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Tesco Bengaluru reinforces commitment to sustainable practices through World Environment Day activities

July 12, 2017

Activity based initiative for Tesco Bengaluru colleagues commenced to observe World Environment Day
Attainable objectives created for larger impact
The focus is on generating sustainable practices by engaging colleagues on digital platforms and partnering with NGOs

Tesco Bengaluru, the technology and retail operations team for Tesco worldwide, kicked off World Environment Day celebrations from June 5, 2017 and embarked on a month-long calendar of activities. This year’s theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ set the tone for a series of activities held during the month that focused on raising awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

Projects like E-waste collection drives, old footwear recycling and afforestation drives took place with the aim to encourage colleagues to help build a sustainable future by collectively driving impact on the community, as well as within the Tesco Bengaluru campus. With Tesco’s global commitment to sustainability through reduction of food waste and its carbon footprint, there is a greater focus sustainable practices. Guided by the motto of ‘every little help makes a difference’, ideas and thoughts shared on Tesco Bengaluru’s extensive internal platforms, by colleagues, provided impetus to make sure that each idea could be well-executed to induce a positive difference towards the community at large.

“At Tesco, we believe that every little help makes a big difference. It is a value we live by to ensure we serve our customers, colleagues and their communities a little better every day. Our consistent and continual commitment to improve the lives of the communities we touch is what keeps us going. Celebrating World Environment Day and leading with initiatives such as CSR Impact, a collaborative forum that brings together companies and implementation partners to focus on solutions, we are hopeful of creating a robust society. Our colleagues are the backbone of our community outreach and impact. Through inclusive and focused initiatives we empower them to make a collective difference” says Aniisu K Verghese, Senior Manager – Corporate Communications and CSR.

Activities for the month included a sapling plantation drive at ITPL, a photo sharing project ‘Share your Favourite Green Spot!’ encouraging colleagues to share images of their favourite nature spots, Ideas for Change! – where colleagues could actively contribute their ‘green’ ideas, an environment day painting competition for the children of Tesco colleagues, an e-waste collection drive on campus and Enviro Exhibition – that showcased environment friendly products and services that colleagues could make use of. The activities also included a partnership with Green Sole, whereby colleagues donated their old foot wear, which will be refurbished and donated to the children from the eight schools Tesco Bengaluru supports.

Tesco Bengaluru has partnered with NGOs and leveraged digital platforms such as Yammer Chat to keep the activities engaging on a wider social and cultural network that will weigh in on its CSR journey for World Environment Day, 2017.

About Tesco Bengaluru:

Tesco Bengaluru is the only technology and retail operations centre that caters to Tesco’s growth and presence globally by serving millions of customers worldwide. We build world class technology products and platforms, design stores and manage Finance and Retail Operations. Tesco Bengaluru was set up in May 2004 to enable standardisation and build centralised capabilities and competencies which can be leveraged across the Tesco Group. The range of work we do from here covers the entire spectrum of retail – Technology, Business, Finance, Commercial & Supply Chain and Property Services. We are here to make the Tesco experience better for our millions of customers worldwide and simpler for over 476,000 colleagues.

ANNEXURE:

June 5 to 16 – Share your Favourite Green Spot!
Creating Tesco Bengaluru’s largest online album with the best its colleague’s nature photo shots and sharing them on Yammer – with the hashtag #WeAreTesco and #WithNature.

June 5 to 16 – Ideas for Change!
Sharing colleague’s ideas on how to make Tesco Bengaluru campus a greener workplace! The idea, posted on Yammer, will be evaluated. Tesco Bengaluru will partner with colleagues with the best suggestions and bring it to life.

June 8 – Enviro Exhibition
An exhibition on the latest innovative environment friendly products & services focusing on themes of ‘Wealth from Waste’, ‘Going Organic’ and ‘Green Energy’.

June 9 – Afforestation drive
A journey to make a mini-forest in Tesco Bengaluru’s locality.

June 15 to 23 – Safe riddance to e-waste!
Tesco Bengaluru’s NGO partner will help colleagues reduce the burden on the environment by recycling e-waste in a scientific manner.

June 15 to 30 – Refurbish your old footwear!
Tesco Bengaluru’s NGO partner will refurbish old footwear (any size, any model) better than new, and donate them to students at the schools they support.

June 26 to July 3 – Environment Champions Painting Competition
Colleagues’ children (12 years and below) will be given the opportunity to showcase their creativity, on the theme: ‘Connecting People to Nature’.

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