Working responsibly

Charitable giving

We want to give something back to the communities in which we work, both through focused social investment and charitable donations.

In regions where we are operationally active our support for local communities is coordinated in-country as part of our Impact Benefit Plan.

See how we have supported The Hunger Project in Senegal in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

The Cairn Charities Committee’s primary focus is on distributing its annual budget among charities based in Edinburgh and the Lothians area, where Cairn is headquartered. The committee evaluates applications based on our selection criteria.

We have now disbursed most of our 2019 allocation for charitable giving and will be accepting applications for a limited, further round of awards for this year until Friday 29 March 2019. All organisations that have applied in previous years are welcome to do so again. 

Please note that 2020 funding applications should be submitted by Friday 1 November 2019.

All requests for funding are required to be submitted using our application form.

Selection criteria

Cairn looks to support charities that, first and foremost, share our core values of Respect, Relationships and Responsibility.

We also look to support charities that encourage the behaviours we value in our own organisation, such as teamwork, fostering individual potential and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit.

Cairn supports charities across a number of categories including young people, communities, health, environment, arts and culture, and education and learning.

Please note, Cairn does not fund the following:

  • charities with religious or political affiliations;
  • political parties;
  • places of worship;
  • labour unions;
  • organisations where there is a potential conflict of interest;
  • organisations that discriminate; or
  • individual sponsorship.