The Cropper Foundation (TCF) is a not-for-profit organization established in August 2000, under The Companies Act, 1995 of Trinidad & Tobago. It has a legal framework and it submits annual audited statements to the Board of Inland Revenue of Trinidad and Tobago which also accorded it with charitable status. It publishes periodic reports and has an established governance framework through a Board of Trustees; it has an established programme framework of five main areas of activity. It is essentially a catalytic not grant making entity which receives core financial support for its activities from the Cropper family.
The concept of the Foundation is to act as a framework mechanism for networking people, dialogue and resources across various sectors of the society for the public good and to influence, participate and contribute to Sustainable Development policy and practice – locally, for the Caribbean region, and globally.
In collaboration with Environment Tobago, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, the Network of Rural Women Producers of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Oilfield Workers Trade Union they are executing a project funded by the European Union that will create a governance mechanism for environmental transparency in Trinidad and Tobago’s extractive industries (oil, gas and quarrying).
The project will enhance Trinidad and Tobago civil society’s understanding and oversight of extractive processes, create a mechanism by which civil society can collect, independently verify and publicly disseminate extractive-industry environmental information from the Government and companies.
An invitation has been extended to any UWI Clbs that will be interested in this project.