Tesco Ireland joins 30% Club Ireland
Tesco Ireland has become the 250th business to join the ranks of the 30% Club, a voluntary group of businesses dedicated to boosting gender equality and diversity in the workplace.
12 August 2019 | 0
The 30% Club, a voluntary group of businesses dedicated to promoting diversity and gender equality in the workplace, has welcomed Tesco Ireland as its 250th supporter. Announcing the move, Tesco stated it has already made “significant headway” in ensuring diversity across the business, with 40% female representation in its leadership team and a 50-50 gender split across its workforce of more than 13,000.
Carol Andrews, Country Lead of the 30% Club Ireland and a Managing Director at BNY Mellon Ireland, said that this type of diversity encourages better all-round performance for companies and employees alike. “We are delighted to have Tesco on board as members,” said Andrews, “improving once again the range of industries supporting this agenda.
“As a significant multi-site employer in Ireland,” she said, “Tesco furthers our aim to extend support, inclusion and action across the country. We look forward to a fruitful relationship going forward.”
Commenting on the announcement, CEO Kari Daniels said Tesco Ireland is proud to be a diverse and inclusive company. “By making this pledge to the 30% Club Ireland,” Daniels said, “we’re committing to continue our work in developing Tesco Ireland as an inclusive working environment.
“As one of only thirteen Irish Best Workplaces for Women,” she continued, “we’re very proud to make this acknowledgement and commitment to continuing to be a workplace of equal opportunity.
“The drive for diversity and inclusion is a huge part of our identity as a company and we believe it helps us deliver our purpose of serving shoppers a little better every day,” Cari Daniels added.
First launched in the UK in 2010 and in Ireland in 2015, the 30% Club is a voluntary movement of national and international companies across a wide range of sectors. Earlier this year, the 30% Club Ireland announced that former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and her husband Martin would be joint patrons. The group’s aim is to achieve a minimum of 30% female representation at senior management and board level.
Recent figures from the Government’s Balance for Better Business review have shown that only 16.4% of the positions on boards of Irish-listed companies are held by women, far behind the European average of 26%, and almost one-third have no female board members at all.