Supporting local communities
Why it matters
We know that our business can only be vibrant if the communities in which we operate are vibrant too.
Neighbourhood Food Collection
Food poverty has continued to be a major challenge for many communities across different markets. Helping those charities who are on the front line of helping to feed people in need is a major priority for us as a business – and we are immensely proud of the contribution we have made.
In the UK, we have continued to work with FareShare and The Trussell Trust to hold national Neighbourhood Food Collections twice every year. Since 2012, by topping up the food donations we receive from customers by an additional 30%, we have been able to donate enough food to provide 21.5 million meals. We have now also rolled out permanent collection points in 507 of our stores, allowing customers to donate food all year round.
National Charity Partnership
Thanks to our customers and colleagues, our partnership with Diabetes UK has raised a fantastic £18.6 million.
This money will help to support people living with diabetes in many ways, for example by funding the extension of the Diabetes UK care line and a £4m investment in life changing research for a Type 1 vaccine.
At the end of 2014 we launched our new charity partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. This trio partnership is the first of its kind and will aim to raise £30 million to promote healthy living.
In the UK we have over 300 centrally funded Community Champions. They work with their local communities to coordinate our support for local initiatives and events. To find out who your local champion is please see here.
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