Morrisons and FareShare partnership saved over 100,000 meals from waste and diverted to charities

Bradford, UK, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons formalised a partnership between its food production sites and the food redistribution charity FareShare in April 2017, to use surplus food occurring at their manufacturing sites to benefit people in need. After nine months, the partnership has resulted in enough good quality food for over 100,000 meals being saved from waste and diverted to charities supporting vulnerable people across the UK.

Numerous Morrisons production sites have committed to work with FareShare, including the retailer’s fish processing plant in Grimsby which was the first to come on board, followed by their fruit packing house Cutler Heights and most recently, vegetable packing house Clayholes Farm in Carnoustie and the Gadbrook Regional Distribution Centre.

The recent addition of Clayholes Farm in December 2017 means that FareShare in Scotland now receives a regular supply of surplus potatoes. The Morrisons team recognised that potatoes used as quality samples could be collected and bagged up for donation to FareShare, rather than going to animal feed. The samples are now sent to FareShare Glasgow once a fortnight, where they are redistributed to local frontline charities.

The provision of off-cut grapes from the retailer’s fruit packing house Cutler Heights has grown from strength to strength since the project started in November 2017. FareShare now receives surplus grapes three times a week from the Bradford site, which are distributed nationwide to the charity’s network of Regional Centres. Three months since the project began, FareShare has received 40 tonnes of off-cut green grapes, which has directly benefited over 1,400 charities, including children’s breakfast clubs, day centres for older people and community centres in deprived areas. As of this week, the project has been expanded to include red surplus grapes, which is projected to significantly increase volumes donated.

Following the success of the partnership, Morrisons will work with Fareshare to embed the FareShare redistribution model further into their wider manufacturing network.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare says: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Morrisons. Thanks to collaboration across multiple production sites, FareShare is able to access a range of fresh, nutritious food that is in such high demand by the thousands of frontline charities we support – items like fresh fish, potatoes and fruit. These types of surplus foods go a long way to helping local charities provide hot, nutritious meals for those who might otherwise go without. The fact that we have already reached a milestone of providing over 100,000 meals is testament to Morrisons commitment to putting their surplus food to the best possible use.”

Steven Butts, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons says: “As a foodmaker that makes most of the fresh food we sell, our manufacturing sites represent the best opportunity to make a real difference by working with FareShare. We want more and more people to be able to eat well and that means ensuring as little as possible is wasted. Working with FareShare means we get surplus food made into wholesome meals where they are needed.”

For further information contact:

Morrisons Press Office
0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Co-op’s Fuel Good Day raised more than $570,000 for registered charities and non-profits

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — A lot can happen when you work together. This fall, Co-op teamed up with thousands of Western Canadians to raise more than $570,000 for registered charities and non-profits — all in a single day.

We called it Fuel Good Day.

“With the support of Co-op members and customers, Fuel Good Day is assisting dozens of local organizations and causes, creating a wave of positive activity that spans Western Canada,” said Cal Fichter, Vice-President Energy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which is owned by more than 190 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada.

“This is something that we can all feel good about. As a Co-op member, you’re an owner in a local business that delivers important services, shares profits and makes investments that enrich your community and your neighbours.”

Local actions, big results

On Sept. 19, more than 380 Co-op Gas Bars throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario participated in Fuel Good Day. As part of the event, a minimum of five cents from every litre of fuel sold at these locations was donated to registered charities and non-profit organizations in their region.

The $570,000 raised on Fuel Good Day will be shared by more than 160 local organizations and causes throughout Western Canada. A complete list of local retail co-operatives and charities that participated in Co-op’s Fuel Good Day is available at coopfuel.ca.

Celebrate Co-op Week

From Oct. 15 to 21, Co-op is joining other co-operatives, as well as credit unions, in recognizing Co-op Week.

The weeklong celebration acknowledges the contributions of all co-operatives across Canada to meeting the economic and social needs of their members and communities. Together, these community-based businesses and organizations support more than 600,000 jobs and contribute over $50 billion to the economy, according to the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network. More information about Co-op Week, as well as the values and principles of co-operatives, is available at canada.coop.

Source: Co-op

NACS: convenience stores contributed nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience stores contributed or collected nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year, according to a national survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than 97% of convenience store companies responding to the survey say they donate to charities. The median charitable contribution per store is $4,100 in direct contributions and $2,500 in donations collected. This means that, as an industry, the 154,195 convenience stores in the United States contribute or collect approximately $990 million a year to benefit charities.

