Causes We Care About
Greggs has a proud reputation of giving back. Since John Gregg founded the business in 1939, we have always tried to do the right thing and support our communities. These family values are at the heart of our culture.
We are proud of the work we do to support a number of charities which our people and customers feel passionate about, including the Greggs Foundation, BBC Children in Need, North of England Children's Cancer Research charity, The Disasters Emergency Committee and The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal to name but a few.
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne and closely associated with Greggs plc., Greggs Foundation is a grant-making charity which aims to build stronger, healthier communities in the areas where Greggs' operates.
Each year we donate at least one per cent of profits to the Greggs Foundation and this, along with support from our staff and partners, has enabled the charity to invest over £3 million in 2020 in a wide range of initiatives that improve the quality of life in our local communities.
These included the award-winning Greggs Breakfast Club programme which, with support from more than 100 partners, now provides over seven million free wholesome breakfasts each year to children in over 600 primary schools.
Learn more about the Greggs Foundation and all the great work they are doing to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
BBC Children in Need
Greggs and BBC Children in Need celebrate their 15th year of partnership in 2021. In that time, we have raised over £10.6 million for the charity - something we are really proud of.
Our colleagues get behind BBC Children in Need each and every year. With a whole host of weird and wonderful activities to raise money, whilst having plenty of fun along the way.
As well as this, in the run up to Appeal Night, our customers get the chance to sink their teeth into Pudsey and Blush ring buns, Pudsey shortbread and Blush gingerbread. There couldn’t be a tastier way to fundraise! Pudsey pin badges, ears and wristbands are also on sale, because we know you like to look the part…
North of England Children's Cancer Research charity
We are proud supporters of the North of England Children's Cancer Research charity and are the main sponsor of its annual Children's Cancer Run. To date, the run has raised over £30 million to fund research into improving recovery rates of children with cancer.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
When major disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently, enabling our member charities to rapidly scale up their operations on the ground. We have worked with DEC for a number of years, supporting its urgent appeals through in-shop fundraising, helping to raise funds for essential food, water and medical treatment. Through the generosity of our customers and colleagues, we have raised a total of £345,000.
The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal
Greggs are proud supporters of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and have been for a number of years. With the help of our customers, we raise vital funds through our in-shop collections. With over 2,000 shops nationwide, we have made the commitment to be placed on the national list issued by the Royal British Legion to help volunteers organise collections in their area.
Volunteering with causes that are close to our hearts
And, we don’t just fundraise! Every year, we provide a day for each of our management team to volunteer with a charity or community group. We know our people have some fantastic skills and we want others to be able to benefit from them. And of course, we learn lots too!
Putting an end to food waste
Our customers love our just-baked savouries and the sandwiches we make from bread baked that day, but our ‘daily-fresh’ approach presents us with a challenge: we have to bake enough so no-one’s disappointed, but anything leftover becomes waste.
We’ve worked hard to reduce waste at every stage of the process, from our manufacturing sites to our retail forecasting and ordering system. Any unsold food left at the end of the day is offered to charities that can pass it on to people in the local community who need it. By the end of 2019, we had 1,700 organisations regularly collecting unsold food from us.
By 2025, we hope to be providing one million meals for people in need every year. However, our ultimate vision is for every unsold perishable food item to be spared from the bin.
If you are a good cause which would like to be considered for our food donation programme, please visit the dedicated page on our Foundation website to find out more.
Find out more about our policy on a number of key topics