Inclusion and diversity

Group of Tesco employees in store

Everyone’s welcome at Tesco. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment where difference is embraced and valued. We want all colleagues to be at their best and we are committed to ensuring that all colleagues have the opportunity to get on – developing the skills they need for now and the future, whoever they are, wherever they work and whatever they do.

Building an inclusive culture where everyone has the opportunity to get on is a key action of our Little Helps Plan. Our second business value, we treat people how they want to be treated, is embedded throughout the business; from recruitment to training and development opportunities, and from reward to retirement.

We not only celebrate diversity, but embrace the value it brings to enable us to serve our customers a little better every day. That’s why everyone is treated fairly and given the opportunity share their experiences in the business.

In order to support our colleagues and to encourage them to share their knowledge, explore career sponsorship, mentoring and networking, we run a number UK Colleague Networks. We have five colleague networks: Out at Tesco (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Intersex +), BAME at Tesco (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic), Women at Tesco, The Armed Forces at Tesco and Disability at Tesco. 

We also work with the young, retired and those who have been in long term unemployment via various external organisations to provide them with the tools and confidence needed to get back into the work place and reach their full potential.

Key highlights:

  • We are committed to supporting our BAME colleagues and ensuring that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels of our business.  In 2019 we signed up to the Race at Work Charter and are working to implement its five calls to action to tackle barriers that ethnic minority people can face in recruitment and progression.
  • Joining together as an industry on Diversity and Inclusion - 7 March 2019
  • Support of Pride across the UK including – London, Brighton, Glasgow and Dublin.
  • We are committed to improving female representation across our business and have made a number of external commitments such as signing the Women in Finance Charter (Tesco Bank) and joining the 30% club in the UK.
  • In January 2018, we pledged support to a set of standards developed by the UN to promote the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

Find out further information in our Inclusion policy.