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We’ll invest in the future of British farming and be the leading retailer for British produce

We support all the fantastic community and charity work that our colleagues organise.

1.2 million meals donated to FareShare

On Saturday we launched our first ever national food drive, the One Million Meal Appeal with our charity partner FareShare. The appeal involved asking customers to add one extra store cupboard item to their shop, which they then put in a trolley behind the checkouts. Following the event, the food was sent to FareShare’s 17 depots across the country before being redistributed to the 700 charities served by FareShare on a daily basis.

By CR & Society team on 29 November 2011

Sainsbury’s and FareShare to run the UK’s biggest ever single-charity food collection

Sainsbury’s was one of the founders of food redistribution charity FareShare, and we have been working with FareShare for almost two decades to help relieve food poverty and tackle food waste in our supply chain.

By CR & Society team on 03 October 2012

Back to school with Gwyn Burr and Teach First

Yesterday I had the chance to accompany Gwyn Burr to Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley, where she spent an hour talking to students about her role as Sainsbury’s Customer Service and Colleague Director, drawing on her professional life to inform their lesson.

By CR & Society team on 15 March 2012

Stephi Brett: Turning surplus food into something very positive

Sainsbury’s has a rich heritage working with food charities, supporting the redistribution of surplus food. FoodCycle’s inspired concept was something Sainsbury’s was keen to back, turning surplus food into something very positive.

By CR & Society team on 07 May 2014

CLOSED: It’s time to nominate your favourite local charity

This week, our local charity scheme re-launches for the fourth year; this means that all of our customers and colleagues have the chance to nominate their favourite local charity, who could then be supported by their local store, depot or support centre, through a year’s worth of fund and awareness raising.

By CR & Society team on 09 May 2012

Robert Music: Knickers to cervical cancer

This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and to mark the occasion Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – the UK’s only cervical cancer charity – to raise funds and awareness for cervical cancer prevention. From 8-14 June, 50p from the sale of every pair of women’s knickers sold in store will go to the charity. Last year the partnership raised a fantastic £46,000 in just seven days. Chief Executive Robert Music tells us why the partnership is so important:

By CR & Society team on 09 June 2014

Stephi Brett: Nominate your Local Charity

Please note: nominations are now closed.

By CR & Society team on 28 May 2014

Nikki Emerson: Becoming paralysed gave me the chance to win medals for my country as an athlete

When Sainsbury's approached me to write a book it definitely came as a surprise! At the time I was training for the 2012 London Paralympic Games but I was by no means a medal hopeful so my first thought was that I wasn't the person they thought I was and they must be looking for one of my teammates.

By CR & Society team on 03 July 2014

7 Tips to cut down on waste and save money

As part of our own #WasteNot week, we celebrated our green initiatives, including our very first store that is powered entirely by rubbish.

By CR & Society team on 29 July 2014

Summer Series Wrap-up

To celebrate a great summer of sport we invited a selection of bloggers to our Summer Series sporting events, which have been held in various locations across the UK in partnership with British Athletics. We did this to give them and their families a chance to experience British Athletics up close and personal, embracing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

By CR & Society team on 08 September 2014

Freedom Foodies Blogger Round Up

Sainsbury’s celebrates 20 years of Freedom Food with the help of eight fantastic bloggers, their recipes and farm visits to showcase why Freedom Food is so important.

By CR & Society team on 26 September 2014

Ashley Banjo: Calling all Superstar Cooks!

People tend to associate me with Diversity and dancing, but what you might not know is that I’m a big fan of cooking and actually have a veggie patch in my back garden.

By CR & Society team on 18 November 2014

Our economic and social impact

Any company with 150,000 colleagues and over 900 stores is always going to make a major economic impact and even more so in tough economic times, when other sources of employment are being stretched or reduced. As a responsible retailer we look to ensure that these impacts are positive and being a good neighbour is central to our local engagement.

By CR & Society team on 03 October 2011

Sarah Ellis: Bringing you the best of British

As part of Sainsbury's 20x20 commitments, we’re proud to support British growers and producers. From having 1,900 different British products in our own-brand range to being the first major supermarket to cultivate and sell British grown fresh figs, we’re committed to offering high quality, home grown products and supporting our farmers through development groups and training.

By CR & Society team on 07 May 2015

Sarah Ellis: To the rescue

Did you know that you can freeze your cheese? Or if you dip ageing carrots in water they’ll perk right up? We have put some great new messages on the walls of our stores so we can help our customers with great little tips like these. And we’re coming #ToTheRescue to help you to stop wasting, and start saving.

By CR & Society team on 22 September 2015

Anya Todd: Celebrating local charities

At Sainsbury’s we’re really proud to be an organisation that makes a positive difference in our community.

By CR & Society team on 18 July 2016

Our Sustainability plan

Our Sustainability Plan shows our journey addressing the challenges and opportunities not only relevant to our business but also to the world.

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Our commitments

Follow our experts as they work to fulfill our 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan and provide their views on the big issues affecting our business.

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Our values

Our values guide us in everything we do - from key decisions to day-today activities.

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