Waitrose Foundation launches in Costa Rica

The Waitrose & Partners Foundation aims to improve the lives of those who grow, pick and pack our produce.

In 2018, Costa Rica became the first country outside Africa to join the Waitrose & Partners Foundation, which operates in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, with the aim of expanding the scheme to 12 countries by 2020.

Chestnut Hill Farms, a long-term supplier to Waitrose & Partners, has joined the initiative and will co-invest alongside Waitrose & Partners, in a community fund. Projects are chosen by farm-worker committees – with members who have been elected by their communities.

 

“It’s exciting that more people will benefit from investment in their communities from the Waitrose & Partners Foundation.
Customers will know when they buy our Costa Rican wholehead pineapples that the workers who grow them are benefitting directly.”

Tor Harris, Partner & Head of CSR, Health & Agriculture, Waitrose & Partners

Established in 2005, the Waitrose & Partners Foundation is a partnership between Waitrose & Partners and the suppliers and growers who produce, pick and pack our fresh produce. Over £10 million has been invested in farm workers’ communities, supporting them with initiatives including the introduction of health clinics, maternity units and finance classes.