The Company's core activites are:
Supporting Charities and Education
As the corporate trustee of seven charitable trusts, the Drapers' Company seeks to make a significant contribution to society through its charitable work. It supports education and welfare needs through the grant making charities that it administers, runs three almshouses with some 200 residents in total and has strong historic links with a number of schools.
The Company has been seeking to revive its former links with the textile industry through its support of the Industrial Trust, an organisation that aims to encourage young people to work in the technical textiles sector. It sponsors exhibitions, competitions, postgraduate study and teaching awards in textile design, conservation and technology.
Managing and Growing its Investments
The Company owns and manages a substantial portfolio of investment assets including a number of commercial properties situated primarily in the City of London and let to various business tenants from investment banks to life insurance companies. More recently, the Company diversified its investments to include regional property assets.
Events and Catering
The Company operate a thriving hospitality and banqueting service at Drapers’ Hall which provides a spectacular setting for every type of event – from business meetings, presentations and working lunches to cocktail parties, dinners, formal dinners and wedding receptions.
The City of London
The Company, presided over by the Master and Wardens, continues to take an active part in the administrative life of the City of London, as it has done for many hundreds of years. It participates in the election of key public servants to office, including the Lord Mayor.