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Our finances

As a registered charity (non profit organisation) we are dependent on many sources of funding to enable us to continue our vital work. We are very grateful to the many organisations and individuals that make this possible.

Where our money comes from

From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, our total income was £15 million. Our income breaks down as follows:

Graphic showing MSC income 2015-16: 23% charitable grants, 1 % activities for generating funds, 75% charitable activities (logo licensing), 1% investment

Where the money goes

From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, our total expenditure was £14 million. Our outgoings break down as follows:

Graphic showing MSC expenditure 2015-16: 27% Policy and maintenance of standards, 28% education and awareness, 31 % commercial and fisheries outreach, 9% logo licensing, 2% governance costs, 3% fundraising 

To help us encourage a sustainable seafood industry, support fisheries that are well managed and deliver improvements in marine conservation worldwide please support the MSC.

Reserves policy

The MSC is a registered charity and its Board recognises it as generally good practice to hold reserves as a protection against any financial difficulties in the future. While income generated from logo licensing is diversified across many certified fisheries, MSC certification can be lost or withdrawn at any time thus impacting income and potentially leading to a call upon reserves. A reserves target of 9 months’ cover is considered to be necessary, at least as an aspiration, given the MSC’s lack of membership and uncertainty of its various income streams. The MSC ended the last financial year with unrestricted net current asset reserves worth approximately 10 months of the 2013/14 committed expenditure budget.

Non-profit status

The MSC is an international, independent, non-profit organisation:

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