Corporate Responsibility

Communities & Charities

Helping customers and colleagues help the charities they care about.

F&F Funding Futures

F&F Funding Fututures

Everyone deserves an education. Education represents a universal motivator and aspiration across all ages and across all areas of life. This is why F&F set up F&F Funding Futures, to help unlock people's potential.

Find out how we are helping 11,455 children read in India with Akshara Foundation.


Find out how we are helping 15 children with special needs and over 100 other children to learn English, IT skills and gain access to further education in Cambodia with Grace House Community Centre.

Our charity clothing ranges

Race For Life

Race For Life

Over the last five years, we have helped raise over £5.5m in stock value for Cancer Research UK. The money has been raised primarily through stock donations and in-store customer clothing recycling. We also donate a percentage of sales from every Race for Life and The Cancer Fighters branded item purchased in store.

Supporting young people

CatZero

F&F is proud to support CatZero by donating formal wear, a charity that works with young people not in education or employment who are not only at risk from significant health and social problems, but are also 70% more likely to experiment with drugs and up to three times more likely to offend. People like G, who, by the time he was 15 had no fixed place to live, had problems with drugs and alcohol and was regularly getting into trouble. G attended CatZero 96% of the time and left the programme with five nationally recognised qualifications. As well as outdoor and team activities both on land and sea, he also excelled in a mock interview wearing a suit, shirt and tie (donated by F&F) for the first time. He wore the same outfit for his college interview and in September 2014 was accepted on to a construction course where he continues to do well.

CatZero

‘You Buy One, We Donate One’ scheme

When we think of providing aid for developing countries, food aid is usually the first thing that comes to mind. School uniforms probably don’t figure highly in most people’s thoughts. However, studies have shown that children who go to school in uniform in the developing world have lower rates of absenteeism and perform better in tests. Since 2009, with the help of our customers, Tesco has donated more than 250,000 school uniforms to children that need them in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as part of our ‘You Buy One, We Donate One’ scheme.

Every time a customer buys an item of school uniform from the You Buy One, We Donate One range, F&F donates an entire school uniform to a child in the same area as where the uniforms are made.

'Buy One, Give One'

Kaissi

Our F&F Essentials team has helped girls in Kaissi School in Uganda by donating F&F underwear. When the girls at this school reach puberty, they are often too embarrassed to attend classes during menstruation and can begin to drop out of school, some as young as nine years old.

Without a full education the girls can drift into very early marriage and pregnancies, rather than growing up into young adults with aspiring ambitions and careers. The girls at the school were thrilled with the donations and we plan to continue to support them this year.

'Buy One, Give One'

Our charity partners

Cancer Research UK

F&F Funding Fututures

Over the last five years, we have helped raise over £5.5m in stock value for Cancer Research UK. The money has been raised primarily through stock donations and in-store customer clothing recycling. We also donate a percentage of sales from every Race for Life and The Cancer Fighters branded item purchased in store.

F&F are extremely proud to work in partnership with Cancer Research UK; the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. To date, this partnership has raised a phenomenal £5.7m in stock value for Cancer Research, helping them bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Below is an outline of the range of the collaborative activity which raises vital funds for life-saving research:

F&F are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and we have worked with Cancer Research UK since 2009 to ensure that our clothing and accessories are put to good use when they can no longer be sold in-store.

In the last five years, we have saved more than 63,000 bags of stock from landfill, and raised more than £4.5m in stock value for Cancer Research UK.

We have also collaborated on a number of clothing appeals over the years; encouraging our customers to clear out their wardrobe for a good cause. To date, our generous customers have raised more than £800,000 in stock value for Cancer Research UK by donating their unwanted clothing in their local Tesco store.

Race for Life

F&F support Race for Life, Cancer Research UK’s flagship event and the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK, by selling a range of branded clothing and accessories across Tesco stores. With a proportion of each sale going directly to the cause, our “race ready” runners and supporters have helped F&F raise more than £67,000 for Cancer Research UK since 2011.

Cancer Fighters

F&F also support individuals making extraordinary fundraising efforts on behalf of Cancer Research UK. This year, we supported The Cancer Fighters; a group of women committed to inspiring those whose lives have been touched by cancer. To coincide with World Cancer Day, a t-shirt designed by The Cancer Fighters was stocked across a number of Tesco stores, with 100% of the profit donated to Cancer Research UK. This amazing fundraising effort raised £10,000 for Cancer Research UK.

FareShare

F&F Funding Fututures

In 2014, our festive #HatWithAHeart range raised over £200,000 for the Trussell Trust and FareShare. This will help support people struggling with food poverty – offering them emergency aid parcels, nutritious hot meals and a range of services to help them get back on their feet.

FareShare ensures that good food is put to good use rather than wasted. Over 1,700 charities benefit from FareShare food. These include breakfast clubs, women’s refuges and luncheon clubs for older people. These charities save on average £13,000 a year, which can be reinvested into other services. Over 82,100 people benefit from FareShare food every day.

In the last year, the food redistributed by FareShare contributed towards more than 13.2 million meals and helped businesses reduce CO2 emissions by 25,200 tonnes.

Trussell Trust

F&F Funding Fututures

In 2014, our festive #HatWithAHeart range raised over £200,000 for the Trussell Trust and FareShare. This will help support people struggling with food poverty – offering them emergency aid parcels, nutritious hot meals and a range of services to help them get back on their feet.

In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children. Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.

The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 420 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.

Newlife

F&F Funding Fututures

For over 6 years we have raised money for Newlife by donating F&F stock. Newlife is the UK's largest charity funder of children's specialist disability equipment. Fact: Thousands of disabled and terminally ill children in UK counties would go without essential equipment if it were not for companies like Tesco supporting Newlife.

Newlife also runs the UK's only national emergency equipment service for terminally ill children. Newlife Nurses support thousands of mums and dads through it's free national Helpline. The charity campaigns for policy change and funds targeted medical research to improve child health.

Bin Your Bra

F&F Funding Fututures

F&F teamed up with Lorraine Kelly and the Against Breast Cancer charity to raise money for breast cancer research. Customers donated their unwanted bras in one of 500 F&F stores which were recycled to raise money to fund essential research into breast cancer vaccines and cures.

F&F customers raised over £3000 for Against Breast Cancer in 2014.

1