As I said, it’s a newly formed group so there are lots of opportunities. But as a group it’s all in addition to our day jobs and it’s in addition to some of the other things that we are doing as individual partners. So, whether you’re on the Partnership Council, or you’re involved in the roll-out of Microsoft 365 — or all of the above — people are really busy already with their day jobs. But, ultimately, it’s something that we need to do.
It’s not just going to be good glue for our relationship with Waitrose; it’s going to be absolutely fundamental to our relationship with Waitrose. Even in the short term, there’s some really exciting projects and some big wins that we can get — whether that’s removing polystyrene boxes from our supply chain or introducing new renewable technology across both our sites. It’s something that we’ve never done before.
Hopefully, these projects get some good case studies and some positive news that we can publish, then that’s the catalyst for other projects coming through. But, if we just sit around and talk about what we’re going to do, we’ll be in the same position next year, and we’re a year nearer to 2030.
Besides, we saw through the intern interviews that they had all been on the website, and they’d all been on that section of the website. They were all really encouraged by our commitment for carbon neutrality in 2030 — it was a big draw for some of these great candidates. So, is that going to be a key thing that we need to offer as an employer of choice?
The candidates were all pretty clear about which type of industry or which type of employers they don’t want to work for; so while Employee Ownership is going to be a big draw, as an employer, clearly good environmental credentials is going to be important as well.