Public Benefit

Today, the internet is as much a part of our society as our homes and work places. And, by working to make sure it’s used as a force for good, we’re committed to it being a positive public benefit.

At the most basic level, we do this by providing a trusted online home for millions of British businesses. But we also try to maximise the positive impact of the internet in other ways.

These are just some of the things we do to make a difference:

Nominet Trust

Nominet is a public benefit company, with 20 years’ experience running one of the world’s largest country code registries, managing and running over 10 million domain names that end in .uk.

We understand the internet is always changing and have tasked ourselves with adapting, staying connected, secure and inclusive, to help create a vibrant digital future for our customers, partners and wider society.

Commercial success underpins our public benefit contribution. With the proceeds of our successful registry business, in 2008 we set up and continue to support Nominet Trust, a charitable foundation that funds ‘tech for good’ projects.

To date, we’ve donated over £44 million to support its work. As such, Nominet Trust has benefited over ten million people by investing in internet related projects that improve lives and communities.

Nominet Trust funded ventures

Teenagers struggling with mental and physical health problems, children living with cystic fibrosis, isolated older people, children in need of prosthetic hands and people with learning disabilities are just some of the groups that stand to benefit from Nominet Trust funding.  Nominet Trust funded Social Tech Seed ventures which are developing a range of online and digital innovations to tackle pressing social challenges, can be found here.

Internet Governance

We work closely with international organisations in the internet sphere, including the international body responsible for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), where matters of how the internet is run are discussed.