Swire Trust

Swire Charitable Trust (UK)

The Swire Charitable Trust is funded by John Swire & Sons Limited, the London-headquartered parent company of the Swire group. In early 2017, the Trust launched three core funding programmes, including welfare, opportunity and heritage. There are key aims underpinning each programme and overarching priorities help to guide the grant-making process.

Running alongside the core programmes is a discretionary fund. This makes donations to charities across all sectors and regions that have been championed by Swire’s stakeholders.

The Swire Charitable Trust is governed by a board of seven trustees who meet regularly to consider eligible funding requests and award grants. Each of the grant-making trusts and foundations operates autonomously with its own objectives and oversight. (More information about the Swire Charitable Trust can be found at https://www.swirecharitabletrust.org.uk/)

Swire Charitable Trust (HK)

The Swire Group Charitable Trust (Swire Trust) was established in 1983, a Hong Kong charity registered under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance and is overseen by a Philanthropy Council. The Trust receives all its income from companies in the Swire group and provides funds for charitable purposes to non-profit organisations, mainly in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Guided by the Swire group (and Swire family) motto – Esse Quam Videri – Swire Trust is motivated by altruism and aims to act for the direct benefit of society and greater good.



A flourishing world of diversity, equal opportunity and sustainable growth

Value in Diversity: as a 200-year-old company, Swire’s diverse businesses are part of the long-term development of the communities and societies in which it operates. As such, the Trust envisions a flourishing world of diversity where all members of society have opportunities for a meaningful life, and where growth and resources are sustained for future generations.



We aim to create positive change in Education, Marine and Arts through supporting registered non-profit organisations primarily in Hong Kong and Mainland China.


To enhance education equity, quality and innovation for disadvantaged children and youth in Hong Kong and Mainland China.


To help create sustainable marine ecosystems in Hong Kong and Mainland China through policy change, public engagement and scientific research.


To promote an inclusive Arts sector, and to use Arts to address social issues in Hong Kong.


More information on the community work of Swire Trust can be found in the annual sustainability report here.