Nearly two-thirds of all convenience retailers (64%) say they support five or more charities in their communities. And more than four in five (83%) companies say they’ve have been engaged in community giving for more than a decade.

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) donate to local charities such as church groups, shelters, health-related organizations and other non-sports groups. More than three in four (76%) contribute to youth sports and activities and more than two-thirds (69%) contribute to local schools via the PTAs and other fundraising activities.

Four in five convenience store companies (80%) say they’ve made donations when there was a specific emergency or crisis in the community. “We are the stores that people turn to in crisis,” said Steve Williams with Bobby & Steve’s Auto World (Minneapolis, MN).

More than nine in 10 Americans (91%) say that they live within 10 minutes of a convenience store, according to a national consumer survey conducted by NACS. In rural areas, convenience stores are often the only place in town to buy grocery items, fuel or other products or services. More than 8 in 10 rural Americans (81%) say that a convenience store is within 10 minutes of their home, according to the same survey.

“We are truly your neighborhood store—not just a stop and go for gas and snacks,” said Jessica Murphy with Humboldt Petroleum (Eureka, CA).

More than three in five (62%) retailers say make local product/food donations for charity events and 53% provide product to shelters to support those in need.

Convenience retailers stressed the importance of local contributions that help the immediate community they serve. Landhope Farms (Kennett Square, PA) donates a portion of sales from its food program during certain months to support a local charity. “This makes our customers and associates feel good because everyone knows the money is going to a great local cause that helps people in our immediate area,” said the company’s Director of Operations Dennis McCartney.

Retailers also noted that their convenient locations in the community also make them convenient locations for groups to hold events: 60% allow their property to be used by local groups for fundraising events.

They also say that they receive donation requests on a regular basis and tend to select those that are most appropriate for the community. Overall, 60% examine requests on a case-by-case basis while 8% develop a set amount that they contribute to causes annually.

“Our industry must choose wisely,” noted Bob Honkala from Bud’s Citgo (Somonauk, IL), which donates to a broad array of charities. “Choose what fits your company best,” added Jay Ricker with Ricker’s (Anderson, IN), which contributes to a number of local and national causes.

A total of 115 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,728 stores, participated in the September 2016 survey of convenience retailers. The national consumer survey was conducted in September 2015 by Penn Schoen Berland in which 1,111 U.S. adults were surveyed.

-###-

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE:  NACS

43 charities across U.S. will be receiving IKEA makeover and product donations

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. is pleased to announce today that 43 charities across the U.S. will be receiving IKEA makeover and product donations as a result of winning this year’s IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Additionally 77 other charities, who were first and second runner ups, will win an IKEA product donation.

IKEA wants to play a part in creating a better life for the many people, as well as communities touched by IKEA business. While IKEA works on a global level to improve the lives of people in developing countries, IKEA also wants to be a good neighbor in its local communities. The IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker challenge is one way to make a difference closer to home.

How the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Works:
Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee – at each store – selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online (this year’s voting period was March 27- April 10). The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive an IKEA product donation.

Two of this year’s 43 winners are listed below as good examples of just how meaningful these charities are as well as the impact of these makeovers:

Illumination Foundation, Costa Mesa, California
Illumination Foundation’s mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness. The makeover would redesign the Stanton Children’s Recourse Center to ensure that the children are grouped according to their skill level in order to receive assistance tailored to their specific needs.

Warriors for Autism Inc., Tampa, Florida
Warriors for Autism’s mission is to enlighten, enrich, and empower the lives of families on the autism spectrum by offering inclusive programs and services that fit the ever growing needs of the community. The makeover would furnish the new facility opening in spring of 2016, which will be an adaptive fitness and sensory center for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

IKEA U.S. started the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge in 2011, and since then over 200 local charities have received over $1 million in IKEA products, design expertise, and manpower.

For more information on the winners, read here:
http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/life-improvement-challenge/index.html

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com,
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 41 IKEA stores in the U.S. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

###

CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo announced $1.3m donation to support dozens of charities across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo announced $1.3m donation to support dozens of charities across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — At a celebration today recognizing area non-profit organizations supported by the CVS Health Charity Classic, CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo announced that $1.3 million dollars will be donated from the 2015 tournament to support dozens of charities across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

In addition, CVS Health announced dates for the 2016 CVS Health Charity Classic, which is scheduled for June 26 – 28 at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.

This year’s donation from the annual golf tournament, which attracts world-class golfers each year and is the largest charitable sporting event in Rhode Island, brings the total amount donated over 17 years to more than $19 million.

