Tesco Bengaluru donates INR 25 lakhs to PM Care Fund

Our small step towards supporting the nation during these unprecedented times

Tesco Bengaluru installs a Water ATM in Koraluru village, Bengaluru

Aiming to support with clean drinking water for 600+ families

Tesco collaborates with NASSCOM Foundation to set up its first Nook in Bengaluru

To enhance the learning opportunities for the underprivileged.

Tesco Bengaluru supports Goonj to help COVID impacted Families

A fund raising campaign with GiveIndia to support the daily wagers

Every little help make a big difference

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:

Education

Food

Water & Sanitation

Disaster Relief

Our goals towards societal empowerment are aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Zero
Hunger

Quality
Education

Clean Water & Sanitation

Partnerships to achieve the Goal

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Highlights in 2018/19
Hours

1,450+

Tesco Bengaluru colleagues total volunteered hours.

NGO Partners

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.

Children:

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.

Daily wagers, Women & Elderly

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.

Access to clean drinking water for all

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.

Responsible Production and Consumption:

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.

95

Wet Waste Recycled (Tons)

69

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.

Yooth:

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.

Women:

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.

Number of students trained

816

Children:

Nooks – Self-Learning Spaces

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!

500

Registered
Students

30

Students
per day

115

Graduated Students
in 2018-2019

Payroll Deduction

At Tesco, giving back to the community in little ways is an essential element of our functioning. This idea lies at the core of our collaboration with GiveIndia, a non-governmental online donation platform that aims to channel and provide resources to 250+ credible non-governmental organisations across India. These organizations support a variety of causes such as food, education, health, sanitation, and the environment. Through this collaboration, we encourage our colleagues to donate a small part of their payroll (as little as INR 100) online to support the causes that they identify with the most. Over 1580 of our colleagues already contribute regularly to causes such as disability, poverty, women’s empowerment, child education, and more. We have collectively donated over INR 2.4 crore through the GiveIndia platform, helping Tesco Bengaluru rank sixth among 135 participating companies in India.

Disaster Relief: North Karnataka, COVID, Amphan, Assam & Bihar Floods

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.

COVID - 19:

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.