Find, attract and retain the best talent. Support colleagues to reach their full potential, in whatever capacity they work with us
Create a great place to work with colleagues as advocates
Actively promote and measure colleagues’ emotional and physical health and well-being
We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy environment in our stores, distribution centres and offices. We have robust control measures in place to minimise the risk of accidents occurring. Find out more here.
Diversity and inclusion
Diversity is a social and business imperative. We believe that the combination of a diverse colleague base representing all cultures, backgrounds and beliefs coupled with an inclusive culture that allows everyone to be themselves at work and make their best contribution is key to our future success.
This year we have focused on establishing our governance, internal reporting and colleague led support networks. A Diversity and Inclusion steering group has been established and operates as a sub-committee of our Group Executive Board. It oversees the creation and delivery of the diversity strategy and is chaired by Martyn Beauchamp, Chief Operating Officer - Financial Services.
This year we launched the Home Retail Group Women’s network. The network is an inclusive movement that promotes gender equality. The network has hosted social and networking events and supported relevant charities. The networking events have focused on many topics including mentoring, personal values, image confidence and nutrition. On international women’s day in March 2016 John Walden the Group Chief Executive, joined the network to share his views on the importance of diversity from a business perspective. This year charitable support has been for two women’s charities Smalls for All and Smart Works.
The LGBT and Allies Network, launched in April 2015, aims to attract, support and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues so that they can feel confident to be themselves at work. The network is open to all colleagues and straight allies are incredibly important to its success. The LGBT and Allies network has five main focuses: talent, education, social and networking events, support and charity and is sponsored by Stephen Vowles, Argos Marketing Director. The network has run a number of events including ‘The Unfinished Battle for LGBT Rights’ with guest speaker Peter Tatchell, who talked about some of his own achievements as a human rights campaigner, how far LGBT rights have come and the unfinished battle still to go. To support the development of our diversity activity we are proud to be members of Stonewall diversity champion programme, Britain’s leading best practice employers’ forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality, diversity and inclusion. We have completed the Stonewall workplace equality index for the first time, this will help to shape our focus areas over the next few years.
To support the development of our diversity programme we are proud to be members of Opportunity Now, the gender diversity campaign of business in the community. The aims of this campaign are consistent with ours; a better gender balance for leadership progression, unbiased recognition and reward for all and agile works cultures that are fit for the future.