Our focus on human capital
Retail is Ireland’s largest industry, the largest private sector employer and a critical contributor to the country’s economy.
As a market leader, the BWG Group has established operating policies that govern our engagements with major stakeholders and comply with all relevant legislation.
SPAR Ireland’s community investment policy is to raise awareness of and funds for a number of deserving charities and organisations within its communities.
These relate, among others, to cystic fibrosis, homelessness, hospice services, heart health and suicide prevention services. Our collaboration with Food Cloud, across BWG Group’s wholesale and retail businesses, connects our surplus food to nearby charities that need it, through an app and a website.
Through major sponsorships, the SPAR brand receives large-scale exposure and is associated with health and wellness.
SPAR Ireland’s headline sponsorships are:
- SPAR Soccer;
- SPAR Athletics;
- the Londis ‘Hell & Back’ adventure challenge; and
- the EUROSPAR Defibrillator programme.
At SPAR Ireland we believe that the hard work and commitment of our employees – our most valuable asset – must be respected. We are committed to providing a working environment that is not only safe, but also conducive to personal well-being and growth. We comply fully with all labour legislation and our salaries are above the minimum wage. BWG Group maintains positive relations with the relevant unions and no significant labour issues occurred during 2017.
Health and safety
The health and safety of employees on-site is a highly regulated aspect of our business. One of our training focus areas for 2017 has been health and safety at our branches, the national distribution centre (NDC) and BWG House.
The national distribution centre has on-site security 24 hours a day, with remote monitoring in place for burglar and fire-alarm activation. The number of accidents reported has decreased by 12% year-on-year and no material incidents were reported during the year.
In addition, BWG Group has a health and fitness committee that organised a number of employee events, from ‘Fit live 5’, the Londis Carrauntoohill walk and a 10km run in Phoenix Park, to ‘Operation Transformation’ events for employees, focusing on how best to lose weight through nutrition and exercise.
SPAR Ireland is committed to employee learning and development, and continues to train all employees to ensure that they are adequately equipped to carry out tasks efficiently, safely and according to required standards. This year, we focused on health and safety, and on management development programmes through on-line learning portals in conjunction with eCornell and Harvard universities.
As a food retailer, the BWG Group implements best practice to ensure the safety and quality of all our products. This is measured according to six key areas:
- Retail employee training
- Food safety manuals
- Store audits
- Industry standards, emerging issues and liaising with government bodies
- Supplier approval