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 started in South Africa in 2005, and since then it has supported more than 900 projects there
The Foundation was created in 2005 and so far has invested over £17 million into more than 1,500 community projects in 10 countries.
In 2021 alone, we raised £2.4m for the Foundation, delivered 170 projects and sold over 200 product lines with the Foundation label on.