Time For Tesco To Offer Every Little Help To Communities – Noone
Senator Catherine Noone today said that it’s “time for multinational companies to begin contributing to our local communities in a more holistic, useful way”. Speaking on this in the Seanad, Senator Noone said: “Multinational companies should be contributing to sporting and voluntary enterprises in communities in a real way. I believe that organisations such as Tesco, and other multinationals, are not pulling their weight in this respect, and that they need to start doing more in order to serve the communities that they inhabit a little bit better than they do right now”.
Senator Noone added: “Tesco has facilitated the raising of almost €15m to date since 2001 through its Charity of the Year initiative, but clearly they could be doing better. While this is laudable, the amount of money contributed by Tesco itself is unclear, rather the money is raised by charities being allowed to collect from customers in store during their stint as “Charity of the Year”. Moreover, the amount of money being contributed to local – as opposed to national – initiatives in the communities which are served by Tesco appears negligible, and isn’t published”.
Senator Noone concluded: “I really feel that many multinational employers could be doing more to facilitate positive community initiatives and more to contribute to the communities which they are based in. They get a great deal out of Ireland, and now it’s time they put a great deal back”.