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Keith Abel and Ted Bell, the leaders of the organisation, make regular ‘pilgrimages’ to every sight in the company and meet with every single employee either as an individual or in small groups for a Q&A session. Managers are not present at the employees' meetings. This sometimes involves visits to the drivers' depots at 3.00 am and a lot of travelling around. These meetings have a huge impact on employee engagement as they cut out the middle-man and allow employees from all levels to sit down with those at the top of the company. Employees are invited to ask questions and give feedback and often the sessions can be quite intense and challenging from the directors. Afterwards, lists of actions are produced for each department and all employees are regularly updated on the progress of these actions.
Giving back to the wider community is very important to Abel & Cole. Every week they give food to local hospices and charities. Every week, through their Farmer’s Choice not-for-profit scheme, they sell wholesale organic fruit and veg to schools, so they can sell them to parents and teachers, keeping the profit for school equipment and other fundraising projects. Every month Abel & Cole donate approximately 15 free boxes of fruit and vegetable to small charities, for auctions, raffles and other fundraising activities. Since June 2010 they have collected hundreds of unwanted bicycles from their customers, repaired them and shipped them to community projects in Ghana.
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At least 33% of senior managers are women
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
On-site nursery or vouchers
Full family cover
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