Focus: Corporate Responsibilities - Side by side - Macmillan Cancer Support and Waitrose.com

Macmillan has received £220,000 from Waitrose.com, the only UK internet service provider to give all its profits to charity. On signing up, Waitrose.com users vote for either Macmillan, the British Heart Foundation, the British Red Cross or the Prince's Trust to decide how donations are shared out.

HENRY SHELFORD, corporate fundraising manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

Why did you choose this partnership?

Waitrose.com was looking for a broad range of charities to benefit from its ISP service. Cancer affects more than one in three people in the UK, so Macmillan was an obvious choice for it.

How do you benefit?

The money raised over the years has helped us to provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support, and to push for better cancer care in the UK.

Did you have any reservations?

None whatsoever.

What are your plans for the partnership?

We are looking forward to working closer together on our respective websites and exploiting joint opportunities between Waitrose.com and the Macmillan website.

FIONA HALL, marketing manager, Waitrose.com

Why did you choose this partnership?

Waitrose.com always tries to make a positive social contribution to the communities it serves. This is set out in our CSR policy. Macmillan is close to the hearts of many of our customers.

How do you benefit?

We benefit because our customers benefit. They get a high-quality internet service with free technical support. And they also know they are helping a worthwhile cause.

Did you have any reservations?

No reservations at all. The John Lewis Partnership, of which Waitrose.com is a part, has a long tradition of supporting good causes.

What are your plans for the partnership?

We plan to carry on our relationship with all of the charities we support with our ISP service.

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