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THE FOUR FOCUS AREAS OF THE WAITROSE FOUNDATION

The Foundation has a broad rural social development focus but gives preference to sustainable initiatives with direct impact on the mission, vision and objectives of the Foundation.

Health & Well-being

THE FOUR FOCUS AREAS OF THE WAITROSE FOUNDATION

The Foundation has a broad rural social development focus but gives preference to sustainable initiatives with direct impact on the mission, vision and objectives of the Foundation.

Economic Empowerment

THE FOUR FOCUS AREAS OF THE WAITROSE FOUNDATION

The Foundation has a broad rural social development focus but gives preference to sustainable initiatives with direct impact on the mission, vision and objectives of the Foundation.

Environment

THE FOUR FOCUS AREAS OF THE WAITROSE FOUNDATION

The Foundation has a broad rural social development focus but gives preference to sustainable initiatives with direct impact on the mission, vision and objectives of the Foundation.

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Golden Opportunity for Employers to address Unemployment amongst Youth at zero cost!


Waitrose Foundation - SA partnered with DigiCentral (www.digicentral.co.za) to make a unique opportunity available to Foundation Growers and Exporters: addressing the pressing issue of unemployment in our society at neutral financial effect. It offers an opportunity to farm owners and companies to identify and nominate unemployed youth on their farms or in their communities to register with DigiCampus for entrepreneurial training and support to establish their own business ventures.

Video recordings of a live on-line event to introduce this opportunity to Waitrose Foundation-SA partners, presented on Wednesday 27 October 2021, is available at:

https://tv.digicentral.co.za/digicentral-tv ...

These videos cover most of the essential information, but in summary:

  1. DigiCentral offers an online (smartphone or PC) programme in Entrepreneurship for unemployed youth.
  2. The programme includes a monthly stipend while they study which includes 30 Gigs Data, the online training itself and built in practical experience. Mentoring is also provided to the youth in establishing their own sustainable small businesses in their communities.
  3. The unemployed youth can be nominated by yourself from your own farm or company, or from your local community or district, or can be selected from a long waiting list at DigiCentral if you want to make a contribution but do not have unemployed youth in your own ambit.
  4. As an employer you will provide the monthly stipend per student you support (as bridging finance) – and the full amount (neutral effect) will be recovered by the end of the financial year from SARS. DigiCentral will assist with this contract and will assist you in calculating the amount you could spend on students to fully utilise the full tax-benefit they have accessed for this programme. (Coca-Cola is supporting 1 800 students, De Villiers Graaff 10, but supporting only 1 student is also an option).
  5. The Waitrose Foundation does not subvent this initiative financially – it is purely an opportunity we offer to our partners who may be interested in addressing the issue of unemployment in their own business or in the broader society while utilising the tax benefits optimally.
  6. DigiCentral administers the financial process and the Foundation merely provides support in making the opportunity available.
  7. Please contact Nadine and her colleagues at nadine.blom@digicentral.co.za should you need any further information. They will provide all financial detail and are willing to visit you to discuss your specific questions and situation personally.
  8. Should you, after meeting with DigiCentral, be really interested in addressing this issue but realise your tax position does not allow for this particular initiative, please contact the Foundation office directly. We are presenting programmes for unemployed women and youth as well, although not nearly as focused as this particular initiative by DigiCentral. In selected cases we might also be able to assist you in using your annual WF-SA allocation to participate in the programme.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Waitrose Foundation office should you need more information after watching the video of the Wednesday-event.

Non-Waitrose Foundation affiliated employers in South Africa are also welcome to contact DigiCentral (marketing@digicentral.co.za) directly if they would like to learn more about this initiative.

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History

Waitrose Waitrose Limited retail supermarket in the UK sources fresh produce for its retail stores in the United Kingdom from inter alia South Africa, Kenya and Ghana in Africa. The socio-economic and socio-political environment in which producers of agricultural products operate in these countries are, like most other African countries, not conducive to real economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for workers and their families. The deep rural areas often are scarcely resourced and economically disempowered.

Waitrose and its supply partners in 2005 resolved to secure the sustainability of the supply chain through an investment in the socio-economic development of the communities at the very root of the supply process – the farm workers and their families.

The Waitrose Foundation (Southern Africa) (WF (SA)) subsequently opened its doors in 2006 in Simondium, Paarl as a partnership initiative between UK-based Waitrose and its supply partners. Joining Waitrose as founding partners were Green Marketing International, Poupart and Gordon Fairbrother with 6 citrus growers as the first Grower-members of WF (SA). Namibian Growers later in 2013 also joined WF (SA).

Today the Waitrose Foundation (SA) are supported by Waitrose, 6 Importers, 29 Exporters and 59 Growers producing wine, citrus, grapes, avocados, stone fruit, soft fruit, cherries, dates and top fruit on 322 different farms across Southern Africa.

Mission

The Waitrose Foundation (SA) endeavours to improve the standards of living of farm workers employed by Waitrose’s Grower supply partners in Southern Africa.

Our Vision is to achieve:

  • Better livelihoods for employees and their families;
  • Thriving, self-sustaining rural and farming communities;
  • Sustainability in the supply chain to Waitrose.

To achieve this Vision, the WF (SA) strives to:

  • Introduce an integrated, holistic approach to socio-economic development in a quest to achieve effective farm operations that underpins a sustainable supply chain.
  • Engage and empower workers to accept shared responsibility for:
    • socio-economic development in their communities;
    • establishment of a sustainable supply chain for the benefit of all involved
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