Stephen Meyer on secondment at the Butterfly Garden

Our Communities

Contributing to the wellbeing of our communities was written into our Constitution by our founder.  It remains a priority for us today.  We believe that the most meaningful way we can do this is by understanding communities’ needs and drawing on our strengths to make a lasting difference.

We encourage decision making at a local level – supporting Partners to invest their time, skills, resources and expertise to communities where they live and work.  At the same time we run centralised programmes that support our brand activity and motivate Partners and others to get involved.  Our community investment programmes are designed around three themes – Empowerment and Livelihoods; Health and Wellness and Environment.


Emma Blaikie winning employee volunteer of the year

'I got so much more out of it than I ever thought I would. I grew in confidence and my efforts were recognised.'

Emma Blaikie,
Winner of the Scottish Business in the Community Employee Volunteer of the Year 2015

See Empowerment and Livelihoods for more detail about our Golden Jubilee Trust Scheme.



Highlights 2015/16

  • Invested £12,225,309* in our communities, equivalent to 4%* of pre-tax profits
  • The Waitrose Foundation launched a first-of-its kind partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation
  • Over 3,000 schools, nurseries and children’s groups registered with John Lewis’s flagship educational programme – Bringing Skills to Life
  • Waitrose continued in its efforts to drive down isolation at Christmas


Our Priority

  • Identifying social return on investment so that we can build on where we make a real difference

Giving category £*
Total cash 10,126,820
Value of time 688,089
Value of in-kind contributions 760,087
Value of management costs 650,314
Total 12,225,309

*We engaged KPMG LLP to undertake an independent limited assurance engagement, reporting to the Partnership, over selected information