FT in the community

Our commitment

The Financial Times (FT) is committed to being part of and contributing to the communities where it operates.

We support global projects, local initiatives and causes that matter to our employees and readers. In line with Pearson guidelines, we aim to invest in schemes that:

  • support journalism, the environment and local communities
  • advance literacy and education

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Our actions

Local community initiatives

The FT supports a number of community initiatives in London, Hong Kong and New York. If you’re interested in becoming an FT community partner, email communications@ft.com.

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The FT also promotes volunteering throughout the community and our employees take part in various volunteering schemes including mentoring students and providing reading support.

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Our charity partners and volunteering opportunities:

Code Club, London

FT Code Club was set up by the FT’s Technology team and pairs FT employees with two local schools to encourage students to learn the basics of programming and have fun at the same time. Read the blog post to learn more.

FT and Deutsche Bank Reading Group

The FT Reading Group sees FT and DB employees spend time in local schools to conduct hour-long reading groups with students aged 16-18, using FT content to improve students’ current affairs knowledge and career prospects.

Apps for Good
The FT supports Apps for Good, an acclaimed education movement where young people in schools learn to create apps that can change their world. Apps for Good has nearly 100 schools delivering courses to more than 5,000 students aged 11 to 18.

School Governor’s scheme

The FT supports employees who are School Governors with training and development. We also offer training to employees who would like to become school governors.

Social Mobility Foundation work experience at the FT

We partner with the Social Mobility Foundation to host work experience students from disadvantaged backgrounds at the FT for a week at a time. The programme includes specific tasks and the opportunity to work with our award-winning journalists.

Mentoring at Harris Academy Bermondsey, London

The HBA mentor scheme pairs executives from the FT with students to help them thrive in subjects for their GCSEs. FT employees help and encourage students to develop their self confidence and self esteem and improve their career prospects.

Booktime reading support, London

Employees provide reading support at local Southwark schools through Booktime, Pearson’s flagship community programme. Booktime promotes the pleasure of books and learning, and involves parents and carers in reading aloud with children.

Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

The FT supports the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, funding their Investigative Reporting Fellowship (IRP) programme, which gives students the chance to works as a full time journalist for a year. The IRP is both a specialised graduate-level training program and a non-profit news gathering operation, generating stories for major broadcast, print and online outlets.

University of the Arts London
The Financial Times supports the University of the Arts London (UAL) by offering a bursary scheme to one student a year, accepted on the MA Journalism at the London College of Communication (LCC). Located within London, UAL’s six colleges make up Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university which delivers a diverse range of courses at all levels from foundation and undergraduate to postgraduate and research.

The Media Society

The Media Society brings together people from all areas of the media industry. Their objective is to inspire, provoke, surprise and educate. The FT supports The Media Society’s events, which provide the chance to network and learn from industry leaders.

International Rescue Committee

As well as being our 2014/15 seasonal appeal partner, IRC are the FT’s New York office charity partner. Employees support the charity with donations for the homeless at harvest time.

Better Bankside
Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District ( BID) surrounding the FT’s London office. Through Better Bankside, FT employees have the opportunity to volunteer to help with the range of services it provides, from mentoring to clearing parks or providing professional skills.

Matched funding

When our employees raise money for charity (e.g. by taking part in a fun run) they can ask the FT to match the money they have raised up to a certain value. Money can only be given to registered charities. In 2013, we matched over £25,000 of employee fundraising.

Employee awards

To acknowledge employees’ efforts, Pearson runs a yearly Community Awards. All employees who take part in community work are invited to apply. They have the opportunity to win £5,000 (or the local equivalent) for the charity they work with.