We all love to receive Christmas cards from friends, colleagues and loved ones – but come January many of us are left wondering what to do with them. That’s where we come in.
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of accompanying Comic Relief to India to see how the money we raise for the charity is spent. Since our partnership began in 1999, Sainsbury’s has raised over £100m for Comic Relief, and whilst I’ve been looking after our fundraising efforts for the last three years, seeing the projects they fund for the first time and meeting some of the people we have helped was an eye-opening experience. It made me feel even more proud of our colleagues and customers for raising so much money every year.
At Sainsbury’s we’re proud to Make a Positive Difference to our Communities. Our Local Charity of the Year programme, our Food Donation Partnerships and encouraging our colleagues to be actively involved in the communities in which we live and work are all a crucial part of making this happen. Our new Brand Walls, which you’ll be able to see going up in store this week, outline some of our targets and achievements around supporting our local charities and communities across the country – as well as giving a big thanks to our colleagues and customers for their ongoing support.
With the mince pies, mistletoe and all the festive fun, it’s unlikely that many of us will turn our thoughts to our drains this Christmas. But, thanks to all our festive feasts, the month of December will see UK households pour around 500 tonnes of fat down our sinks. That’s 25% more than at any other time of the year.
Consumers care about where the products they buy come from and they put their trust in us to do the right thing on their behalf. This is why sourcing with integrity is key to our work with farmers, growers and suppliers in the UK and around the world.
As Head of Food Safety at Sainsbury's, the most important part of my job is to ensure that our food meets the highest standards of safety. It goes without saying that as one of Britain’s leading retailers, our customers' health and safety is of paramount importance to us.
As you walk through Sainsbury’s supermarket aisles you might be surprised to find that some of our products – including asparagus, peas, beans and grapes – come from one of the world’s oldest, driest deserts in southern Peru.
Our Sustainability Plan and our values underpin all the work we undertake at Sainsbury’s. That’s why we’re proud of our long history in sustainable sourcing, and of our position as the UK’s leading retailer of sustainable fish. We’ve led the retail sector in respect to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certifications for last six years, while consistently being voted their ‘Supermarket of the Year’ since 2014.
One of the values at the heart of our business is to make a positive difference in the communities we serve. We bring this to life in a number of ways, such as through supporting local charities with fundraising and in-store awareness-raising activities, working with the Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland on their annual Poppy Appeal, and raising vital money for Comic Relief.
We want to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop. So we were delighted to be announced as a winner of the Business Disability Forum’s Disability-smart Awards this week at the ceremony in London – the second consecutive year that we have won.