Run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, the supermarket chain’s Bags of Help initiative uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects. No profit is made on the sale of the bags.
The retailer has now donated over £43 million to fund causes across England, Scotland and Wales through the scheme, which began in 2015.
Tesco customers vote in-store for their preferred local project, using a blue token given to them at the checkout. Every two months, Tesco hands out grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000, in each of its 565 regions.
Tesco ceo UK & ROI Matt Davies said: “We’re incredibly proud to be part of the communities we serve. As Bags of Help is funded by the sale of carrier bags, it’s only right that our customers decide which local projects to fund.
“I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve now donated £43 million to support 10,000 good causes – from restoring scout huts to buying kids’ football kits. This is a huge achievement and it’s fantastic to see Bags of Help making a big difference to local communities across the country.”
Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, said: “We’re delighted that Bags of Help has reached this impressive milestone. Since the initiative started we’ve seen some amazing projects come to fruition, and it’s exciting to know that this positive impact can continue. We look forward to seeing even more local communities apply for grants, and creating innovative projects that help local people and places.”