“Supporting organizations that make a real difference in the community and provide the support necessary to bring the CVS Health Charity Classic to life is one of the most important ways we give back in our home state,” Merlo said. “We are proud to support the meaningful work being done by these non-profits to provide assistance to those who need it most in the areas of health care, education and social services.”

Merlo, along with Tournament Chairperson Eileen Howard Boone and PGA Tour professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic co-chairs Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon, awarded the donations in front of a crowd that included CVS Health colleagues, many of the awarded non-profits, working charities that volunteer their time during the tournament and CVS Health Charity Classic sponsors.

A number of the CVS Health Charity Classic non-profit partners were on-hand to highlight how the tournament has supported their efforts throughout the year. This included a singing performance by a Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence youth and a speech by Joe Andruzzi, president of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation which supports cancer patients and their families, former New England Patriots player, Super Bowl winner and cancer survivor. “We’re very fortunate for this support from the CVS Health Charity Classic which allows us to provide assistance to more patients and families as they recover from both the physical and financial stresses of a cancer diagnosis,” said Andruzzi. “We’re truly grateful for the support we receive from such a community-minded organization, which gives us the opportunity to financially assist as many families as we can as they go through a difficult time.”

In all, 103 local non-profit organizations across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts will benefit this year from the CVS Health Charity Classic. These include:

A Wish Come True, Inc.

American Diabetes Association, RI

Adopt-a-Family

ALS Rhode Island

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

American Lung Association, Rhode Island

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Amos House

Arthritis Foundation, RI

Arts Alive! Barrington

Bags of Hope

Boys & Girls Club of Blackstone Valley

Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket

Boys & Girls Club of Taunton

Boys & Girls Club of Warwick

Barrington Community School

Barrington Education Foundation

Barrington Public Library

Barrington Senior Center

Barrington TAPIN

Bayside Family YMCA of Barrington

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State

Blessings in a Backpack

Boston Red Sox Foundation

Boy Scouts of Rhode Island

Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence

Bradley Hospital

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island

Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS)

Button Hole Golf

Children’s Friend

Children’s Wishes of Rhode Island

Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Barrington

City Year Providence

College Visions

Community Preparatory School

Crossroads Rhode Island

Day One

Donate Life New England

Easter Seals of Rhode Island

Economic Progress Institute

Families First Rhode Island

Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund

Gaits of Harmony

Girls on the Run

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Golf Fights Cancer

Habitat for Humanity

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Golf Invitational

Highlander Charter School

Hockomock Area YMCA

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of RI

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

John E. Fogarty Foundation

March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter

Meals on Wheels

Meeting Street

Michael H. Flanagan Foundation

Operation Gratitude

Our Sisters’ School

PASA (Providence After School Alliance)

PeaceLove Studios

Project GOAL

Providence Center Golf Tournament

Providence International Arts

Resilient Kids

Rhode Island Family Shelter

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Richard A. Browning Medical Education Fund

RI Burn Foundation

RI Healthy Schools Coalition

RISE

Ronald McDonald House (RI)

Salvation Army Rhode Island

Save The Bay

Serve Rhode Island

Sojourner House

South Shore YMCA

Special Olympics Rhode Island

Spurwink|RI

St. Mary’s Home for Children

Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre

Station Fire Memorial Foundation

The Autism Project

The Learning Center for the Deaf

The San Miguel School Providence

Tides Family Services

Tomorrow Fund

University of Rhode Island Golf Team

VIPS (Volunteers in Providence Schools)

WaterFire Providence

Wolf School

Women’s Center of Rhode Island

Woonsocket Boys & Girls Clubs

Woonsocket Park Renovation

Woonsocket Rotary Days

YMCA of Greater Fall River

Youth Pride, Inc.

“The Charity Classic has always been about great golf and great charities,” said Faxon. “We continue to be proud of the success the tournament has had in improving the lives of so many.”

“As New England natives, Brad and I are so excited that the tournament has been able to donate more than $19 million dollars,” said Andrade. “We have had the opportunity to make a positive impact through our support of local organizations, and thanks to the dedication of many individuals, that impact will be even greater this year.”

For photos and videos from today’s event and updates throughout the year, follow @CVSClassicGolf on Twitter and like CVS Health Charity Classic on Facebook.

