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Improving lives

Our business is truly international, touching destinations around the world. And people are fundamental to that. That includes our teams across the world, our passengers who fly with us, our suppliers providing the goods and services we need, and the people in the communities in which we fly to.

We work with people and organisations around the world to try to improve environmental and labour standards, and have a positive impact on the lives we touch.

You can learn more about this in the Improving Lives section of our Sustainability Report and in our Modern Slavery statement in the Resources section.

Our charity partnerships have always been close to our hearts. Through the Virgin Atlantic Foundation – our own charity which was setup in 2003 - we have distributed millions of pounds generated through our Change for Childen onboard appeal, and our own staff fundraising. These funds are primarily to support our long-standing partnership with WE. This much-loved and supported partnership has inspired Virgin Atlantic people, their partners and our customers to raise millions of pounds for projects in the UK and our worldwide destinations. 

Our partnership with WE

Our partnership with WE

We’ve been proud partners of WE since 2010. And this partnership has been more successful than we could ever have hoped for. In fact, it has inspired Virgin Atlantic employees, partners and customers to raise over £5 million for projects at home and overseas.

Through our partnership, we support the WE Schools programme, bringing active citizenship and leadership skills to young people across the UK; WE Day UK and WE Day New York, an amazing event celebrating the young people who take part in WE Schools; and WE Villages, where we fund clean energy projects in poor, rural communities in India, Kenya and China.
 

“I’m so proud of the partnership Virgin Atlantic has with WE. I have visited their international development projects and they are remarkable. Their UK schools-based programme is also a pioneering initiative where they are providing young people with skills to become social and environmental entrepreneurs.”

Richard Branson

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WE schools

WE Schools provides free educational resources and opportunities for teachers and students aged between 7 and 18, and brings perspective - changing speakers and facilitators into their classrooms.

Our WE schools programme

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WE Villages

We want a world where all children have access to an education, and where no child has to work to ensure their family’s survival.

More about WE Villages

The Virgin Atlantic Foundation

The Virgin Atlantic Foundation

In 2003, we set up the Virgin Atlantic Foundation - a UK registered charity. The board is made up of trustees from across the Virgin Atlantic, who work to support the welfare of children and young people through funds raised from Virgin Atlantic's community investment programme.

In 2010, we chose to partner with one main charity partner in order to create the biggest impact and be able to support some of the communities in the countries we fly to. That charity was WE: a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. WE have remained our main charity partner ever since.

We were the first airline to introduce an onboard charity appeal, collecting spare change and foreign currency for charity. We called it Change for Children. Every month, we raise thousands of pounds for the Virgin Atlantic Foundation. This is primarily donated to support our work with WE, however in times of humanitarian crisis, we may divert funds to Save The Children for their Children's Emergency Fund.

Fundraising

Fundraising

We were the first airline to introduce an onboard charity appeal, collecting spare change and foreign currency for charity. We called it Change for Children. Every month, we raise thousands of pounds for the Virgin Atlantic Foundation and our charity partner WE.

We also have thousands of passionate people working at Virgin Atlantic who come up with fun and innovative ways to raise money. From bakes sales, to running marathons and climbing mountains.

You can keep up to date with how much we’ve raised by checking out the Improving Lives section of our annual Sustainability Report

Humanitarian aid

Humanitarian aid

We work with international partner Save The Children by twice-annually diverting funds from our Change for Children appeal to their Children’s Emergency Fund. By supporting this fund, it means we’re able to help ensure Save The Children are ready to send life-saving food, shelter and medicines straight to where they are most urgently needed.

We also work with them and other aid charities to support in carrying cargo and relief workers where we can.