Telegraph Media Group (TMG) is committed to social responsibility and has a long and established history of supporting charitable initiatives and helping communities in need.
As an organisation, TMG aims to support the communities of our staff.
The Telegraph Volunteering Scheme gives all TMG employees the chance to participate in two paid volunteering days a year. Recent examples of volunteering projects include providing support for environment and conservation projects, assisting isolation and loneliness charities and helping food banks.
The Telegraph has a long and established history of supporting charitable initiatives and helping communities in need.
Early examples of charitable fundraising by the Telegraph include raising money in 1915 for a monument for nurse Edith Cavell, which can be found outside St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, just off Trafalgar Square, as well as the setting up of the Edith Cavell Trust to help nurses impacted by their war work.
Plus, in 1916 during the First World War, readers’ donations helped supply three million rations of plum-pudding for British soldiers on Christmas Day.
In 2020 the Telegraph raised over £2 million for charity thanks to readers supporting both the Christmas Appeal and the special Coronavirus Charity Appeal. The Coronavirus Appeal raised money for Turn2us, a charity which offers practical and financial support to people facing financial shocks caused by life-changing events.
The Telegraph’s annual Christmas Charity Appeal has raised nearly £30 million for charities since its launch in 1986. A total of £726,000 was raised by generous readers for The Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal 2022, which supported: Action for Children, Age UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Royal British Legion Industries.
In 2022 Philanthropists, Julia and Hans Rausing, made an additional £200,000 donation to Age UK after reading in The Telegraph about Age UK’s national advice line supporting older people who are finding the current cost of living crisis challenging.
Since 2017 The Telegraph has partnered with the charity Smart Works for an annual boutique fashion sale. All the money spent goes directly to Smart Works, which helps vulnerable British women get back into the workplace, via career coaching and personal styling sessions. The Telegraph’s partnership with Smart Works has to date raised more than £600,000.
In 2021 The Telegraph launched a Media Literacy Programme for 16-18 year olds which focuses on the importance of quality, edited news in society.
Run by Telegraph journalists, the month-long scheme aims to break down the barriers to careers in journalism and provide young people with the tools and skills to think critically about the media landscape.
Following its successful pilot, the scheme has returned yearly. In 2023, the Programme worked with over 300 young people from across the UK.
Participants also have the opportunity to learn about The Telegraph future talent schemes which include work experience, internships, apprenticeships and graduate programmes. Everyone who completes the programme is awarded a certificate and invited to join the Media Literacy Programme Alumni Talent Pool where entry-level opportunities are shared.
In 2023, the programme was once again supported by The Careers Office, a charity aimed at helping young people from diverse backgrounds make decisions about their future.
“Before this session, I honestly didn’t know such effort was put into a simple headline, it brought to my attention how integral headlines are. The beauty session also showed me a different side to journalism – when I think of journalism I always think of serious topics regarding politics etc; the beauty director showed me that journalism is extremely diverse.”
“Truly inspired me, the wonderful people who lectured us spoke about their experiences in such a great way that it simply made me want to experience them myself.”
The Telegraph leads on a range of impactful campaigns which seek to bring about positive and legislative change. Some recent examples include:
End Inheritance Tax Backed by 50 Conservative MPs, in May 2023 The Telegraph began campaigning to end inheritance tax. The campaign was launched following the paper receiving a growing number of correspondence from readers facing probate investigations during one of the most difficult times in their lives.
Clean Rivers Campaign The Telegraph has called for a national plan to clean up Britain's rivers, following a rise in the disposal of human and agricultural waste into waterways. Launched in February 2022, the campaign wants to reverse the damage to waterways, before they become highly polluted, for the benefit of future generations.
In March 2022, Telegraph Women's Sport launched the Close the Gap campaign aimed at tackling the “shocking disparity” in prize money between men’s and women’s sport, after research revealed the profound impact on aspiring sportswomen. Backed by sports stars, campaigners, and politicians from across the political divide, the long-term campaign will lobby sport’s biggest governing bodies to deliver "equal play, fair pay" for all participants.
Campaign for Children launched in June 2021 calling for the government to prioritise children and end the disruption and isolation children have experienced from repeated lockdowns. The campaign has received support from more than 100 charity and education leaders including the National Children’s Bureau, the NSPCC and the Association of Educational Psychologists.
Women Mean Business campaign launched in March 2018 with the signing of an open letter from 200 female founders and inspirational leaders which called on the Government to take action to close the funding gap that prevents women from starting their own business. The campaign sparked a Government-backed review and three years on from launching a new fund for female entrepreneurs has signalled the next chapter of the campaign.
Duty of Care After a five-year campaign by the Telegraph, new laws to protect young people online have been given final approval by the House of Lords.
In June 2018, The Telegraph launched its campaign for social media firms to be subject to a statutory “duty of care” to protect children from online harms. The Telegraph’s investigation uncovered growing evidence of an association between the increasing amount of time children spent online on social media and their rising levels of mental ill health, anxiety and depression.
Duty of Care was backed by bodies such as the Royal Colleges of Paediatrics and of Psychiatry, along with US tech engineers who had themselves invented the algorithms and addictive features like the infinite scroll. The campaign’s recent success saw the government announce that social media firms that fail to protect children face being barred.
Welcoming the introduction of the new laws Sir Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said: “I pay tribute to The Daily Telegraph’s Duty of Care Campaign. With determination and patience, it has been instrumental in constantly reminding Government why this legislation is crucial for future generations to thrive.”