Our small step towards supporting the nation during these unprecedented times
Aiming to support with clean drinking water for 600+ families
To enhance the learning opportunities for the underprivileged.
A fund raising campaign with GiveIndia to support the daily wagers
We at Tesco consider this a core value around which we base our operations. It drives what we do every day for our colleagues around the world, in the thousands of communities where we operate, and for the millions of customers we serve.
Our company initiated the “Little Helps Plan” to embark on a journey towards self-sustenance in the environment that matters the most to our customers, colleagues and communities. The plan’s main objective is to make a positive difference in society.
TESCO believes that future of our business depends not only on the decisions and actions we take, but also on the world around us and our ability to adapt. As the UK’s largest retailer, we play our part to help tackle some of the biggest social and environmental challenges facing the word today. Every little help makes a big difference is the Tesco value that underpins our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It helps deliver our purpose of serving shoppers a little better every day while also acting as a responsible business for our stakeholders and our communities.
“Enable communities with knowledge, expertise and resources that empower them to lead a quality life”
In pursuit, TESCO Bengaluru’s CSR program utilizes its expertise, knowledge, resources and network to create long term shared value for community it serves in areas of Food, Education and Disaster Response; focussed primarily on underserved, socially and economically backward groups, especially, women, youth, elderly and children.
From these three pillars of the Little Helps Plan, we arrived at areas where our responsible community initiatives mattered:
All efforts at TESCO Bengaluru are aligned to complement the following 4 Sustainable Development Goals, in accordance with law of the land, organization’s core competencies and vision:
Key Driving Principles
TESCO identifies Food, Education and Disaster Response as key focus area, driving principles of which are summarized below:
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Tesco Bengaluru colleagues total volunteered hours.
Clean water and proper sanitary conditions are primary elements for a hygienic environment. Tesco Bengaluru ensures utmost focus on these elements in areas around our campus
Intending to provide clean and safe drinking water to the communities we serve, we have tied up with Waterlife Foundation to provide the panchayats around Whitefield with drinking water unit.
We have set up two water plants in the nearby panchayats – Naganayakana Kote and Koraluru. We inaugurated our First plant in February 2018 and second plant in June 2019. We will be setting up one more water unit this year.
Naganayakana kote plant has seen consumption of over 3.11 lakh litres in one year. On the other hand, Koraluru plant has shown consumption of ~ 1-lakh litres.
Tesco Bengaluru, in association with Saahas Zero Waste, ensured that landfills near our campus were reduced. This year, we avoided sending 95 tonnes of wet waste and 69 tonnes of dry waste to landfills. We composted food waste in our campus and share the compost with our sustainability partner Saahas to produce renewable energy like biogas at their plant. Dry waste is sorted into 18 categories that later reach the recyclers that produce products for everyday use like the notepads we use in our office.
Wet Waste Recycled (Tons)
Dry Waste Recycled (Tons)
Education is a very critical theme for Tesco. We at TESCO believe that access to education is very one’s right. TESCO focuses on Children, Women and Youth to have a lasting impact on their lives.
In recent days, STEM education has gained prominence. A sound STEM education has multi layered impact on a child’s future. TESCO focuses on providing STEM education to government school children in Bangalore
Our educational initiatives ensure that the youth of the nation gain the right skills through vocational training. We aim at employability and skill training.
With an objective to train unemployed youth and to make them job-ready, we collaborated with Unnati.
We have trained and placed 2193 youth since the beginning of the programme. This year we have a plan to train and place 1000 youth.
These youth were placed in companies like First source, retail stores, Star Bazaar, Fab India, Shoppers Stop, Westside, Girias, Vertex and many more with an average salary of INR 15,000 – INR 18,000.
To enhance skilling and technical education capacity, Tesco in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation and NIIT focus on providing employability linked training to the underprivileged youth and women. To facilitate the training, we had set up Career Development Centre (CDC) in 2019, to bring in Digital & Financial Literacy, Basic IT, BPO, Data Entry, Retail Operation, Job readiness, Spoken English, Personality Development and make the ' 'learner's job ready.
We had 143 learners in the first batch out of which 75% learners were placed in companies like Royal Enfield, Fast track, Team lease, Jubilant Food, Jindal steels, Habitus, NIIT, CMS IT Services, Daily Ninja delivery and Pousse management, with an average salary of 11,000/- per month.
This year, the programme will be implemented by UNNATI and will transform the CDC into an exclusive centre for women, which will focus on short- and long-term courses.
With the belief that education must be brought back into the hands of the people, and therefore Project DEFY envisioned a self-designed education for all, which is accessible, equitable and localised. We like the concept of self-learning. In collaboration with the NASSCOM Foundation and Project DEFY we aim to challenge conventional mainstream education by enabling communities to create their own self-learning spaces called Nooks.