About the CVS Health Charity Classic
The CVS Health Charity Classic is Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event and hosts some of the best PGA and LPGA professional golfers in the world. Funds generated by the tournament, launched in 1999, are distributed to area nonprofit organizations that provide vital funding to a range of programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southeastern New England.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts

Mary Alfieri, CVS Health
(401) 770-9811
malfieri2@cvs.com

Dawn Ratte, (add)ventures
(401) 580-9597
dratte@addventures.com

SOURCE CVS Health Charity Classic

Macy’s raised $3.5 million through its annual “Shop For A Cause” campaign in support of charities nationwide

Macy’s helps March of Dimes® and thousands of local charities raise funds through annual shopping event

MIAMI, FL, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In support of March of Dimes and more than 4,000 charities nationwide, Macy’s raised more than $3.5 million through its annual “Shop For A Cause” campaign, which took place onSaturday, August 29. Volunteers at Macy’s stores and those from participating organizations contributed to the program’s success and worked together to drive funds across the country.

“The Shop For A Cause program is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and a great way for our stores to connect in our communities,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Our associates and customers are making a difference locally and nationally through this campaign, which truly embodies the magic of Macy’s. It’s an honor to be able to raise funds and give back to so many worthy causes this year.”

Now in its 10th year, Shop For A Cause is a unique, one-day-only shopping event created to support local and national charities’ fundraising efforts. Macy’s designated March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization in support of pregnancy and baby health, as its national beneficiary of all proceeds of sales of Shop For A Cause savings passes in Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

“Thanks to Macy’s and their customers for giving every baby born in the United States a fighting chance by raising millions of dollars through Shop For A Cause,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Over the past five years, nearly $15 million has been raised to help support local community-based programs that give moms the information they need to have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. We’re proud to report that last year with the help of Macy’s Shop For A Cause, March of Dimes chapters were able to award 554 grants totaling more than $5.1 million and reaching nearly 1 million women to help improve the health of their babies.”

In addition to the March of Dimes, more than 4,000 local charities signed up to participate in the event this year. By giving $5 to their favorite local cause, customers were able to support a cause meaningful to them and receive the savings pass to enjoy special discounts at Macy’s.

For more information about this year’s program, visit macys.com/shopforacause.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 775 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events asMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southernCalifornia are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Source: Macy’s

Macy’s Media Relations
Melissa Goff, 305-577-2171
melissa.goff@macys.com

Sainsbury’s 20×20 Sustainability Plan: £52 million donated to charities and other good causes in 2014/15

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — We have donated £52 million to charitable causes in 2014/15 and we look forward to supporting Carers UK for the fifth year running.

Our values

Sainsbury’s 20×20 Sustainability Plan

Download related images

  • Healthier baskets: We have launched a number of products to inspire our customers with new ways to eat fruit and vegetables, including a convenient platter containing five different portions of 5-a-day produce.
  • Supplier training: A group of South African growers came to the UK as part of a training and skills programme to explore the value chain from port to store.
  • Energy efficiency: We are trialling an aerofoil technology on our fridge systems to reduce the amount of cool air that escapes from fridge units and reduce the energy used to keep the fridge units cool.
  • Charitable donations: During 2014/15 we donated a total of £52 million to charities and other good causes both nationally and locally.
  • Mentoring: Our second cohort of colleagues are participating in Race for Opportunity’s cross-organisational Mentoring Circles, which promotes diverse representation and progression in the workplace. We have also provided four mentors for the scheme.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, said:

“Back in 2011, we were one of the first FTSE 100 companies to introduce a policy to support our colleagues who juggle their work with caring responsibilities.  It was an important step for us as we estimate that 18,000, or one in nine, of our colleagues are also carers, and we want to make sure these colleagues are fully supported and able to continue working whilst caring.

This is particularly pertinent this year as our partner charity Carers UK celebrates its 50th anniversary and we celebrate five years of working together. To mark these milestones and to show support for this year’s Carers Week (8 to 14 June), many of our stores will work with organisations to host information stands about support services for carers in the local community. A number of colleagues have also been sharing their own experiences of caring on a film which will be launched the same week.

As the population grows and life expectancy continues to increase, it is likely that many people will find themselves carers at some point in their lives.  We’re proud to be leading the way in supporting colleagues through their caring responsibilities.”

