Sunday, 7 November 2010

Out at Tesco gay staff network wins award from Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy

Out at Tesco, the staff network for LGBT colleagues, has won an award from the man leading the Tesco - CEO Sir Terry Leahy.

Out at Tesco chairman Romain Sauron, who established the network in 2009 (which I am communications secretary), was invited on-stage at the Tesco Company Conference 2010 in London on 3 November to accept the award for his tireless efforts (mostly in his private time) to bring endorsement from all across Tesco.

In giving Out at Tesco an award, Sir Terry says (as you'll hear in the video with link below)
"We've worked very hard over the years to make everyone welcome at Tesco because we have such a diverse work force. One of the ways we've done that is recognise and support the contribution of some of our minority groups. It's very important that, as individuals, you can be yourself at Tesco. The support networks are very encouraging to help people to do that. We have a Women's Network as you know, and a very successful Asian network, and recently we introduced a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network which is called 'Out at Tesco' set up in March 2009 to help LGBT employees feel confident, be themselves at work."

You can watch the 2 minute video of the presentation on YouTube at

For more on the Out at Tesco network go to


  1. If I still worked at Tesco I think I'd set up a group for the straight men called "It's ok to not be interesting" :)

  2. It's great to see Tesco recognising the value that a diverse workforce can bring to a company and providing opportunities for those employees that wish (whether they identify as LGBT, straight or otherwise) to engage, network with like minded people and provide opportunities to bring more of yourself to work... something many straight colleagues take for granted.

    I saw that you had a team representing Tesco at last years LGBT Diversity Careers Show at London's Grand Conaught Rooms, but unfortunatley was too busy manning another stand to track you down Nick and congratulate you on the work you and your team are doing to push the boundaries of the mobile technology space. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing what developments you have coming through in 2011.


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