Our training centre is in Bomanahalli, but due to the pandemic, this program has been converted to an online training program. This new mode of program implementation required:
Mayank hails from a lower-middle-class family in Bharatpur district, Rajasthan. His parents are daily wage laborers under the NREGA scheme of the Indian Govt. Besides this, their secondary income is generated by rearing a cow and a buffalo. The family of six, which includes Mayank’s parents, a younger brother, and grandparents highly rely on the little money earned by selling the milk to a local vendor. Born in such feeble conditions with poor educational backgrounds of parents, Mayank very well knew the difficulties and struggles of underprivileged children in attaining a good education. With a deep desire to bring his family out of the circle of poverty and also help society, Mayank kept working hard to achieve his dream. With a high score of 93.67%, Mayank topped his school in class 10th.
He secured 81.6 % in class 12th and later started preparing for JEE Mains, scoring a high percentile of 97.11, and got selected in the prestigious, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. To pay Mayank’s admission fee, his parents took debt from relatives and lend some money by putting their house at collateral, as earnings were not enough to run the whole family. Meanwhile, Mayank without losing hope kept looking for a scholarship to support his dreams. Mayank’s college administration informed him about the FFE scholarship and asked him to apply for it. Much deserving of the aid, his application was approved after thorough verification by the FFE team. Mayank is one of the 100 scholars who got selected by the TESCO Bengaluru Private Limited., for the scholarship program. “I am extremely thankful and consider myself blessed having been chosen for this prestigious scholarship. If it were not for this scholarship, I would have never been able to pursue my dream.” says an emotional Mayank, who aims to end his family’s ordeal and give back to society by providing scholarships to those who can’t afford it once he starts earning.
Students per day
Graduated Students in 2018-2019
Food for a Cause
Mentorship at Unnati Foundation
Safe Drinking Water Program
Notebooks from Recycled Paper!
Akshaya Patra Kitchen Visit
As a part of our annual CSR initiative month, we held a “Food for a Cause” carnival, to raise funds for various causes. Over 500 enthusiastic colleagues cooked and served cuisines from different parts of India at our Tesco Bengaluru campus. They also set up stalls for games, nail art, on the spot sketch art and so on. INR 96,000 was raised from 500+ people's participation.
Continuing our engagement with Unnati Foundation, a youth empowerment NGO, volunteers from Tesco Bengaluru interacted with students and shared practical tips to prepare for jobs.
At the event of the 74th Graduating Batch on September 25 at KR Puram, Bengaluru, our leaders including, Altaf Patel – Senior Head, Business Transformation (Business Services) talked to over 50 students and shared insights of working in a corporate environment, explaining the expectations organisations had from the candidates they hired. Following the speech, a few speed guidance sessions and soft skills sessions were conducted.
Tesco Bengaluru is proud to contribute to the changing literacy landscape in the country.
Students Impacted 50+
As an organisation, we believe every little help makes a big difference. We live by our values to ensure we serve our colleagues, customers and their communities a little better every day.
In February 2018, we set up a safe drinking water plant at Naganayakanakote village, Bengaluru in partnership with Rotary Bangalore Whitefield Central and Waterlife. We periodically audited the progress of our initiatives and over the last six months, the plant has provided close to 1,80,000 litres of safe drinking water to 200+ families, impacting close to 10,000 people.
Clean water provided 1,80,000 litres Families impacted 200+
Our collaboration with Saahas Zero Waste (SZW) also includes the provision of recycled notebooks that save 17 trees and 2 cubic metres of land space for every tonne of recycled paper. We worked with SZW to produce 550+ notebooks and donated 15000+ school stationery items such as notebooks, pens, pencils, scales, crayons, sketch pens, chalks, chart papers, watercolours, etc. to underprivileged kids of two government schools Gandhipuram Government School and Thubarahalli Government School, Whitefield, Bengaluru.
Composting is an important activity for us at Tesco Bengaluru and it is part of a systematic segregation process we follow where dry waste is recycled to create notebooks and wet waste is converted into compost for agricultural use at our composting yard. We have already distributed 1000kg of compost to farmers, who also benefit from our efforts to recharge borewells and ground-water in their regions. Every little help counts and we at Tesco are committed to doing our bit to help agricultural practices.
Our work with Akshaya Patra extends to supporting their mid-day meal programme, including meeting the children’s basic need for nutrition as well as education. Our colleagues also volunteer for various activities such as helping in the kitchen, cleaning vessels, washing & chopping vegetables, serving the food to the schools and so on. The programme focuses on government schools and through it, we aim to support 10,000 children.
In 2019, we got an overwhelming response and collected over ₹2, 00,000 in one day at the CSR ‘Flea Market.’ This is a fundraising initiative where the Bengaluru campus people and NGO Partners to joined hands to sell products and services to raise funds for a noble cause.
Our NGO partners include: