The Dr. Martens FoundatioN

We exist to support causes that advance social justice. 

At Dr. Martens we have always encouraged our people to stand up for what they believe in and the Foundation is our commitment to doing even more for people and communities across the world who face social injustice. 

What the Foundation stands for:

We will put our best foot forward and lead the way for what is fair. We will support social justice causes, which empower rebellious self-expression and drive forward positive change for society.

  • Human Rights - Protecting and respecting everyone’s human rights.
  • Participation - Social justice is not possible if only some voices are heard and the marginalised are silent.
  • Equity - Tackling the structural inequality and embedded bias that exists across society.
  • Access - Ability to access essentials like shelter or opportunities in education, music or creative industries.

The Dr. Martens Foundation is an independent UK registered charity. 

Dr. Martens Foundation is a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered in England and Wales with company number 13174032 and charity number 1194513.  Its registered office is at 28 Jamestown Road, Camden, London, United Kingdom, NW1 7BY. The Foundation isn't accepting unsolicited applications as grant making is currently by invitation only.

Supporting communities around the world is part of who we are at Dr. Martens.

At Dr. Martens we support regional charity partners through funding and volunteering. These are our 2020 highlights.

Give Something Back

In May 2020 we launched our internal ‘Give Something Back’ initiative. Our communities across the globe were being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, so we invited our employees to nominate the causes to receive a donation to help them through the challenging circumstances. We donated to causes big and small from around the world, all nominated by our people. These ranged from food banks, homeless shelters and healthcare charities to an emergency fund for musicians.

Supporting the fight against racism

Racism and discrimination go against everything we stand for. In 2020, we donated £100,000 to anti-racism charities and not-for-profit organisations as chosen by our employees, including Show Racism the Red Card and NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and we have continued to support causes committed to racial equality in 2021. Check out the DE&I section of our Sustainability Report for more information.


For Pride 2020 we donated to the Trevor Project and the Albert Kennedy Trust. We are proud to have supported these causes since 2015 and have plans to extend our partnerships and activations in alliance with the LGBTQ+ community.


Over the past year, our employees hosted internal fundraisers and challenges, which raised thousands for charity. In May 2020 we hosted virtual fundraisers for our Give Something Back initiative through internal Tiktok and fancy dress challenges. In December, our EMEA team held an internal auction and our Americas regional team raised funds during the festive season for mental health charities, anti-racism organisations and food banks.

Our Charity Partners

We value diversity and authenticity, so we support an array of local causes around the world, and we encourage our people to do the same too, through volunteering and matched giving. 

In the UK, we donate our carrier bag charge to Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which is leading a movement against suicide. CALM was selected following an employee survey where our people selected mental health as the most important topic to them


We support our employees to step up for charities of their choice. We encourage our people to use their annual volunteering allowance to support their local community and the causes they feel most passionately about.

Throughout 2020 our people continued to support their communities and volunteer for a wide range of causes, from food banks, vaccinations centres, helping out vulnerable neighbours to homeless shelters. Even through the toughest of times, the DM’s family never fails to bring the community spirit.