Financial Transparency and Funding


The IISS is a registered charity in England and Wales, and a company limited by guarantee. The Institute provides financial information to the Charity Commission and Companies House in compliance with all their regulations, guidelines and best practice.

The Trustees of the IISS ensure that all fundraising by the IISS with governments, private companies, foundations and high-net-worth individuals is consistent with the Institute’s values of independence and excellence. The Trustees’ oversight of fundraising is maintained with the twin aims of guaranteeing the Institute’s independence of thought and analysis, as well as the Institute’s effectiveness as a strategic actor in a complex international environment.

In line with these principles:

  • The Institute reports publicly the sources of its revenue in general terms divided between various categories including, but not restricted to: general donations; publications income; foundation grants; government grants; individual support; corporate support; and host-nation support for major conferences.
  • Neither the Institute’s staff nor the Trustees seek or accept funding from any source that places any limitation on the Institute’s research and analysis, or its convening or organisational independence. The Trustees act as the Institute’s ethics body and ensure through their oversight that the Institute’s fundraising practices and execution of grants or contracts meet the highest standards, and conform to the values of independence and excellence that are at the Institute’s core.
  • Where the Institute’s effectiveness in operating in a complex international environment justifies keeping the details of a donation by an individual or corporate donor or host-nation support confidential, the Trustees will exercise their discretion in relation to reasonable requests for anonymity and confidentiality, as long as the Institute’s independence is preserved.

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Below is a list of other governments, foundations and individuals from whom the IISS drew its principal income in the last two fiscal years ended on 30 September 2016, as well as current IISS corporate partners. Income brackets are amounts received per annum.

Major Host Nations  
Singapore - Shangri-La Dialogue Kingdom of Bahrain - Manama Dialogue

Over £500,000  
Bahrain Economic Development Board
EU Non Proliferation Consortium
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Taylor & Francis Group
Individual Membership Subscriptions 
(from nearly 1,700 members worldwide as of 30 September 2016)

£100,000 to £499,999  
Airbus Group
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sultanate of Brunei
BAE Systems Plc
Mitsubishi Corporation
Modi Enterprises
Carnegie Corporation New York
Near East South Asia Centre (NESA), National Defence University
Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Northrop Grumman
Open Society Foundation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Office (MOS)
MacArthur Foundation

£25,000 to £99,999  
Abraaj Capital
Booz Allen Hamilton
Notenstein Private Bank Limited
BP International Ltd OCI NV
British American Tobacco
Ploughshares Fund
Caracol Television S.A
Raytheon International Inc.
Center for International and Sustainable Development (CIRSD)

Reliance Industries Ltd
Robert and Ardis James Foundation
DRS Technologies
Saab AB
E Oppenheimer & Son International Ltd
Shell International Ltd
Embassy of Brazil
Singapore Technologies
Executive Affairs Authority - Abu Dhabi
Somerset Zhong Beikjing (previously The Asahi Shimbun)
Statoil (UK) Ltd
Federal Ministry of Defence Germany
Swiss Confederation
International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI)
Swiss Federal Office of Energy

Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Temasek International Pte Ltd
The Cohen Group
Ministry of Defence, UK
Total S.A.
Ministry of Defense, Japan
US Friends of the IISS
Ministry of Defense, Saudi Arabia
Wallenberg Foundations AB
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

£1,000 to £24,999  
Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Australian High Commission
Kyodo News Agency
Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
Library, The Sejong Institute
British Army
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
British High Commission Islamabad
Los Alamos National Laboratory
British High Commission, Singapore
Lowy Institute for International Policy
Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office (CIRO), Japan
Olayan Group
Cabinet Office
 Mainichi Newspapers
Canadian High Commission
 Merifin Capital
Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
 Military Academy at ETH Zurich (MILAK)
 Ministère de la Défense (France)
Centre for Environment and Development Studies, Japan
 Ministerio de Defensa (Spain)
Centro de Estudos Estratégicos do Exército, Brazil (CEEEx)
 Ministerstvo Obrany (Czech Republic)

Chartwell Speakers
 Ministry of Defence, Denmark
Chilean Army Centre for Research and Military Studies
 Ministry of Defence, Slovenia

Chilean Army War Academy
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
China Institute of International Studies (CIIS)
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Chinese Embassy
 Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc 
CIC Information Services Co., Ltd
 Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute
Comando Interforze Per Le Operazioni Delle Forze Speciali (COFS)
 Mizuho Corporate Bank
Crest Investment Company
 Montrose Associates
Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
 Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies
Defence Forces Ireland
 N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd
Department for International Development
 National Crime Agency (NCA), UK
Department of Foreign, Trade and Development of Canada
 National Defence College, Nigeria
Department of War Studies, King’s College London
 National Defence University of Malaysia
Embassy of Belgium
 National Defence University, Finland
Embassy of China
 National Defense Academy, Japan
Embassy of Egypt

 National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan
Embassy of Estonia
 National Police Agency, Japan
 Embassy of Finland
 National Security Council, Taiwan
Embassy of France
 NATO Defense College (NDC)
Embassy of Israel
 NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre
Embassy of Japan
 NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Embassy of Romania
 New Zealand High Commission
 Embassy of Sweden
 NHK – Japan Broadcasting Corporation
 Embassy of the Czech Republic
 Nomura International (Hong Kong) Ltd
 Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
 Nomura Investment Forum Asia
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
 Non-proliferation Policy Education Center
 Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
 Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) 
 Embassy of the Republic of Korea
 Nuri Holdings (S) Pte Ltd
 Embassy of the Republic of Poland
 Office of National Assessments (ONA), Australia
 Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
 Omarco Network Systems (Holdings) Limited
 Embassy of the Russian Federation
 Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd
 Embassy of the Slovak Republic
 Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
 Embassy of the State of Kuwait
 Embassy of the State of Qatar
 Pennsylvania State University Libraries
 Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman
 Qatar Petroleum International
 Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
 Research Center on International Politics and Conflict Resolution, Italy
 European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
 Research Institute for International Affairs, Korea
 European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)
 Research Institute for National Security Affairs (RINSA), Korea
 Federal Foreign Office, The Federal Republic of Germany
 Rokos Capital Management LLP
 Fujisankei Communications International Inc.
 Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS)
 German Business Protection (GBP)
 Royal Danish Embassy
 High Commission for Pakistan
 Royal Norwegian Embassy
 Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited
 Royal Norwegian Naval Academy
 HM Revenue and Customs
 S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU
 House of Commons Library
 Sanoma Media Finland, Helsingin Sanomat
 Indian High Commission
Saudi Military Attaché (Saudi Embassy)
 Indian Navy
Eranda Foundation
 Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
 South African High Commission
 Institute for Strategic Studies Mongolia
 Sun Pharmaceuticals Limited
 Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
 Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs
 International Committee of the Red Cross
 TEAS – The European Azerbaijan Society
 Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)
 The Deane Group
Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF)
 The Economist
 Japan International Cooperation Agency
 The Guardian
 Jetro London 
 The Times
Joint Forces Military University Library

 Tokyo Foundation
 Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA)
UK Defence Solutions Centre
 United States Embassy
 US–UAE Business Council
 US Embassy, Singapore
 World Animal Protection
 Yomiuri Shimbun
 Zeya & Associates Co. Ltd

Ministry of Defense, Japan
Ministry of Defense, Japan