The FIA Foundation is an independent UK registered charity which supports an international programme of activities promoting road safety, the environment and sustainable mobility, as well as funding motor sport safety research.
The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity in the UK (No. 1088670). The Foundation is independent and under the control of its Trustees who are required to act within the powers conferred upon them in our Articles of Association and in the best interests of the charity. We remain bound by the laws of the UK, including the Charities Act 1993 (as amended by the Charities Act 2006) and Bribery Act 2010. We take a zero tolerance approach to bribery and fraud and this is set out in our Anti-bribery and Corruption Policy and Anti-Fraud Policy and Fraud Response Plan adopted by the Board of Trustees in November 2011 and March 2013 respectively.
The Foundation was established in 2001 with a donation of $300 million made by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the non-profit federation of motoring organisations and the governing body of world motor sport. To clarify the relationship between the Foundation and the FIA the Board of Trustees adopted a statement on this subject in November 2010.
Having completed ten years work in 2011 the Foundation has completed a strategy review. The Board of Trustees examined the global trends that are relevant to the Foundation’s work over the next decade, the effectiveness of its grant making activities, and the governance of the charity including its relationship with the FIA. Arising from the strategy review, and also to comply with the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010, the Foundation has updated its governance system and adopted some significant changes to its grant making process. A summary of the strategy review which contains an overview of the Foundation’s priorities over the next ten years is available.
The Foundation has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, participates in various UN road safety and environment related working parties and is a member of the UN Global Road Safety Collaboration. It also provides the secretariat for the Make Road Safe campaign, the independent Commission for Global Road Safety, and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. The Foundation is also a member of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles.
Our objects are to promote public safety and public health, the protection and preservation of human life and the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment through:
- promoting research, disseminating the results of research and providing information in any matters of public interest which include road safety, automobile technology, the protection and preservation of human life and public health, transport and public mobility and the protection of the environment; and
- promoting improvement in the safety of motor sport, and of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is made up of not less than nine and not more than fifteen individuals including, the President of the FIA ex officio, and three nominees of the FIA and two Trustees independent from any member of the charity. The Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the Foundation, have a duty to act collectively, and must act in the best interests of the charity. The Trustees appointed by the FIA have exactly the same duties and responsibilities as the other Trustees. All Trustees must sign a Trustee Declaration and complete a Register of Interests. In addition to the requirements of the Foundation’s Articles of Association the Foundation has adopted a Conflicts of Interest Policy and a Code of Conduct for Trustees.
The members of the Board of Trustees are:
United States of America
United States of America (FIA Nominee)
New Zealand (FIA Nominee)
United Kingdom (FIA Nominee)
France (Ex Offico, FIA President)
Tim Keown, Chairman
Martin Angle, Treasurer
Earl Jarrett, Secretary
David Ward, Director General
For more information about the governance of the FIA Foundation, please write to:
FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society
60 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS, United Kingdom
+44 (0)207 930 3882 (t)
+44 (0)207 930 3883 (f)
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