Every Little Help Makes a Big Difference

As a big company operating all over the world, we have a huge presence in many communities. We want this presence to be as positive as possible, and we want to use our scale for good.  Many of the most important social and environmental issues can only be solved if businesses like us work alongside communities, governments, experts and charitable organisations to try and solve them.

We want to be a leader in how we approach these challenges, not just because they are relevant, but because there is value in doing so.

That is why we have set out on a journey to tackle three long-term challenges which are relevant to us as a global retailer and which matter massively to society as well.

These challenges are represented in our three big ambitions:

  • Leading in the global fight against food waste
  • Helping customers and colleagues live healthier lives
  • Creating opportunities for millions of young people

We have made great progress in these areas already- our partnership with FoodCloud has seen more than 400,000 meals being donated to those in need. We launched ‘Staying Down’ prices, which included many fresh fruit and veg lines to make healthy eating easier and cheaper, and we recently encouraged all our colleagues to take part in our ‘Operation Transformation’ campaign. Our ‘Positive to Work’ scheme has been a huge success and has allowed young people across the country to gain valuable work experience and has increased hugely their chances of gaining employment. We also started to sell a range of ‘Wonky Veg’- carrots and mushrooms that were imperfect shapes and sizes, that would normally be thrown away. Watch our ad below!

These issues also matter to the future of Tesco, and by implementing them we are helping ourselves be the best we can be for the times to come. For example:

  • Reducing food waste helps to address the long-term concern about food security as well as helping to make us more efficient
  • Health and obesity are issues that our customers really care about and are driving demand for healthy products
  • Attracting and retaining people with the right skills is important for developing a pipeline of future talent – young people are our customers and colleagues of the future.

At the same time as taking on these challenges, we continue to strengthen the work we do around our essential commitments – those areas of responsibility which are fundamental to the way we do business every day, such as:

  • trading responsibly
  • reducing our impact on the environment
  • being a great employer
  • Supporting local communities.

By using our scale for good, we can benefit those around us greatly and help build a great future for Tesco.



Improving health is one of the world’s biggest – and ever growing – challenges. Here at Tesco, we want to develop strategies which improve health for the long term. As one of the world’s largest food providers we can play a major role in addressing this problem. We can provide customers and wider society with the information and choices they need to make it easier to live healthier lives.

Health is an increasingly emotional issue for our customers – two thirds worry about their own health or that of their family, and food dominates customers’ thoughts and feelings around how healthy their lifestyles are.  We want to make sure that we do all we can to help them make informed decisions about the food they buy.

We are developing plans to leverage Tesco’s role as a retailer to help colleagues and customers lead healthier lives. Specifically, we are looking at ways to promote healthier choices and nutrition to children aged 5-12. We believe that by focussing on these we can encourage the next generation to make healthy choices, and take control of their own well-being.

Tesco Ireland removes sweets and chocolates from all checkouts    


As part of our initiative to support a healthier Ireland, we announced plans last year to remove sweets and chocolates from all checkouts across the country. The change was fully implemented at the end of 2014 across all our stores.  We are the only retailer in Ireland to commit to having all checkouts sweet free!

We are committed to using our scale for good to help customers make healthier choices.  Removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts is part of a much wider on going effort from Tesco.  We are committed to helping customers lead healthier lives by making the food on shelves healthier and reducing calories across soft drink ranges, sandwiches and ready meals


Opportunities For Young People


In line with our core value of Using Our Scale for Good we are currently providing Opportunities for Young through the Tesco Positive 2 Work Programme. The programme sees young unemployed people participating in a six week store based programme, which sees them gain invaluable work experience and certified retail skills.

The programme, which is based entirely in our stores, consists of the participants completing four FETAC Level 4 Retail Skills Modules in Customer Service, Workplace Safety, Retail Selling Skills and Work Experience. In addition they are trained in the same manner as any new colleague and undertake the full range of customer assistant tasks during the work experience element of the programme.

The programme is typically based in a larger store where they receive their initial store based training and where they also undergo the FETAC training under the guidance of a local ETB adult education tutor. Once the store based training is complete the participants undertake their work experience in the hub store or one of a number of satellite stores as close as possible to where they live.

The programme has been run on ten occasions in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Limerick to date and has received extremely positive feedback from the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, from all of the stores involved to date and most importantly from the participants themselves. Over 40% of those involved in the programme have either secured employment or have progressed to a fulltime training/education programme.


Positive To Work

Participants also highlighted the fact that they have gained significant confidence and renewed self-esteem as a result of being involved in the programme. They were also extremely complimentary of all of the colleagues that they have interacted with and commented on how welcoming all Tesco colleagues have been and what a pleasant atmosphere they encountered in store. It is a real compliment to all colleagues involved that they were marked out by these young people for living the values and showing Tesco at its best. Our colleagues also commented that they really enjoyed the opportunity of working with the young people and doing something tangible for people from their local areas.

In 2015 we will run the programme in the same locations as this year and also look to deliver it in a number of single store locations around the country.

Photos from Waterford showing colleagues from Polberry, Ardkeen, Lisduggan, Ballybeg and Tramore with participants; Cork showing colleagues from Wilton, Mahon Point, Douglas and Paul Street with participants; Limerick showing colleagues from Dooradoyle, Arthurs Quay, Roxboro and Coonagh; Dublin showing colleagues from Cabra, Parnell, Jervis, Temple Bar, Prussia St, Baggot St Upr & Lwr, Tallaght, Clondalkin, Dundrum, Nutgrove, Crumlin Metro & Express, Dolphins Barn, Rathmines, Thomas Street and Donabate DC.



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Helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed

The Tesco Youth Academy is a free and fun programme, helping young people develop key skills for life and work through interactive workshops and online learning.  Designed for 14-21 year olds this programme teaches young people skills that will prepare them for the world of work, whatever career they are interested in pursuing.  Follow the links below to access free workshop materials and online activities.


Hello Colleagues

At Tesco, we’ve supported our 500,000 colleagues world wide to build skills for a huge range of roles, from apple buyers to app developers. We now want to share that experience with young people in our communities to help them gain the skills and confidence to succeed, no matter what career they wish to pursue.

We have developed a really exciting learning programme, based on our core skills and leadership training, which we believe every young person should have access to before they start their working life.

You can help right now by promoting Tesco Youth Academy in your community.  Let your local school, youth group or any young person (aged 14-21 yrs) know about the materials available on line and are free to use.