Nando’s has pledged to support suppliers wherever it can as it deals with the Covid-19 crisis, insisting it’s “times like this that keeping our values front of mind is more important than ever”.
UK & Ireland CEO Colin Hill said one of the reasons he first joined Nando’s was its purpose – which drives how it treats its employees and works with its local communities.
The current situation gives the 500-strong chain a unique chance to put that to practice and Mr Hill said it would be looking out for suppliers, partners and charities.
“We are working hard with our suppliers, particularly smaller independent businesses, many of which have grown with us over many years, to support them wherever possible and help provide financial security for the next few months.”
He added: “As always, we are actively supporting our team, making the necessary arrangements for those who need to self-isolate for medical reasons, providing flexibility within our rotas where ever we can to enable our teams to support their families and friends and sharing the most up to date information and guidance as it emerges.”
While the company has now shifted to a takeaway and delivery model, Mr Hill said it would continue to support its local charity partners across the country.
Nando’s ‘No Chuckin Our Chicken’ food donation programme, which provides charities with unused food at the end of every shift, will still operate, every day, across the country.
“The programme has provided over 1.5 million meals over the last seven years and we will endeavour to continue this level of support to help feed the people most in need of help in our communities,” said Mr Hill.