One of our most important Values is to treat people how we like to be treated. We try to achieve this by being a good employer and by playing our part in local communities.
People tell us that they want us to use our size and success to be a force for good. We accept this challenge with enthusiasm and commitment.
Tesco, and supermarkets in general, are sometimes criticised as being too big or too remote. But by growing, learning and applying what we have learned to running our shops better, we are able to reduce prices, provide thousands of new jobs, and help our suppliers by providing a growing market. Our size can also be a great help when thousands of people pull together for a great cause that they believe in – our Charity of the Year.
Tesco has been a member of Business in the Community’s Per Cent Club for over 15 years. We give at least 1% of our pre-tax profits to charity in the form of donations, employee time and gifts in kind. This year, the total value of our charitable contribution was £21,762,931.
Tesco is the UK’s largest private-sector employer and provides the best overall benefits package in the industry, including popular profit share and save as you earn schemes.
We aim to appeal across the social and economic range, and are pleased that the profile of our customers reflects this.
Our customers tell us that eating healthily needs to be easier, and that they need better and simpler information to enable them to eat a balanced diet. Publication of the UK Government’s Public Health White Paper, and campaigns by the UK Food Standards Agency, have also helped these issues figure prominently.