To celebrate this year’s Pride festival and support the LGBTQ+ community, Tesco will donate almost £100,000 across LGBTQ+ charities, Just Like Us, MindOut and Intersex Equality Rights UK, amongst others. In addition, the supermarket will be a Gold sponsor for London Pride and Partner for Brighton Pride, as well as supporting Pride events across the UK in Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Norwich, Manchester, Glasgow, Dundee and Plymouth.
The supermarket is a longstanding supporter of Pride and the LGBTQ+ community, and in recent years has donated more than half a million pounds to charities supporting LGBTQ+ people – including Switchboard, Albert Kennedy Trust, Mermaids, Terrence Higgins Trust, Fighting With Pride and Bi Pride UK.
Tesco will also be donating a percentage of the sale price of the 2023 Home and Clothing Pride range available in-stores now, with products including mugs, cushions and throws, as well as flags, hats, glasses and face paints.
As a business, Tesco is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates the diversity of its colleagues and customers, working with its award-winning LGBTQ+ at Tesco network to support colleagues to be themselves. Tesco is a member of the Stonewall Global Diversity Champions Programme and this year was ranked 15th on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. It is also a member of the Open for Business coalition to support LGBTQ+ inclusion around the world.
Aled Griffiths (he/him), the Charity & Community Lead for LGBTQ+ at Tesco said: “Everyone’s welcome at Tesco, and we want everyone from all our LGBTQ+ communities to thrive at Tesco and feel like they belong. Pride is a real highlight for our colleagues, customers and our LGBTQ+ at Tesco network. I’m so proud that we are donating to these amazing organisations as part of our celebrations.”
Andrew Yaxley, Booker CEO and Executive Sponsor of LGBTQ+ at Tesco, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support some fantastic LGBTQ+ charities again this year and I’m delighted that we’re extended this to even more groups this year. At Tesco we’re standing proud together to support our LGBTQ+ communities across the country, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with our fantastic colleagues to make Pride 2023 a huge success.”