New programme in Scotland

Asda puts bag charge into ethical trading

Asda Allan Miller Alastair DavisAsda has teamed up with Social Investment Scotland (SIS) to spend money raised from the carrier bag charge on increasing the number of ethical products on supermarket shelves.

Funded through the £750,000 proceeds, SIS will help run a unique programme – the Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy – to help up to eight social enterprises improve their understanding of supermarket retail and refine their commercial and marketing skills.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, said: “This is an exciting new development for social enterprises in Scotland, the first of its kind, and one which will help the expansion and development of the sector. I commend Asda and Social Investment Scotland for their foresight and work on this important initiative.”

Allan Miller, Asda’s senior director for Scotland, said: “At Asda we take great pride in supporting the communities we serve. Our partnership with SIS represents an exciting move beyond traditional grant-making programmes, providing tangible benefits for people across Scotland.

“Investing in social entrepreneurs is an innovative way for Asda to ensure that our customers’ money, raised through the carrier bag charge, is continually reinvested in communities and delivers long-term positive benefits for Scotland.”

Nick Kuenssberg, chairman, Social Investment Scotland, said: “This current and future undertaking by Asda is a truly significant move. The potential to roll this programme out in England and Wales represents a major development in the size and scope of Social Investment Scotland’s ambition.”

Alastair Davis, chief executive, Social Investment Scotland, said: “Asda’s commitment to investing in Scotland’s social entrepreneurs is a huge milestone in the development of the social enterprise sector.”

 Photo: Allan Miller and Alastair Davis

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