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.
From these three pillars of the Little Helps Plan, we arrived at areas where our responsible community initiatives mattered:
Tesco Bengaluru colleagues total volunteered hours.
Our objective is to ensure that no one goes hungry. In the current scenario where access to food is unequal, we focus on 4 most vulnerable sections of the society – Children, Daily Wagers, Women and Elderly.
India has the highest prevalence of malnourished children in the world. To address this issue, Tesco in collaboration with the Akshaya Patra Foundation provides freshly cooked and nutritious mid-day meals to children across Government schools in Bangalore. This initiative not only makes up for the nutrient deficit of a child but also results in low dropout.
This programme is part of flagship initiative – 'Sarva Shiksha 'Abhiyaan' of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) that aims to improve enrolment and retention of children in schools.
In the year 2017-18, we had sponsored kitchen ' 'equipment's which led to serving 1.2 million nutritious meals to children. This year we will touch 6000 children every month through the mid-day meal programme, and we plan to continue this till the end of March.
Malnourishment and micronutrient deficiencies (vitamin A and iodine) cause severe health problems related to nutrition in the women and the elderly. Such deficiencies are often caused by a lack of affordability and accessibility to high nutrition food among the underprivileged sections of society.
To tackle the undernourishment issues among women and elderly, we partnered with Rise Against Hunger India to support the marginalised groups by providing them fortified nutritious meals.
Every month we have distributed dry ration to 1000 daily wagers and to 500 women & elderly. We plan to continue this initiative until March.
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 NOOK in Whitefield is a community space that fosters curiosity, innovation, creativity, and critical thinking and has benefitted 500 learners since inception.
Some of the projects from our Nook centre are; Pottery making wheel, Toy car from dc gear motor, Wooden table lamp, Mosquito trap machine, Gimbal from PVC pipe. The learners built a wide range of projects, from robots to crafts to drawings, and more!
Students per day
Graduated Students in 2018-2019
When people endure natural disasters without aid, they may face a lifetime of diminished hope for prosperity. Delivering disaster aid to victims quickly not only restores lost assets but also maintains their aspirations — and invests in communities' longer-term economic and democratic health.
In order to aid the displaced communities due to floods, we have tied up with Goonj to provide relief and rehabilitation support to families. We provided Rahat kits, which will contain the necessary items required by people to overcome the situation. We have impacted over 1200 lives through these kits during each disaster.
While the entire world is suffering COVID and its adverse effects, responding during these tough times, disasters and providing timely relief is very important. We made a small contribution of INR 25 Lakhs to PM CARES Fund to fight against COVID-19.
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: