Tesco has been named on The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2021

Natasha Adams
Chief People Officer

I’m incredibly proud that Tesco has been named one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, recognising our collective efforts in working towards gender equality.

This is a fantastic achievement for Tesco and our colleagues, and celebrates both our continued efforts and the progress we have made over the past 12 months, which includes:

  • Our clear aim of achieving an inclusive workplace, and gender balance across every level of our business. We published our latest gender pay gap data in February, which shows that our pay gap decreased for the second year in a row.
  • Our work so far on data monitoring and measurement, including the launch of our ‘This is Me’ survey to help us better understand the diversity of our colleagues.

  • Our commitment to gender balanced shortlists for recruitment at senior level, and our work in helping to develop the next generation of talent through programmes and partnerships such as Movement to Work; the Prince’s Trust; and our own graduate and internships programmes.

  • Supporting colleagues with opportunities to get on, such as our Own Your Career development programme - with one of our cohorts specifically targeted at female colleagues – and cross industry networking through the Diversity in Grocery initiative.

  • Family-friendly policies for colleagues beyond statutory requirements – such as the enhancement of our maternity pay offering, and our shared parental leave policy, ensuring all colleagues feel supported to start or grow their family, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

  • Our external commitments to targets set by the 30% Club and Women in Finance Charter.

We know that COVID-19 has heightened gender inequalities across the UK, with job losses and caring responsibilities for children or vulnerable people most predominately impacting women. We’ve worked hard to ensure all our colleagues have felt supported, and in addition to being named on this year’s list, Tesco has also been referenced as a best practice example on ‘supporting people with caring responsibilities’, focusing on our commitment to upholding gender equality throughout the pandemic.

Women at Tesco have told us that they want to feel inspired and empowered to drive their careers forward, and our colleague networks are in place to help offer advice and guidance, throughout their journey with us.

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive at Business in the Community, said: “We look forward to the day when commitment to gender equality is the norm, not the exception. Until then, I hope more employers take note of our ambition on gender equality.”

The work doesn’t stop here. We will continue to ensure Tesco remains a great place to work for everyone, and where colleagues have opportunities to get on, both now and in the future.

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