The Waitrose Foundation


The Waitrose Foundation is a partnership between Waitrose, our suppliers and the people who grow, pick and pack our produce. It was launched in 2005 to help improve the lives of the workers and communities that supply our products.

Since then, it’s contributed over £10 million to support programmes that improve access to high-quality education, health facilities, community development and environmental sustainability.

Projects are chosen by farm-worker committees – with members who have been elected by their communities. They play an important role in the success of the Foundation, selecting and supporting initiatives that specifically benefit them,  their families and their communities.

How it works:

1. You choose a product with the Waitrose Foundation logo on the pack.

2. A proportion of the retail sales value is invested into the Foundation.

3. That money goes directly back into the farming community, with support from local charities who help
implement projects.

4. Workers are involved in deciding how the money is spent on projects that will benefit their community.


Our partners

The Waitrose Foundation works alongside local and international charities with community development expertise, like the Fairtrade Foundation.

These charities support us by carrying out farm-need assessments, training farm worker committees, delivering local projects and guiding us in developing best-practice global toolkits and frameworks.

With their help, we’re able to really make a difference – and keep on growing too.


Celebrating 10 years of the Waitrose Foundation


Learn more

Mouton citrus

Watch how Mouton citrus in
South Africa works with Waitrose Foundation to empower workers
and local communities >

Where we work

South Africa

When did Waitrose Foundation arrive?

Which products are part of the Foundation?
Berries, citrus fruit, stone fruit, top fruit and grapes, as well as avocados and two lines of wine. The majority of fruit that Waitrose sources from South Africa is part of the Waitrose Foundation.

How do we help?
The Waitrose Foundation works in over 100 farms in South Africa, and has a small team of community-development experts there.

They train workers in identifying and prioritising need within their communities, and administer the funding to deliver projects that will improve their livelihoods. Projects range from on-farm creche and after school centres for children of farm workers through to primary health care clinics, debt management and financial literacy classes of employees.


When did Waitrose Foundation arrive?

Which products are part of the Foundation?
Flowers and vegetables. The majority of these products that Waitrose sources from Kenya is part of the Waitrose Foundation. Waitrose Foundation flowers are available all year round from WaitroseFlorist. Shop the range here >

How do we help?
We work in 11 farms, on projects that have included building maternity units, rebuilding classrooms and resource centres to strengthen local farming communities.

In 2017, the Waitrose Foundation Kenya started working with the charity Farm Africa. In close collaboration with farm-worker committees, Farm Africa is conducting needs assessments, and identifying training opportunities and projects that will have a sustainable impact on the lives of workers and their families.


When did Waitrose Foundation arrive?

Which products are part of the Foundation?
Freshly prepared mango, and other exotic fruit.

How do we help?
Here, we work in partnership with supplier Blue Skies and Dutch retailer Albert Heijn.

Projects have included building basic sanitation facilities for communities where none exist, building classrooms, and investing in the School Farm competition. The School Farm Competition is as a way to encourage young people to take an interest in farming, and to help raise the profile of agriculture.

Costa Rica

When did Waitrose Foundation arrive?

Which products are part of the Foundation?
Whole-head pineapples.

How do we help?
Working in partnership with a pineapple supplier and local charity, Fruktus
Foundation, we are investing in educational- and economic-empowerment projects for workers and their families.

The Fruktus Foundation is a private,
non-profit organisation, run by second-generation family members of those who
own companies dedicated to pineapple
and banana production in Costa Rica.

Waitrose Foundation whole-head pineapple
Alastair Cook visits farming communities supported by the Waitrose Foundation

See Alastair Cook’s visit to farming communities supported by the Waitrose Foundation


Supporting the Waitrose Foundation