Corporate engagement

Business has great potential for alleviating poverty and Oxfam is proud to be at the forefront of partnerships between the business sector and the NGO community.

We work with select multinational organisations to address key sustainability challenges, influencing the debate on and supporting better business practice globally.  We also benefit from partners who support Oxfam with products and services (support 'in-kind') and from those who support our work with philanthropic grants.

Find out more about our private sector work

Commercial partnerships

Oxfam has strategic partnerships with a number of major multinational organisations, working together on issues such as social impact, sustainability, purchasing and supply, CSR and other interconnected themes.

Unilever

Our partnership with Unilever crosses a number of themes linked to Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan and community engagement programme.  

Projects include working with Unilever to incorporate thousands of smallholder farmers into their global supply chain, our shared community engagement programme helping people living in poverty in the UK, and Unilever's support for our global humanitarian work.

Nokia

Oxfam's partnership with Nokia seeks to enhance the role and impact of digital and mobile technology in helping poor people escape poverty. 

Our ambition over the course of the next three years is to provide the international development community with innovative mobile and digital solutions to some of the most pressing humanitarian challenges we face.

You can raise money for Oxfam with Nokia's fantastic game, Modern Mayor. Put yourself to the test and prove yourself better than Boris by voting for Oxfam in-game. Download Modern Mayor from the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store.

Marks and Spencer

Our partnership with M&S seeks to support and improve the company's 'Plan A' Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, while helping Oxfam fight poverty worldwide.

Through the successful 'shwopping' partnership between Oxfam and M&S, shoppers can donate unwanted clothes to Oxfam at over 360 M&S stores, or donate unwanted M&S clothes to Oxfam shops. This reduces the number of used garments going to landfill and helps M&S shrink its carbon footprint. In addition, shwopping raises vital funds for Oxfam's work in the UK and overseas.

More generally, we support and advise M&S on its sustainability plans and continue to develop new initiatives that support both organisations' aims.

Learn more about Shwopping

Accenture

Our partnership with Accenture includes a long term funding relationship with the Accenture Global Giving Foundation who is supporting a programme across 3 countries which links smallholder farmers into sustainable value chains through new business models. In addition we work closely with Accenture Development Partnerships who have delivered a number of projects for Oxfam.  

The Co-operative Bank

The Co-operative group has been working with Oxfam for many years both as a campaign partner and as a strong supporter of our programme work. During the Make Fair Trade campaign, Oxfam and the Co-operative group published joint reports on cocoa and coffee supply chains. 

During Make Poverty History in 2005 they supported Oxfam's campaign work and even put a white band around its food store near Gleneagles when the G8 met there to discuss poverty issues. 

In 2009 The Co-op Group were a key partner of Oxfam's in raising public awareness about the need for a fair Climate Change Deal at the UN Climate summit in Copenhagen . The Co-op also fund a project in Malawi which supports workers who live in villages surrounding a large tea estate from which the Co-op sources Fairtrade tea. This project is providing clean water for 15 villages, malaria nets for the most vulnerable, pregnant women and children under 5, and helping train farmers on new farming methods to increase the yields of crops from their fields.

Over the last 13 years, the Co-operative Group has also helped Oxfam raise vital funds through the Co-op Oxfam credit card.

KPMG

Oxfam is one of KPMG's Global Development Initiative partners.  KPMG has worked with Oxfam across the globe to deliver projects aimed at improving Oxfam's efficiency and effectiveness.  This includes supporting our finance teams with tax advice, feasibility studies on shared services across the Oxfam affiliates, organisational effectiveness at a programme level and giving Oxfam access to senior KPMG managers to use as a sounding board for a variety of new projects. As well as this support, KPMG also gave a substantial donation to our emergency response to the tsunami which struck Japan in 2011.  

Philanthropic donations

Supporting Oxfam with a donation from your company is an important way to help people affected by poverty around the world.

You can choose to support a specific project or issue that you are passionate about. From transforming schools, protecting communities against disaster to helping families to make a living - whatever the project, this is your chance to make a direct difference. 

We provide regular programme updates and create bespoke communications for your organisation about the support you are giving to Oxfam and how it is making a difference.  

Companies currently supporting Oxfam's work around the globe include the following:

ROMO

For the last seven years Romo has directly supported an Oxfam project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, helping to improve education for children in some of the poorest areas of the country.   

By making an annual company donation to Oxfam, Romo has funded the renovation of several schools, provided basic educational equipment and much needed training workshops for teachers and support staff. Oxfam has accompanied Romo on two programme visits to date enabling them to see the impact of their donation first hand. 

Monsoon Accessorize Trust

Monsoon has been supporting Oxfam since 2008 funding two major programmes: Education in Afghanistan and Indian cotton farmers. In 2010, Monsoon sourced organic cotton from Oxfam's programme and launched their flagship 'Go Organic' range. Oxfam also receive distress and donated sample stock from Monsoon to sell in Oxfam shops.

Ahmad Tea

Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, renowned for the quality of its tea across the globe. They have grown from being the first UK-produced Ahmad Tea in 1986 to exporting to more than 70 countries on 6 continents today. Ahmad Tea runs its business in an ethical way, from the sourcing of the tea to the environmental nature of its offices in the UK. It is their international presence that has enabled Ahmad Tea to give something back, and they partner with Oxfam to provide long term solutions to scare water resources in Niger.

'Gift in kind' donations

Some companies decide that supporting Oxfam with gifts in kind is a more suitable way for their company to help our work. We are happy to accept these donations when they fit with the needs identified by our programme staff in the field.

British Airways

BA made a very special contribution to Oxfam's response to the East Africa Food Crisis when it transported emergency supplies and equipment to Ethiopia, where over half a million people are directly at risk of food shortages. 

A Boeing 747 freighter with capacity for up to 110 tonnes of cargo, left the UK for Addis Ababa on 12 August 2011.  This vital support followed shortly after British Airways supported the relief effort in Haiti in 2010 with a similar significant contribution.

JCB

A great example of how gifts-in-kind have met a need identified by Oxfam during an emergency was JCB's contribution of equipment following the Asian Tsunami in 2004. JCB kindly donated 9 machines in Aceh province. Two further machines were donated to Indonesia. The machines are still in use today and are deployed continuously when and where the need is greatest across Asia. 

Unilever

Unilever have supported our emergency relief operations both across East Africa and during the Pakistan floods by providing essential hygiene supplies from their global logistics facilities, enabling us to reach tens of thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.