Kaufland Romania is building an inclusive workplace
Currently, there are over one billion disabled people worldwide who are more socially involved than before. Despite this, employment rates are low, and many barriers to employment still remain.
In the framework of the Awareness4Change project 6 organizations from 4 European countries (Germany, Portugal, Romania, and United Kingdom) are making a joint effort to address the situation and promote the knowledge about diversity, human rights, and inclusion.
We believe that an inclusive workplace welcomes people of all backgrounds and abilities and appreciates them for their contributions. It's a place where people with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement as their colleagues.
The awareness campaign entitled We can merge together, aims to share testimonies of companies that have built an inclusive working space for people with disabilities. Through this action we want to show that smart employers recruit and welcome talent with disability.
The campaign will start in May 2022 and last until June 2022 and it will display every month two stories of companies that have built an inclusive working space.
In Romania, one of the companies that has a real interest in this matter and has successfully built an inclusive workspace is Kaufland Romania. We have spoken with them regarding their inclusion practices and asked them three important questions:
1. Why do you think it is important for a company to invest in creating an inclusive workplace?
2. What actions do you take to ensure that all staff feel included (e.g. team awareness sessions, mentoring programmes, etc.)?
3. What measures do you have in place to ensure the retention of people with disabilities?
We invite you to read their answer below.
“For us at Kaufland, employees are the company's most important resource. We already have almost 16,000 employees working in our headquarters, logistics centres and 150 stores across the country.
We are an attractive employer and one of the largest teams in Romania. We are present in social life through social responsibility projects and caring for the communities we all live in.
Therefore, through the programs and campaigns that Kaufland runs as an employer, we have set ourselves the goal of coming closer to those who are different, those who are different, whether we are talking about ethnicity, religion, social background, or disability.
To this end, through the A.C.C.E.S. programme, launched at the end of 2019, we have brought more than 400 people with disabilities into the Kaufland team.
The idea of the project was to give/give people with disabilities the feeling of belonging to a team built like a family, where everyone finds their place...
As far as the A.C.C.E.S. programme is concerned, it all started from an identified need and the vision of our company.
A.C.C.E.S. involved the promotion of the international organizational culture of the Schwarz Group based on diversity, non-discrimination, inclusion, equal opportunities together with the involvement of management and employees in the project.
The team dedicated to the A.C.C.E.S. programme consists of colleagues from the Recruitment Department as well as from the Employer Brand Department, together with other colleagues who carry out employee counselling and development.
Some of the steps taken:
In this regard, we have worked on:
Those wishing to join our teams can apply at www.cariere.kaufland.ro”