As an educational institution, the Haberdashers' company has been active in founding schools. It created a boys' school at Hoxton, which then split into schools at Hatcham in south London and Hampstead in north London; the Hampstead school moved in 1961 to become the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Elstree. The Hoxton school now admits girls as well as boys; a separate girls' school was founded at Acton but has now moved to be close to the Elstree school. There are other Haberdashers' schools elsewhere in the U.K, for example at Newport, Monmouthshire
The Company ranks eighth in the order of precedence of Livery Companies; it is therefore considered one of the "Great Twelve City Livery Companies". The Company's motto is Serve and Obey.