National press covers call to action from charity coalition

This week’s call by Bates Wells and a coalition of charities for legal clarity on whether charities should ensure their investments support their goals and their duty to provide public benefit, has been covered by the national press.


Bates Wells, along with a coalition of leading charities, want the Charity Commission and Attorney General to support a ruling from the Charity Tribunal on whether and how charities should align their investments with their objects. This coalition includes NCVO, RSPB, ClientEarth, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Nesta, Ashden Trust and Access.

Supported by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams of Oystermouth, as well as Professor Nicholas Stern, the coalition also calls for specific legal guidance on whether charities should invest in companies that contribute to dangerous climate change.

The call to action was covered by a range of national, charity and social enterprise publications, including:

If you would like to find out more, or would like support join the coalition, click here for further details.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of March 7, 2019.