Disability at Tesco aims to provide colleagues with the platform and a voice to make real change and show that everyone is welcome at Tesco.
Disability at Tesco was founded to help inspire and enable all colleagues with disabilities in their lives. The network aims to provide colleagues with the platform and a voice to make real change and show that everyone is welcome at Tesco. The focus is not only on supporting colleagues and developing talent, but also supporting the business to be a proud ‘disability confident’ employer.
• Every decision we make at Tesco should consider those with a disability - whether a colleague or customer
• Colleagues: at each stage of the colleague lifecycle there should be clear support for colleagues with a disability
• Customer: continue the changes to meet the needs of customers with a disability
As one of the UK’s largest retailers we’re committed to supporting all our customers, including around 12 million people in the UK currently living with a disability – some visible, and some hidden.
To help us make each shopping trip a little easier, the Sunflower Lanyard initiative has been rolled out to all of our UK stores – helping customers with hidden disabilities to signal that they may need some assistance, and providing colleagues with extra confidence in offering help.
We’ve trialed the lanyard in selected stores and have seen how these small gestures really can make a huge difference to the shopping experience.
We’ve signed up to the Valuable 500 commitment, a global movement helping to put disability inclusion onto the business leadership agenda. It is really important that everyone feels welcome at Tesco, whether they are shopping or working with us. It is something that has been on our business agenda for some time now and as part of the Valuable 500, we will be sharing our commitment to continue making Tesco a more accessible place for everyone.
As part of our COVID-19 response, we introduced a simpler recruitment approach for temporary colleagues which encouraged and supported people with disabilities to apply for a role in Tesco. A temporary colleague explained that she was initially apprehensive about applying for a GHS online vacancy due to her autism and praised GHS Online Manager Carl for getting things right.
“From the first phone call, he enabled me to ask for what I needed in order to do the job to the best of my ability and trusted that I knew myself well enough to know what I could do.” This proves what a tremendous impact good leadership, belief and support can have on colleagues with disabilities.
"I hope that I can leave a legacy in Tesco that will help make a difference to some people that need a little more help and support in life."
“Tesco have given me the support and confidence I need to enable me to work in a team who understand and support me through the good times as well as the bad.”