Planet Organic is the UK’s first Soil Association certified organic and natural food health store, and we are now the largest, with 12 stores across London. We are at the forefront of the trend towards healthier eating and sustainable retail and are the UK’s first zero food waste food retailer. At Planet Organic, we strive to be more than just a shop. We believe in promoting health in our communities through organic, natural and sustainable products, and acting sustainably and ethically as a business.  Our goal is to promote health within our communities and to be ethical in our treatment of both people and the planet. Being part of a community also means being part of conversations, listening and using the views of those we serve to improve what we do. Planet Organic began working with Drive Forward in 2018, providing work experience and ‘Aim Higher’ days for care-experienced young people. We are proud of our partnership and grateful for the expertise Drive Forward has offered us as we work towards creating truly inclusive workspaces that reflect the communities around our stores in London. They have helped us adapt our recruitment and onboarding processes, given us an important perspective on the wellbeing and support, we offer all employees and provided training to our HR team and managers on communication skills. We are delighted that one young person from Drive Forward has secured a role as part of our Retail Academy programme, a year-long apprenticeship that offers a dedicated learning and development programme and experience across different departments on our shop floors. We hope that this is the first of many to come. We would enthusiastically recommend other employers to partner with Drive Forward and support the inspiring young people they work with.

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