Since its inception, ROSL’s purpose has been to foster international friendship and understanding, which is achieved in large part, through our role as an accredited Commonwealth organisation, a network of more than 80 societies, institutions, associations, organisations, and charities that work towards improving people's lives.

Through our arts programmes and education projects across the Commonwealth, plus hosting meetings, seminars, receptions, and summits at Over-Seas House, we support the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat and provide a home-from-home for visiting scholars, artists, dignitaries, and diplomats from across the 53-nation family.