Following a survey which shows almost 70%*of people in the UK don't do any type of volunteering at all, Waitrose has launched a Partner Volunteering scheme.
The scheme which will see all 277 of its branches donate 250 hours (100 for convenience stores) of employees' time to local charities and good causes each year, meaning a total of 75,000 hours will be donated across the branches.
It has been designed to enable Waitrose Partners (as all employees are known) to take time out of their day-to-day job roles to give back to their local community.
The supermarket hopes it will also provide Partners with the opportunity to develop new skills which they can apply within their own working or personal lives.
Kevin Garrett, community projects at Waitrose, said: "We've always aimed to be part of the community we serve, not just by the way we interact with our customers daily, but through schemes like Community Matters, which give something tangible to those who need it most - and this week we take this commitment one step further with the launch of Partner Volunteering."
- General Mills receives Global Citizenship recognition 27 FEB 2012 | CSR
- Safeway contributes to one million volunteer hours in 2011 23 JAN 2012 | Retail