Building sustainable communities
Passion for local life
With a network of local food entrepreneurs in every town and village across the island of Ireland, we want to harness their creative energy to make every community a vibrant one for generations to come. We know that despite the changes communities need to make, Ireland has an enduring passion for local life and that our retail partners play a big part in bringing people together.
- Working with our retail partners, we will improve the prosperity and vibrancy of communities across the island of Ireland
- By 2020 we will increase our support for local suppliers by 25%
- We will continue to grow the award winning Tidy Towns programme, enhancing local and built environments across Ireland
- We will foster inclusive, diverse and healthy workplaces that encourage, challenge, support and respect colleagues; helping them to grow and develop
- By 2020 we will support Musgrave colleagues to complete 10,000 hours of community volunteering annually
- We will work with Business in the Community to embed sustainable business practices in Irish SMEs
Collaboration makes communities
We are committed to working in partnership with others, to lead and support initiatives that will prevent social isolation and keep local communities alive. We are a family business with family values, the same values that bind communities and cement relations. To create vibrant communities with a sense of social cohesion, we need to consider their social, environmental and economic need. By leveraging our network of retailers, suppliers and food entrepreneurs, we can deliver initiatives that actively improve the everyday lives of people in villages, towns and cities across Ireland.
The Musgrave Triathlon has been running for over 15 years and has raised over €4,000,000 thanks to the participation and support of our retail partners, suppliers and colleagues. The Musgrave Triathlon has helped many charities including, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Irish Autism Action, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer Programme.
As a single force for good, each store supports the livelihoods of many other local families through sustainable, local employment. Together with our retail partners we employ almost 40,000 people across Ireland. If we multiply this by the thousands of people across our broader network – from producer to consumer – we can start to see the vast resource we have to prevent social isolation and build local economies.
Our long-term commitment to independent businesses and communities helps create the local multiplier effect. For every €1 spent in a local business, 45 cents are reinvested locally. For every €1 spent at a corporate chain, only 15 cents are reinvested locally.
Business in the Community
As a member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), our participation in the annual BITCI Business Impact Map enables us to quantify our impacts on local communities across Ireland. The mapping exercise allows us to record the range and spread of the many community activities Musgrave supports directly or through the work of our employees.
The Business in the Community Ireland Business Impact map allows us to communicate what we are doing, and also helps us to identify where we can do more to achieve a positive network for change.
Communications Director, Musgrave