Our policies and commitments
We are committed to the highest standards of openness, probity and accountability. An important aspect of accountability and transparency is a mechanism to enable staff and other people associated with the Trust to voice concerns in a responsible and effective manner. Where an individual discovers information which they believe shows serious malpractice or wrongdoing within the organisation then this information should be disclosed internally without fear of reprisal, and there should be arrangements to enable this to be done independently of line management (although in relatively minor instances the line manager would be the appropriate person to be told).
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy
In affirming the value of inclusion we are building a culture that actively invites the contribution and participation of a variety of young people. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the face of power differences. There is always more we can and should be doing. Our DEI policy sets out our aspirations to centre who we are here to serve at all levels of our organisation.
We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of children and young people and keep them safe. Our Safeguarding Policy applies to anyone working or volunteering on behalf of the Trust coming into contact with children and young people.
Blagrave holds investments in both property and financial markets. We believe we should use all of our resources, including our investments, in pursuit of our mission. As a result, in recent years we have moved approximately two-thirds of our investments to be held with Cazenove Capital and Rathbone Greenbank Investments. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a key lens through which both funds are assessed, and investment decisions categorised to ensure they are Avoiding harm, Benefiting society and Contributing to solutions.
As part of our commitment to ethical investing, in 2020 we launched the ‘ESG olympics’ with Friends Provident Foundation and the Joffe Charitable Trust, to identify the exemplar investors in this space. Following an open tender process Cazenove was selected and have launched the Casenove Sustainable Growth Fund. You can read more about the process here and the resulting report about the state of the sector of ESG here.
Our investment policy sets out our aspirations to ensure we apply our values across all our work.
Recruitment and Pay Policy
Recruitment and Pay Policy
We have a Recruitment and Pay policy outlining our pay bands and our recruitment process along with all other HR policies included in our Staff Handbook.
Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy
The Blagrave Trust has a zero-tolerance stance towards fraud, bribery and corruption. The Trust requires all those receiving funding or representing the Trust, including its suppliers, grant recipients, partners, contractors, advisers, volunteers and agents, to act in accordance with our Fraud policy.
Privacy and Data Protection Policy
Your privacy is important, and we will not do anything to violate your trust. We collect information about visits to this site anonymously so that it cannot be associated with a particular user.
Blagrave signed the funder commitment to climate change in November 2019. We review and publish our progress annually against our commitment. We are also one of 24 leading asset owners, calling on the asset management industry to adopt minimum standards in support of the Paris Agreement objective to keep global warming well below 2°C and preferably 1.5°C – the level considered ‘safe’ by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Commitment to Partners
Commitments To Partners
Our commitments statement sets out our commitment to our partners. It is a key mechanism for accountability in our work, and we welcome your comments and feedback.
Living Wage Funder Commitment
We are a Living Wage Funder – that means that we are committed to both paying the Living Wage ourselves and supporting and enabling our charity partners to do the same.
Principles for Working with and Paying Young People
We’re currently reviewing how we work with and pay young people to ensure our policies remain up to date and we continue to centre young people in all that we do. Watch this space…
Youth Engagement and Leadership Commitment
Youth engagement and leaderships runs through all our work and it’s important to define what we mean; what our aspirations are and how this impacts our grant making decisions. This commitment sets what we mean by youth engagement and leadership and specifies what we are willing to fund.