Our contribution to civil society
The Met Office is committed, wherever possible, to making a positive contribution to UK society, international development and protection of the environment.
We are proud to work in a variety of ways with a wide range of civil society organisations.
We continue to look at news ways of engaging with them through formal partnerships and mutual support. However as a UK Government trading fund we are required to operate within the Civil Service Code and, as such, cannot support individual campaigns that actively lobby for policy change.
We are also covered by The Compact outlining shared values, principles and commitments while setting out guidelines for how Government and the civil society should work together, and have an affiliate membership of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Humanitarian relief and international development
Our climate science and severe-weather forecasting capabilities are of great interest to the disaster relief and development sector and we provide advice and support to organisations seeking to develop their own knowledge and operational preparedness.
We work with national meteorological and hydrological services of other countries, and support those in developing countries as a contribution to the UK Voluntary Co-operation Programme.
We are currently engaged with the Humanitarian Futures Programme on an exchange module aiming to combine the perspectives of scientists and international development workers.
We provide a number of health-related services and we are engaged with age and health-sector organisations, sharing expertise and ensuring that we remain focused on the needs and experiences of users of those services.
We encourage staff participation in our Sustainability, including supporting the activities of our corporate charity.