- Soil Association
- What We Do
What We Do
The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity working across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare.
We do this because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.
Alongside our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff, we make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.
We campaign for change
Our small policy team punches well above their weight. We lobby government and contest harmful food and farming laws.
And we research ways to move away from our current farming systems, allowing us to run our campaigns with clout.
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We support farming innovation
These programmes provide a platform for farmers and growers to develop and share knowledge and skills - to secure the future of healthy, sustainable food.
Read more about the ways that we're transforming the way we farm.
We serve healthy food
Our Food for Life programme makes good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are. As well as improving the quality of life for thousands of school children, we are helping other communities through good food in UK hospitals and cities.
Food for Life's Get Togethers programme uses good food to bring people of different ages together through growing, cooking and eating.
We support and grow the organic market
Through Soil Association Certification, we provide our organic businesses with technical advice and marketing support.
Year on year, our Organic Market Report shows healthy growth in the organic sector.
Through our organic standards and our licensees, we effect real change on the ground – the farming they do and the food that they produce is rooted in the organic principles of:
- fairness and
Through our international work with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) both in the EU and internationally, we support a thriving organic movement in all corners of the world.
We develop world-leading standards
The Soil Association was one of the founders of the global organic movement and developed some of the world’s first organic standards.
Today, we continue to develop high standards for food, farming, health and beauty and textiles and work across Europe to influence legislation. Read more about our innovative standards.
We protect forests
Soil Association Certification Forestry supports over 2,000 forestry, wood and paper clients.
Through these clients, we’re protecting over 17 million hectares of forest all over the world – as well as the people, plants and animals that live in them.