Working responsibly

Charitable giving

We want to give something back to the communities in which we work, through both 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, a women-led microfinance project, in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

Cairn has an annual charitable giving programme, managed by its Charities Committee. The Committee looks to disburse its annual budget across a number of categories and to charities primarily based in the Edinburgh and Lothians area, where Cairn is headquartered. All requests for funding are considered and evaluated in line with the Committee’s selection criteria.

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 that Cairn does not fund:

  • 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.


Should you wish to apply to Cairn for charitable funding and you meet the above selection criteria, please complete the following application form to the attached document and submit to 

All applications will be considered by the Charities Committee and responded to.  The deadline for applications for 2020 funding is 18 October 2019.