Our Partners

The Society’s diverse range of activities allows an equally diverse selection of partners and sponsors to be meaningfully engaged in our work. The RCS is proud to work in partnership with the organisations below, drawing on individual strengths and successes that each brings to our programmes and activities. In this way we form effective links between the governmental, business, civil society and educational communities of the Commonwealth.

If you are interested in discussing how we can work together, we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact our Director, for ways in which you can support the charitable work of the Society, whilst gaining exposure as a partner to our International brand.

Association of Commonwealth Universities

The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education.International collaboration is central to this ambition: by bringing universities together from around the world – and crucially the people who study and work within them – the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives.

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press (CUP), established in 1534, is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. CUP furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Sponsoring the essay competition since 2013, CUP is committed to supporting the RCS' educational programme until 2017.

City of London Corporation

A uniquely diverse organisation, the Corporation plays a key role in sustaining London’s lead in international business and finance. Working in partnership with local communities to increase skills, employment and opportunities, it aims to enhance the capital as a hub of culture, history and green spaces for all Londoners – residents, workers, and visitors. The Corporation has sponsored the High Commissioners’ Banquet in 2016 and 2017.

Comic Relief

A founder partner in The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme (QYLP) with The Royal Commonwealth Society and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief is one of the UK's major charities working with a vision of a just world, to alleviate poverty. Launched in 2014, QYLP is now entering its third year.

Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA)

The CFA promotes the wise management of trees and forests, publishing world class science, facilitating networking and data-sharing between member organisations and conducting projects. CFA is partner with the RCS and Cool Earth in 'The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy', launched at CHOGM 2015.

Commonwealth Games Federation

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games and for delivering the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities globally by inspiring Commonwealth athletes to drive the impact and ambition of all Commonwealth citizens through sport. The CGF is based alongside the RCS at the Commonwealth Hub.

Cool Earth

A UK based charity, Cool Earth aims to place forests in the hands of the people who rely on its survival for their survival. Working around the globe, and with the RCS within the Commonwealth, they work alongside indigenous peoples to halt rainforest destruction. Cool Earth is a partner with the RCS and the CFA in 'The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy', launched at CHOGM 2015.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government

The Australian Government has supported our work to create a sustainable network for young people to engage on the subject of gender equality in the Commonwealth. The government supported and sent representatives to the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) in May 2015.

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada

The Canadian Government has supported our work to increase awareness of and respect for human rights in the Commonwealth. It publicly committed to supporting the work of the RCS on combating child, early and forced marriage in the Commonwealth at the Global Girl Summit in 2014.

Henley Media

Henley Media Group is a diversified media business with an extensive portfolio of international publications, websites and events. Each year since 2012 Henley have partnered with the RCS in the production of a major publication, starting with 'Queen and Commonwealth' in Her Majesty's Jubilee year and going on to produce both the annual 'Ministers Reference Book' and the 'CHOGM Reference Book' in 2015.

International Alert

One of the world's leading peace-building organisations, International alert has been a partner in the RCS' Commonwealth Diaspora Dialogues programme since 2011. Designed to facilitate dialogue on the theme of youth reconciliation and development, the programme has given rise to two new organisations Achieving Real Change (ARC) and Voices for Reconciliation (VfR).

Kaleidoscope Trust

The Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally by listening to, amplifying and communicating their voices to a wider audience, and by standing with them in persuading public and political opinion of the need for an end to all discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The RCS has collaborated with them throughout its policy work on LGBT rights.

Plan UK

Plan is a global children’s charity working with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. the RCS has partnered with Plan UK over the years on its child marriage campaign, culminating in the report: 'Preventing Child Marriage in the Commonwealth: the Role of Education', published in 2015.

The Britain-Australia Society

A member society bringing together British and Australian individuals, advancing the relationship between both countries through mutual interests in commerce, public service, education, entertainment, culture and sport. The Society has a number of branches in the UK.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust

The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust celebrates The Queen’s belief in young people as a force for good. Focusing on sport, education, health and environment, The Trust's ambition is to enable young people to build a better future for all.

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

With a mission to empower a new generation of young leaders and to enrich the lives of people from all backgrounds within the Commonwealth by working with partners, the Trust joins with The Royal Commonwealth Society and Comic Relief as partners in the Queen's Young Leaders programme.

The Queen's Trust

The Queen’s Trust exists to enable and to encourage young people to help others in direct and practical ways and has a focus on the participation of disadvantaged young people in communities across the UK. The Trust has supported the re-development of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and the Commonwealth Service in 2016 and 2017.

The Royal Overseas League

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a non-profit Commonwealth private members organisation, committed to supporting international understanding and friendship through social, music, arts and welfare activities. The RCS regularly partners with ROSL, particularly when staging events.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is a full service global law firm with 47 offices in 20 countries, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet. Committed to finding and developing exceptional talent, the firm is proud to be involved with the RCS Associate Fellows and The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme (QYLP), in offering work experience opportunities to these inspiring and deserving young community leaders.

Westminster Abbey

The RCS works closely with Westminster Abbey every year in the planning and production of the Commonwealth Service - the largest multi-faith celebration of the Commonwealth and its values. The celebration takes place in Westminster Abbey and is traditionally attended by HM The Queen, High Commissioners, UK and Commonwealth Ministers and 800 schoolchildren.


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