As a leading multinational retailer, with more than 345,000 colleagues, we aim to serve customers every day with affordable, healthy and sustainable food – to help them enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living.

Our Purpose

Is to serve our customers, communities and the planet a little better every day. This means we always keep customers at the heart of what we do, while also reflecting our responsibilities to the communities we serve and to society more broadly.

No one tries harder for customers.

Our Values

Understanding people and what matters to them, then trying to make those things better, is at the heart of Tesco. It’s about listening to people and talking to them using all the tools at our disposal, then acting by changing and innovating to meet their needs.

Every Little Helps Make a Big Difference

It’s the value we live by to ensure we serve our customers, colleagues and their communities a little better every day. It really captures how, when we add up all the small things we do, Tesco can make a big difference to the issues customers, colleagues, communities and wider society care about.

It covers the little things we do every day as well as linking these things together to contribute to the bigger global initiatives in which we are involved. It helps us take the right actions to restore trust and transparency in our business.

  • Helping to reduce food waste globally and ensuring surplus food goes to those in need
  • Making it easier to live more healthily 
  • Sourcing great quality, affordable and sustainable products
  • Making a positive contribution to the communities where we operate.

Since we first introduced our Tesco Values more than a decade ago, they have become a vital part of our culture – and an essential underpinning of our growth and success. They ensure that every person at Tesco understands what is important – about how we work together as a team and how customers are at the centre of what we do. They are universal values, which have helped guide our people as Tesco has grown into new markets and new countries.

Working for Tesco

We know that looking after our colleagues in a culture of trust and respect is essential to the success of Tesco. When colleagues feel recognised and rewarded for the work they do together, when they have the opportunity to get on and are supported in their development as they move through their careers in the business; they in turn try their hardest for customers.

Armed Forces at Tesco

We have a long-standing association with the Armed Forces, as our founder, Jack Cohen, started Tesco back in 1919 after leaving the Royal Flying Corps at the end of the First World War.

Almost one per cent of all veterans leaving the Army join Tesco, and as the UK’s biggest private sector employer, we want to do everything we can to support our Armed Forces colleagues so that our business continues to be a place where everybody’s welcome and anyone can get on.

We know moving into a civilian career can be challenging, and we work to ensure that former members of the Armed Forces, their families, and the Reservist community is supported.

Our Priorities

  • Support Service leavers
  • Present Tesco as an example of what Service leavers can expect from a civilian employer
  • Support former military colleagues with transition from military life
  • Support colleagues with family in the Armed Forces
  • Support colleagues who are Reservists

Working with the CTP

At Tesco, we recognise the transferable skills and qualifications gained whilst in military service. We work in collaboration with the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) to support Armed Forces leavers in securing their next civilian job. By attending careers events hosted by the CTP, we have helped forces leavers secure jobs as:

  • Tesco Maintenance: Electrical Technicians, Mechanical Engineers, HVAC/Refrigeration Engineers, Drainage Engineers, Store Technicians and Management
  • Drivers (HGV, Delivery)
  • Warehouse Operatives & Management
  • Office Colleagues (Information Security)
  • Store Colleagues & Management

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to support the Armed Forces Community and recognise the value Armed Forces colleagues contribute to our business and our country. In 2014 we were the first retailer to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, showing our commitment to making Tesco a great place to work for serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families.

The signing of the Armed Forces Covenant commits Tesco to uphold its key principles including:

  • Supporting veterans who have left the Armed Forces with employment at Tesco
  • Aiding spouses and partners of serving personnel to get jobs at Tesco stores
  • Ensuring flexibility around life changes due to partners’ military service so colleagues are not disadvantaged
  • Promoting the Reserve Forces to Tesco colleagues

We estimate there’s about 20,000 Armed Forces colleagues at Tesco doing various roles across the business. Our Armed Forces network brings together both former and current members of the Armed Forces and those who want to show their support, as well as coordinating activities to help colleagues meet each other and find their way at Tesco.
As a network, we’re looking to co-ordinate a number of activities – ranging from social activities, to those aiming to support and develop colleagues and former members of the armed forces, helping them to find their way here at Tesco.

Sponsoring Armed Forces Day 2022

Tesco was  proud to sponsor this years’ Armed Forces Day as part of its commitment to the UK’s military personnel. Marcus Denison, Director Sponsor of Armed Forces at Tesco said:

“Our society promises to recognise service people for their honour, courage and commitment by making sure organisations and businesses support them. In 2014, Tesco signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show how we value our military personnel. As a veteran, and chair of our Armed Forces Network, I am extremely proud to work for a business that was recognised with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award in 2016 for its support of the armed forces community. Scarborough and the 16 garrison towns around the UK, will celebrate the tremendous contribution our service people make to our country on June 26 and I am looking forward to spending time with our colleagues there. Everyone is welcome to support the events that will be taking place and honouring the commitment and courage of those serving in our Armed Forces – we hope to see some of you there.”

Marcus Denison, Director Sponsor of Armed Forces at Tesco

Armed Forces Gold Award 2020

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
This year Tesco continued to have its support recognised by again receiving a Gold award. To receive this we had to meet certain criteria such as advocating support to defence people issues to partner organisations, suppliers and customers with tangible positive results, proactively demonstrate forces-friendly credentials as part of our recruiting and selection processes, and providing at least 10 days’ additional leave for training, fully paid, to any Reservist employee.

Garrison towns in the UK

The garrison towns around the UK are Aldershot, Bury St Edmunds, Catterick Garrison, Colchester, Edinburgh, Greenock, High Wycombe, Kensington, Lincoln, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Sandhurst, Scarborough, Tidworth and Trowbridge.


After reaching the rank of Captain after five years in the Army, Marcus got married, had a child and found it increasingly difficult to balance family and military life. He was looking for a more sensible job, and a friend recommended a role to me at Tesco.
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