Fran Perrin OBE
William Perrin OBE
We value diversity and know that, as a grant maker, we need to include a range of experiences and perspectives to be effective. We also expect everyone who works for us to treat all people, regardless of their background, with dignity and respect.
For external scrutiny and accountability, the Trust has become a partner in the Foundation Practice Rating initiative, which rates a sample of Grant Makers on their transparency, diversity and accountability on an annual basis. Results of the rating revealed that Indigo Trust could be more robust in addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). In response, the Trust has started to collect DEI data and is developing a strategy with measurable targets and regular reviews on progress.
Current key actions on improving the DEI of our organisation and how we measure our progress:
Indigo is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT) - SFCT became an accredited Living Wage Employer and a Disability Confident Employer (level 1) including all externally contracted workers.
Indigo Trust started collecting data on its staff and trustees to inform its approach to DEI. More details below:
*Indigo Trust has a core team of two people. Three other members of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts’ central team provide support services for the Trust. All members of the team work on a part-time basis.
We will track our grant-giving against DEI criteria and publish this information to 360 Giving.
We will monitor the gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity and socio-economic background of our staff team and trustees.
Staff who work for The Indigo Trust will be part of a wider gender and ethnicity pay gap analysis across the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT).
We will be transparent in our internal and external communications by making our online and printed materials accessible in format and compliant to the international standards (WCAG 2.1 AA).
We will publish updates on progress on the above on this website.
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The Indigo Trust is a UK based grant-making trust registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, charity number 1075920. It is one of 16 independent grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family, known jointly as the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT).
The Indigo Trust was established by Fran Perrin OBE and made its first grant in 2001.
The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who meet formally twice a year with occasional ad hoc meetings as required. All Indigo trustees are decision makers on all grants and the Trust does not operate any sub-committees. Meet our Trustees.
We are in the process of updating our Investment Policy and will provide more information in 2024. Currently, Indigo Trust has no segregated investments in oil and gas and exposure to these areas in co-mingled funds will never exceed 5% of the Trust’s total investments, although we aim for less than 1% exposure. Indigo Trustees will continue to assess opportunities to further divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.
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