Tesco to seek out armed forces veterans to work in its stores
Tesco has pledged to employ armed forces veterans in its stores after becoming the first supermarket to sign the Ministry of Defences Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.
As part of its commitment, Tesco has said it will seek out former servicemen and women for employment with Tesco and will also help spouses and partners of serving personnel to get jobs at Tesco stores in areas with large armed forces communities.
Other pledges include promoting service with the Reserve Forces to Tesco staff and giving extra special consideration to holiday requests from spouses before, during and after their partner’s deployment.
The supermarket will also continue to stock products like Eggs for Soldiers, exclusive Marston’s beer designed by ex-soldiers and exclusive childrenswear by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the proceeds of which go to Forces charities.
To help boost donations for this year’s Poppy Appeal a special Tesco delivery truck will drive across London to promote information on how to donate, and Tesco will donate £10 to the Royal British Legion for every picture of the truck that is uploaded by members of the public on social media. In addition, over 7,000 Tesco delivery vans will sport specially-designed poppies, and signs on fourteen large Tesco stores in garrison towns will have the ‘o’ decorated with a poppy throughout the Appeal.
Robin Terrell, UK managing director for Tesco, said: “We have a long association with the Armed Forces dating right back to our founder, Jack Cohen. Our servicemen and women make sacrifices every single day, and as the UK’s biggest retailer we want to do everything we can to help them out.
“We have huge numbers of serving and former service personnel working for us, and they bring an enormous number of benefits to our business. We are honoured to be the first supermarket to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, and we will always look to do more for our heroes who regularly put their lives on the line to defend our country.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “It is great to see one of the UK’s major employers recognise the immense benefits that Reservists and former Service personnel can bring to the private sector and I am delighted that they will be our first supermarket that has signed up to the Corporate Covenant.
“Tesco now join over 300 companies that have committed to strengthening their support for our Armed Forces communities, bringing about real change for those that have bravely served their country and their families.”
The Armed Forces Covenant was launched by the Prime Minister last year to encourage businesses and charities to do more to show their support for Armed Forces personnel.
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