Improving lives since 2005
The Waitrose Foundation is our way of giving back. As a supermarket, we rely on farms and their communities across the world to grow, pick and pack our fresh food and flowers throughout the year.
Through the Foundation we work with suppliers to fund local projects that help improve the lives of the workers who grow, pick and pack our produce. Every time you buy a Foundation product, 2% or equivalent of the sale is invested back into the community it came from.
Worker committees decide how best to spend the money, with funds going towards everything from health clinics and libraries to emergency food parcels, hygiene kits and hardship funds.
The Foundation was created in 2005 and so far has invested over £14 million into more than 1,000 community projects in 10 countries. They are South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Kenya, The Gambia, Senegal, Costa Rica, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
The Foundation started in South Africa in 2005, and since then it has supported more than 900 projects there
Foundation success stories
- All our whole pineapples come from Costa Rica where the Foundation works with Chestnut Hill Farms and the local charity, Fruktus Foundation, to invest in educational and economic empowerment projects for the workers and their families.
- In Ghana, the School Farm Project funded by the Foundation promotes careers in agriculture among young people. More than 7,000 students have taken part.
- During the Covid pandemic in 2020, a £200,000 fund was set up to support all Foundation communities by providing sanitation kits and food parcels to 100,000 workers.
- At Rooipad Boedery, a citrus farm in South Africa, a needlework project means that workers can earn additional money when the fruit is out of season. Participants create everything from colourful cushion covers to beanie hats, and take orders from local hotels for their upholstery.
- In Ghana, an accommodation block for nursing staff was built at a rural clinic. The clinic serves 2,000 people, including workers from 10 mango farms which supply Waitrose, and can deal with out-of-hours emergencies.
- A micro-savings and loan programme funded by the Foundation has given more than 1,700 workers in Kenya access to affordable finance.
- At Eldama Ravine in Kenya, the Foundation funded the building and equipping of a maternity unit, as the nearest was many hours away. Thousands of babies have since been safely delivered there.
More like this
Give a Little Love
How we’re helping to support families in need – and how you can help, too
Find out about Fairtrade
It guarantees growers and producers are paid a sustainable price
Support for rural communities
The Prince’s Countryside Fund receives an annual donation from the sale of Duchy Organic products