Founded in 1961, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making organisations, with an endowment of £1.172 billion, a typical active portfolio of over 900 grants and a £45 million social investment fund. It has three main aims: improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and nurture creative, confident communities.

Dame Caroline Mason, chief executive officer, spoke about transitioning the endowment’s investment portfolio towards impact investing.