River Island

One of the most well-known and loved brands on the high street, we always aim to bring new and original fashion to our customers.
http://www.riverisland.com

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River Island staff kept up their epic fundraising efforts for charity even when Covid-19 forced shops to close and kept many of the team at home.

During the first lockdown, furloughed employees raised more than £260,000 through fun activities such as walking challenges, shaving heads and selling crafts. Their craft skills were also put to use stitching face masks and gowns.

Drivers at the fashion chain's distribution centre delivered supplies to 36 locations, including Nightingale hospitals, and helped to keep a local hospice open. Head office in London donated clothes to St Mungo's, a charity that helps homeless people.

River Island, one of the best-known names on the high street, has more than 350 shops in the UK and Ireland, on the Continent and in Asia and the Middle East. The company also has six online sites.

Communication channels were overhauled after the pandemic started, so that for the first time all staff – in stores, at the HQ and in the distribution centre – were able to access the same information. This helped to keep the Islanders engaged while they had to stay home, and encouraged everyone to join in with social activities such as a virtual Christmas party, bingo quizzes and kids' clubs.

As part of its efforts to be kinder to the environment, River Island has set up a sustainability action group with volunteers from the workforce. The company has pledged to move to 100% sustainable cotton by 2023 and has joined the Better Cotton Initiative.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

74% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

River Island's bespoke management and leadership development programme, called Model the Way, provides a mix of workshops, online modules, videos and peer-to-peer learning. As part of its culture of continuous learning, the company offers senior leaders an in-house coaching qualification certified by the Institute of Learning & Management.

My Company

79% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

River Island has updated its diversity and inclusion strategy with the help of a new partnership with Blueprint for All, previously known as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Five focus and action groups have been created in key problem areas highlighted by staff.

Wellbeing

71% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The retailer extended its policy of giving staff an early finish on Fridays during the pandemic and introduced blackout times, periods for reflection when no emails or phone calls were to be made. A full calendar of supportive online events included meditation and beat burnout sessions.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1959
Total number of employees
257
Number of UK locations
28
Employee average age
24% : 76%
Male : Female employee ratio
10%
Employees earning £35k+
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
"At River island we are on an exciting journey together. We have had a long, successful history driven by constant change, but also have a truly exciting future of continued transformation ahead of us. We are absolutely delighted to have moved from “One to Watch” to a 2 star Best Companies accreditation for outstanding engagement. I feel at River Island we really are united as one team. Our people, their energy and deep commitment to what we do really does make all the difference and we are driven to deliver together. I am delighted that our people feel so valued by the business, but it’s absolutely at the heart of everything we have done to date and will achieve together in the future. I am immensely proud of each and every Islander."

Will Kernan, CEO - River Island

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