Supporting Local Communities
We seek to enrich our local communities in a variety of ways. In addition to creating jobs within our own operations, we support hundreds of thousands of livelihoods through our procurement choice. We aim to buy local and to champion social enterprises.
In the last year, our continued investment has been important for many food producers and small businesses. We also look for ways to use our skills and resources to support the local community: donating food, raising money for charities, and supporting groups who are driving positive change.
Choosing small, local and diverse suppliers
We believe in the power of purpose-driven procurement. By sourcing locally, we not only maximise the nutritional value of the food we serve (produce begins to lose nutrients within 24 hours of being harvested), but we also reduce food miles travelled and enhance our ability to trace the ethical provenance and supply chain integrity of ingredients.
As a food business, one of the most powerful ways that we can support our local communities is by providing meals. All around the world, we have formed partnerships with local projects, charities and organisations which pass on our surplus unsold food to the people who need it.
Partnering with others to benefit the community
We offer support to a wide range of organisations that support people in our local communities. Some examples include:
- Helping job seekers build skills and capacity to become job ready in a supportive, practical environment with BusyBeans in Australia
- Funding 250 clean drinking water projects around the world through the Drop4Drop initiative in the UK & Ireland
- Marking National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week in Australia through themed events with indigenous suppliers