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Iceland Foods Group has unplugged the freezer but still sells plenty of frozen foods. The holding company, once known for freezers and other appliances, runs a chain of some 740 Iceland-banner supermarkets and 50 Cooltrader stores in the UK. Its chain is in the process of opening new stores, including locations in defunct Woolworths outlets. Iceland Foods entered the general groceries market, but has found more success...
A Great Place to Work
At Iceland, although we believe that business should be fun, we can be serious: Serious about Staff, Serious about Service and Serious about Standards. These core values underpin everything we do to communicate with our people, respond to their views and recognise and reward outstanding performance.
Our commitment to making Iceland A Great Place to Work has been independently recognised by the Sunday Times ‘Best Companies to Work For’ survey, which ranked Iceland the Number One Best Big Company to Work For in the UK in 2012 and Number Two in 2013. Iceland climbed up the Best Companies league table from sixth place in 2011, 13th in 2010 and 14th in 2009, when the company was assessed for the first time. Iceland is the only national food retailer to feature in the league table.
Both the 2012 and 2013 surveys ranked Iceland Number One for employees feeling that they have a Fair Deal (2013 score: 76%) and for Wellbeing (69%) while 77% feel that there is a strong sense of family in their teams and 83% that their colleagues are fun to work with. Confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team was reflected in a 77% positive rating, while on the Sunday Times reported in 2013 that “Iceland employees are the happiest in our survey about their pay relative to people in similar jobs elsewhere (76%).”
These excellent results mirror the findings of our most recent Straight Talk staff survey, in March 2012, in which 93% of our retail employees told us that they are proud to work for Iceland, 90% feel a strong sense of belonging in the company, 93% enjoy the work they do, 95% consider that their manager treats them fairly and with respect, and 94% would recommend Iceland as a good place to work.
Setting high standards
Iceland sources products from around the world to ensure tremendous value for our customers – but without compromising on the high standards they are entitled to expect from our brand. All overseas suppliers are rigorously monitored to ensure that they comply with internationally recognised standards to protect the health and welfare of their employees.
In the UK, Iceland is a signatory to the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) standard, and has worked closely with the GLA since it was established in 2005 to stamp out worker exploitation and rogue gangmasters and agency providers in the agriculture and shellfish industries. Iceland has contributed to the revised GLA Supermarket protocol, and has communicated it to its suppliers.
Iceland Foods has raised a total of £139,277.02 from the sale of carrier bags in its stores in Wales since the introduction of a 5p levy on single-use carrier bags by the Welsh Government on 1 October 2011.
The money raised has been donated to Iceland’s Charity of the Year, Alzheimer’s Research UK, to support world-class dementia research in Wales.
In the six months following the introduction of the levy of 5p per bag (including VAT), Iceland sold a total of 3,341,103 bags through its stores in Wales. This represented a reduction in carrier bag usage of approximately 77 per cent.
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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Wickford, England (UK) Sep 2009 – Reviewed Mar 17, 2013
Interview Details – Pretty easy, few questions about why I want to work there and asked when I could start and I was offered the job. – Full Interview
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