WWF-UK plans redundancies despite recent growth

20 Jul 2023 News


Environmental charity WWF-UK has revealed that 28 members of its staff are at risk of redundancy due to financial constraints amidst the cost-of-living crisis.

Its consultation proposes that 18 positions at the organisation are removed with 28 people at risk of redundancy because of shared roles. 

This is despite WWF-UK’s income increasing in recent years and its plan for further growth.

WWF-UK’s income rose by 8% to £91m in the year to June 2022 and the charity said in its most recently filed accounts that it aimed to grow by at least a further £6m in 2022-23.

The charity has around 500 staff overall, while its expenditure in 2021-22 was more than £92m.

‘Cost saving measure’ 

A spokesperson for the charity said: “WWF-UK has proposed a reduction in roles as a cost-saving measure. Like many other organisations, the cost-of-living crisis and inflation is affecting our fundraising and our financial position.
“We need to look after our people, but we also have a responsibility to ensure that we’re spending our supporters’ money carefully and that we’re set up to continue to deliver on our critical work in the future.
“We’re committed to supporting our colleagues throughout this process and will make decisions based with our values in mind and in line with our change management policy.” 
The consultation process began on 18 July with new structures anticipated to be in place in September of this year. 

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