Ethical Funding Statement

Learning for a Sustainable Future is a registered Canadian charity, so our work is entirely reliant on donations. We generally receive under 1% of our funding from individual donations and less than 12% from government sources. The vast majority (69%) comes from corporations and foundations. To protect the interests of our organization, our program participants, and our world, LSF has an Ethical Funding Policy to guide our donation decisions. 

One of the most important tenets of this policy is that our funders do not control what we do—we have the final say on the nature and content of our programs.

When it comes to sustainability, we wish to avoid supporting or working with any organization that is working against our overall aims. We use published sustainability assessment research (such as Corporate Knights Global 100, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, Social Index Fund, etc.) to guide our decision making. 

Our Ethical Funding Policy states that LSF will not accept funding from the alcohol, tobacco, and weapons/arms industries.

Current LSF partners include resource extraction industries (e.g. oil, gas, forestry, mining). Currently our world remains dependent on these industries for transportation, agriculture, heat, power, and many consumer products. Even as our reliance on fossil fuels decreases, our dependence on mining industries will only grow as they supply the elements for solar panels, wind turbines and rechargeable batteries. Many oil and gas companies, recognizing the economic shift away from fossil fuels, are among those investing most heavily in research and development of renewable technologies. LSF is committed to engaging with these partners in a manner that supports the overall pursuit of a sustainable future.

LSF’s mission is to help students learn to address the increasingly difficult economic, social, and environmental challenges of the 21st century. To do so, LSF actively engages with companies and governments of all political views to help foster and influence positive education policies and practices in support of the SDGs. We are all in this together and we see this as an integral part of modeling the complexities of creating a more sustainable future.

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