The background

Study after study shows that fairness is top of most people’s priorities. But we don’t have a common understanding of what it means, or how to build a society which delivers it. This is holding us back.

The government knows that this matters, which is why it says that it is ‘levelling up’. However it eventually defines this concept, at the most basic level, levelling up is about building a fairer society and economy.

Our priorities

The Fairness Foundation will help create the conditions for a fairer society in the UK. We will do this by pinning down and amplifying what fairness really means for people today, and by supporting partners pushing for changes which deliver on this vision.

This will include assessing how fairly the government is managing key areas like housing, education and health, and reflecting back what experts and ordinary people make of these outcomes.

Our vision and mission

Our vision is a fairer society in which everyone has the same chance to live their best and fullest life.

Our mission is to change the terms of the public debate about fairness, to promote the benefits of a fair society, and to inspire citizens, the media and decision-makers to create a fairer society.

Our approach

Our focus will be wide, not deep. We don’t want to duplicate the brilliant research, policy and advocacy work that others are doing on specific issues. Instead, we will take a holistic, cross-cutting view that allows us to identify opportunities to effect change that often appear at the points where different issues intersect.

We will amplify and connect the work of our partners, bridging divides and asking new questions as we go. We will also bring new voices into the conversation, who can make the case for a fairer society as both the right and the smart thing to do.

Our starting point

We will start by asking questions. Today’s debates about fairness rarely consider the role of luck in life. This feels like a shortcoming, and we want to explore this more fully.

We want to start a conversation about how to build a common understanding of the meaning of fairness. Our initial vision of a fair society is one in which the five fair necessities are realised.