BA Better World Community Fund
In April 2022, we launched our BA Better World Community Fund. As part of our wider sustainability programme, it supports organisations and projects that deliver life-changing opportunities and create a positive impact in local communities across the UK.
Working in partnership with Crowdfunder, we combined generous donations from our customers and the wider public with our own contributions, raising more than £2million since the fund’s launch. The Community Fund has enabled us to offer vital financial support to over 110 organisations or projects from across the UK, all of which align with our key themes – People, Planet and Responsible Business. Examples include promoting biodiversity, tackling climate change and engaging with local communities.
Funding from BA
Avios donated since scheme launched
Donated with Avios
Projects supported by Members donating Avios
In November 2022, we launched another way for British Airways Executive Club Members to donate to charities through our Community Fund, by offering the option to donate Avios.
IAG Loyalty, the loyalty centre of excellence for IAG, pledged to match the value of Avios donations up to a total of £200,000* to further support UK charities, making Members’ Avios donations go twice as far.
Match funding terms and conditions can be found here.
Colleague Voucher Scheme
We gifted 27,360 UK-based colleagues a £20 voucher to donate to any of the organisations supported by the Community Fund in December.
- £106,140 was donated
- 129 charities benefited
Colleagues donated their voucher (19.39%)
In partnership with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), we supported two emergency appeals for Communities in Crisis.
During March and April 2022, we redirected 100% of our onboard donations to the Ukraine crisis appeal, totalling £360,000 and during September and October 2022, £176,000 was raised onboard for the Pakistan Flood Appeal.
Alongside IAG Cargo, we also transported 34 tonnes of emergency aid to Islamabad, Pakistan, all of which was donated by key charity partners including Football for Peace, Khalsa Aid, UNICEF and Canadian Red Cross. In addition, we sent eight tonnes of vital aid on a flight operated by a team of cabin crew who all had personal connections to Pakistan.
Through our long-standing partnership with Comic Relief, we supported its winter campaign by donating £100,000 to help vulnerable families and communities across the UK. Comic Relief work with projects such as Humanity Concern, who provide warm spaces and emergency food to those in need.
Total raised to date
Red Nose Day 2022
2,932 colleagues donated to 581 charities, raising £1,149,868 in 2022
164 colleagues applied for Match Funding, supporting 54 charities. £41,000 of matched funds was donated, in conjunction with £75,000 raised by colleagues
Champion programme and volunteering opportunities
Over 80 colleagues have visited and volunteered at projects we support
Flying Start Champions
We have over 5,300 Flying Start champions across British Airways. They are involved in a number a volunteering and fundraising initiatives. For example, one group volunteered at Fareshare, a food redistribution charity.