Other highlights form the quarter include:
1. Best for food and health

  • Healthier baskets: Our product developers continue to work to inspire our customers with healthy, convenient options. We have extended our prepared salads offer to include a baby leaf green salad, a range of Taste the Difference salads featuring micro-herbs and edible flowers, as well as red kale leaves which can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • 5-a-day: We have also launched a fruit and vegetable platter providing all five 5-a-day portions in one convenient format. Our new My Goodness! tuna and beetroot sandwich also contains one portion of 5-a-day, adding to our My Goodness! chicken and minted pea and My Goodness! smoky ham and piccalilli sandwiches, which all provide a full portion of vegetables or fruit.
  • External collaboration: In March, we invited 14 external stakeholders to an event hosted by Mike Coupe and our non-executive director, Jean Tomlin. We were able to share the progress we have made in reformulating our products to reduce the salt, sugar and fat content as well as discuss how to continue our journey to improve the nutritional profile of our products.

2. Sourcing with integrity

  • Conferences: On 13 March we brought together a total of 400 guests at The Royal Institution in central London for our Research and Development (R&D) conference, and our Ethical conference. This was our second R&D conference which focused on sharing knowledge to address common challenges across the supply chain; while simultaneously the Ethical conference looked at securing sustainable supply chains through transparency and partnerships.
  • Supplier training: Working in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) we have funded some of our fresh fruit suppliers to run a training and skills programme for over 160 workers. The training was developed by the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum in South Africa. In April, 11 of the participants in the programme were selected to visit the UK and follow the value chain through to our stores, providing a unique opportunity to embed their learning.
  • Agricultural scholars: Seven British farmers have started our first farmers and growers scholarship programme. In partnership with Imperial College London, the next six months offers them a unique opportunity to study, research and analyse soil health.

3. Respect for our environment

  • Energy efficiency: We are trialling an aerofoil technology on our fridge systems to reduce the amount of cool air that escapes from fridge units. The adaptation has been designed and manufactured by Aerofoil Energy Ltd and uses Formula 1 aerodynamics technology developed with Williams’ Advanced Engineering. With less cool air escaping, less energy is used to keep the fridge units cool and less energy is needed to keep the shopping aisles warm.
  • Biodiversity: We have been working with a bee expert to set up, and maintain, a network of Bee Hotels on our store estate and across our supplier network to increase the availability of nesting sites for solitary bees. This spring, we have added 146 Bee Hotels to our stores and depots, taking our total number of Bee Hotels to 258.
  • External Recognition: In April we won the Organisational Behavioural Change category at the Environment and Energy Awards for our internal colleague engagement programme to become the UK’s Greenest Grocer. Our work with Global Action Plan asks colleagues to complete five simple actions as part of their daily routine to help reduce energy use in store by three per cent.

4. Making a positive difference to our community

  • Charitable donations: We are delighted to confirm that during 2014/15 we donated a total of £52 million to charities and other good causes. This included corporate donations to national charities such as Comic Relief and The Royal British Legion, and also funds raised by stores for their Local Charity partners, as well as investment in community programmes such as Active Kids.
  • Carers UK: Stores across the country have made preparations to support the 2015 Carers Week. Arrangements are in place for volunteer groups to come into store to provide information to customers and colleagues throughout the week (8 to 14 June). It is a milestone year for our partnership with Carers UK as the charity celebrates its 50th anniversary and we mark our fifth year of support.
  • Active Kids: This year’s voucher collection finished on 5 May and now over 50,000 schools and clubs are able to redeem their vouchers to order sports and cooking equipment and experiences from our biggest ever catalogue.

5. A great place to work

  • Skills and training: 979 of our colleagues who are responsible for planning, delivering and validating the learning of others, have attended our Bringing Learning To Life workshop to help build their knowledge and insight.
  • Food Colleges: On Wednesday 11 March two members of our Learning and Development team were asked to support an event at the Houses of Parliament organised by Sainsbury’s and Mars UK in partnership with Comic Relief. This was an opportunity for one of our experienced store colleagues, who has been trained at our Bakery College, to demonstrate how we train and develop our colleagues, and to raise awareness of our new Bakery Apprenticeship.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: For the first time, we are supporting the London, Manchester and Brighton Pride events. In addition, ten stores have committed support for ‘Little Pride’ events across the UK, including Leeds and Blackpool. Further information can be found at j-sainsbury.co.uk/blog/2015/05/sarah-warby-proud-to-be-at-pride-2015.
  • Mentoring: We are participating in Race for Opportunity’s cross-organisational Mentoring Circles, which promote diverse representation and progression in the workplace. Mentees learn together, coach and support each other, while being led by a senior level mentor. We have also supplied four mentors for the scheme as well as a member of our Operating Board as a guest mentor.

###

Sainsbury’s 20x20 Sustainability Plan: £52 million donated to charities and other good causes in 2014/15

Sainsbury’s 20×20 Sustainability Plan: £52 million donated to charities and other good causes in 2014/15