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, keeping over 10 million domains ending in .uk safe and secure with our cyber security services. But we also try to maximise the positive impact of the internet in other ways, focusing on initiatives that promote greater connectivity, inclusivity and security online for all.

Our public benefit priorities are:

  • To promote digital engagement: we want to ensure all businesses, organisations and individuals can reap the benefits of being online
  • To play our part to ensure the internet is safe and trusted in an increasingly complex cyber landscape
  • To apply technology to tackle long-standing challenges, exploring how emerging technologies can help communities

Profit with a purpose

As a profit with a purpose company, with 20 years’ experience running one of the world’s largest country code registries, commercial success underpins our public benefit contribution. And, with the proceeds of our successful registry business and cyber security services, we have donated over £45m to tech for good initiatives helping over 10 million people.

Our aim is to achieve lasting social impact focusing on enabling positive change on a range of emerging issues born out of our digital age such as online safety and digital inclusion, to existing social challenges where technology can play a pivotal role, and we are committed to improving the lives of one million people a year.

Funded programmes

Nominet is directly involved in a number of initiatives that help to encourage and develop young peoples’ digital skills. These include our own programme, Nominet Digital Neighbourhood, which offers training and paid work experience to young people with digital skills but limited opportunities, and then connects them with local SMEs, to help them both prosper online. We are also a founding patron of the Prince’s Trust Online – its online platform – and a founding partner of the Micro:bit Foundation, both of which are also helping to advance digital skills for young people.

Find out more about Nominet Digital Neighbourhood 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.