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Corporate Philanthropy


We partner with major retailers to manage the funds generated by the plastic bag levy and help them establish new or build on existing community programmes.

How should the plastic bag levy be used?

Throughout the UK plastic bag levies are in place. Large retailers are required by law to charge 5p for all single use plastic bags and they're expected to give the proceeds of the scheme to good causes. 

For our latest UK Giving survey we asked the public for their views on the levy, and delved into what type of good causes they think should benefit from it.

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Clear signs that the bag levy is having a positive impact

We have seen the positive impact of the levy in terms of fewer bags used as well as charities of all sizes benefiting from the funds.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) latest findings show that plastic bag usage has plummeted by six billion since the levy was introduced. This indicates a clear shift in consumer behaviour as people are choosing to reuse plastic bags or opting for the ‘bags- for-life.’ 


We provide practical and strategic support to retailers wanting to develop bag levy funding programmes. 

Practical expert advice

We provide retailers with practical advice to support the development of sustainable funding programmes.

Connecting with charities, mitigating risks

We help retailers connect with charities, managing high volume vetting and securing fund disbursements.

Evaluating and reporting

We can evaluate and report on your programmes’ impact enabling you to develop your progamme.


Retailers have harnessed the levy in different ways but the key trend shows them using plastic bag levy funds to enable them to strengthen their community investment commitments and introduce new local programmes.  


Sainsbury's bag for life

Sainsbury’s replaced single use plastic bags with stronger, re-useable bags which are made from 100% recyclable material and are donating the profit from these to local charities.


Aldi and the RSPB

We have helped Aldi use the funds raised from the bag levy to support their national charity partner, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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Marks and Spencer's dual approach

Marks and Spencer have opted to use the bag levy funds to support both local and national charity partners.

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Corporate responsibility advisory services


Our team help responsible business become an invaluable source for social good.

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The local legacy of the plastic bag levy

We explore why it is essential for retailers to adjust and further develop to maximise the impact of their community programmes.

The power of people in purpose

Janek, CAF Senior Corporate Advisor, explains how essential people are in developing an authentic, compelling sense of brand purpose.

30 years of Payroll Giving

Since we launched the UK's first Payroll Giving scheme in 1987, we have continued to grow Payroll Giving through CAF Give As You Earn.