The Swire Chinese Language Foundation’s remit is to fund the teaching of Chinese in British state schools, supported by a £25m commitment from John Swire & Sons Limited, the London-headquartered parent company of the Swire Group.

The Swire Group has been in business for over two centuries, and for more than half that time has supported education around the world through its philanthropic activities. In 2016, the Group marked its 200th anniversary and 150 years of doing business in Greater China by creating the Swire Chinese Language Foundation, which joined several other Swire philanthropic initiatives, including the Swire Charitable Trust, Swire Family Charitable Trusts and Swire Scholarships Programme, together with the Swire Trust in Hong Kong.