines
  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • One or more trustees receive payments or benefits from the charity for providing services to the charity
Established: 12 years

WWW.SUSTAINABLEFOODTRUST.ORG

info@sustainablefoodtrust.org

0117 9871467

Charity Commission for England and WalesCompanies HouseFacebookInstagramX
UN SDGs
?
How you can help

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/23£2,154£1,826£327£0£1,051£6154228
31/03/22£1,574£1,517£57£0£724£5404.3158
31/03/21£952£916£36£0£667£3514.61410
31/03/20£919£819£100£0£631£34051110
31/03/19£721£743£-22£0£531£2954.8100
31/03/18*£743£738£5£0£553£2634.380
31/03/17*£678£624£54£0£548£2364.590
31/03/16*£802£619£182£0£394£207490
31/03/15£635£553£83£4£212£992.160
31/03/14£636£553£83£5£129£631.460
31/03/13£417£396£21£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 0%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 0%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 30%
Highest pay band: £110,000-£120,000
Liabilities/Assets: 30%
Liabilities/Income: 21%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 59%
Reserves/Spending: 4 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 7 months
Quick Ratio: 1.6
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Education/Training
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
The Sustainable Food Trust enables a transition to more sustainable food systems by working catalytically and collaboratively, through a combination of high-level lobbying, coalition building, public campaigning, education and media networking. This is based on three key pillars of work – policy advocacy, measuring and valuing sustainability and public awareness raising.
Who works here?
  • 22 employees
  • 8 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Sponsors or undertakes research
Where it operates
  • Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Romania, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Throughout England And Wales, Turkey, United States, Zimbabwe,

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.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Esmee Fairbairn£550,000
Prudence Trust£200,000
CHK Foundation£155,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£150,000
John Ellerman Foundation£75,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Rothschild Foundation - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£10,000 01/03/2023
Cost of living supplementary grant
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£50,000 30/01/2023
Towards unrestricted core costs as a Cost of Living Uplift
John Ellerman Foundation - Core costs (policy advocacy and public awareness raising work)
£75,000 24/11/2022
Core costs (policy advocacy and public awareness raising work)
CHK Foundation - CHK Discretionary Grant
£150,000 12/10/2022
to support specified work
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£10,000 16/05/2022
Big Give Green Match
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£500,000 26/04/2022
36
Towards project costs associated with SFT's Global Farm Metric - a common framework for measuring and reporting on-farm sustainability
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Sus-Ag Project
£-8,590 01/04/2022
Full Grant details (including summaries) can be found on the Gateway to Research website: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=78716
Prudence Trust - Global Farm Metric
£200,000 10/06/2021
Global Farm Metric (unrestricted grant to support the work of the secretariat and working groups, etc)
CHK Foundation - CHK Discretionary Grant
£5,000 25/02/2021
unrestricted, to further the Charitable Objects
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£150,000 27/03/2020
The Harmony Project (Restricted)
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£300,000 06/11/2018
36
Towards the costs associated with work that will inform and support the transition to more sustainable forms of agriculture.
Tudor Trust - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£10,000 08/11/2013
towards the cost of supporting small UK-based organisations addressing food and health issues to attend a conference on the true cost of accounting in food and farming
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Sustainable Food Trust
£60,000 06/11/2013
Towards the costs of a True Cost Accounting project that explores and communicates the true costs of the current UK food system and compares this to the costs of sustainable production and ....more
Show more rows

Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (6)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 5/6 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 32-78
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 20/08/2012, number: 1148645
  • Registered at Companies House on 24/03/2011, number: 07577102
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Campaigns and political activity policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Engaging external speakers at charity events policy and procedures
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
11 returns made; AR18: 1 days late, AR17: 2 days late, AR16: 2 days late,
Main office

38 Richmond Street
Totterdown
BRISTOL
BS3 4TQ

Objectives

1. THE PRESERVATION, CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE PRUDENT USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING BY THE PROMOTION OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION METHODS;2. THE ADVANCEMENT OF HEALTH, INCLUDING THE RELIEF OF DISEASE AND HUMAN SUFFERING BY:A. ENCOURAGING THE CULTIVATION OF FOODS AND THE UPTAKE OF DIETS (TAILORED TO LOCAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND REGIONS) THAT BRING HEALTH BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUALS AND POPULATIONS IN TERMS OF BETTER NUTRITION AND LOWER INCIDENCE OF DIET RELATED DISEASE;B. THE IDENTIFICATION OF FOOD PRODUCTION METHODS THAT IMPROVE THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF FOODS AND THE DISSEMINATION OF THIS INFORMATION; ANDC. THE RELIEF OF MALNUTRITION.3. TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN FOOD PRODUCTION METHODS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

Tips for Selecting Charities

Which areas of philanthropy are most effective?
The text of this post is taken from an article on the Effective Altruism forum. It suggests that you can achieve the most impact by supporting causes that fight extreme poverty, improving animal welfare....more
Our Top Tips for Philanthropy
Here are some ideas to help you gain more satisfaction from your philanthropy and confidence that the causes you have selected are impactful. Engage your brain, as well as your heart You....more
How to become a Philanthropist
In this Blog we outline a strategy to help people who are new to philanthropy and for those who feel dissatisfied with the impact they are having. Effective philanthropy is immensely rewarding for donors,....more

Giving is Great