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Waitrose provides quicker payments to most vulnerable suppliers

Thursday 23rd April 2020

UK supermarket Waitrose has announced details a number of initiatives it has launched to support its most vulnerable suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As well as supporting British producers and farmers, the supermarket is helping the most vulnerable communities in developing countries that supply food and other products through the Waitrose Foundation.

Some of initiatives from Waitrose include:

Quicker payments to most vulnerable suppliers - Through its membership of the Prompt Payment Code, Waitrose was already committed to paying all of its smallest suppliers within seven days and in addition is supporting the most vulnerable in its supply chain by speeding up payments during this critical time.

Waitrose is continuing its commitment to British farmers, with all of its fresh and frozen beef, chicken, pork, eggs and milk 100% British sourced. Waitrose continues to pay fair prices, work hand in hand with its farmers and support sales of UK produce including promotions across key categories.

The supermarket has also unlocked £200k from the Waitrose Foundation Global Fund to support its overseas farming communities in response to the COVID-19 crisis, focusing on the most vulnerable countries and communities within the supermarkets’ food supply chain. This is projected to aid just over 100,000 workers.

Rupert Thomas, Director of Food & Grocery at Waitrose, commented: “The John Lewis Partnership was founded on the principle that we have a responsibility to others and that we must treat people fairly, which extends to our Partners, customers, suppliers and the communities that we trade with, including those outside of the UK.

“This pandemic poses the greatest humanitarian and economic threat of our generation and, whilst we face many difficult decisions, as a collective industry we must continue to look at ways we can help to protect people and their livelihoods during this unprecedented time. The measures we have put in place are just the start and we will continue to do everything we can to provide support to our suppliers and the people who form part of them, particularly those that are most vulnerable.”

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