ICA’s responsibilities as a member of society include everything from supporting locally produced food through employing people with disabilities in the Group’s operations to various sponsorship activities.
In 2013 ICA continued its work to deal more systematically with surplus usable food through partnerships with voluntary organisations, and made various contributions to help sick and needy children. The Volunteer Programme in Sweden has given employees opportunities to work with voluntary organisations during working hours. The focus is on children, young people and women.
ICA wants to be a positive force in society and make smart investments for the future, particularly through partnerships and strong local connections. ICA partners with charitable organisations that work on public health, the environment, humanitarian efforts and diversity. Through the Group’s sports-related activities, ICA helps keep young people and their parents active. ICA also wants to draw attention to important issues and contribute to local development that benefits everyone.
ICA often participates in debates and outside initiatives, and supports local projects in all the Group’s markets. Its sponsorships focus on the areas of food, health and equality.
ICA 2020 gives youth a chance
Sweden’s ICA stores are a big youth employer. Around half of the 40,000 employees are under 25 years old and a variety of career paths are available. To attract even more young talent ICA Gruppen has started the “ICA 2020” project, which aims to utilise and develop opportunities for more young people to work within ICA.
The objective is to give a further 2,000 or so young people the opportunity for a first job at ICA over the coming years. The initiative is aimed at those 25 years old or younger. It is split into two parts: giving young people who are not in employment work experience to get them off to a start in their working lives, and making the most of all the young people who are already working at ICA.
Through ICA work placements, young people can get experience and contacts, even if not all the participants are offered employment at the end of their placement. ICA will also offer internships within retail; a start for students who have completed the retailing and administration programme at upper secondary school.
In the second part of the initiative, ICA wants to highlight and involve the young people already working at ICA. The views of young employees will be sought through a youth panel, taking the form of an annual web survey, and a network for discussion and innovation – ICA’s Youth Network. The thoughts and ideas that emerge will make a valuable contribution to help retailers and employees develop ICA as a workplace.