Big Society Award
The success of Community Matters came under the spotlight as Prime Minister David Cameron invited Waitrose to join him at 10 Downing Street as one of the Big Society Award winners. Through Community Matters, we have given around £30 million of our profit to support good causes since its launch in 2008.
Building on the successful Community Matters model, we launched Community Matters Partner Volunteering in May 2012. Local causes can now bid for 'Partner time' as every year we set aside a budget for each store to invest in volunteering. Our stores are also able to facilitate customer volunteering to build closer relations in our communities by advertising vacancies where we support causes under Community Matters.