• SPAR Austria hands out 23,000 free apples to schoolchildren in Vienna
    SPAR Austria hands out 23,000 free apples to schoolchildren in Vienna

    Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet but all too often, schoolchildren don’t eat enough of this vital food group. To combat this problem, a project was recently...

  • SPAR UK pumps life into Northern Ireland’s largest external defibrillator network
    SPAR UK pumps life into Northern Ireland’s largest external defibrillator network

    Over 300 SPAR, EUROSPAR and VIVO branded outlets have signed up to a new campaign to install Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) outside their stores...

  • SPAR Austria food waste initiative
    SPAR Austria food waste initiative

    Following the motto Cooking Together and Creating Awareness, SPAR Austria has been working with Youth Centre Donaustadt in Vienna ...

  • DeSPAR Ergon invests in sustainable energy plan
    DeSPAR Ergon invests in sustainable energy plan

    Ergon, a DeSPAR member in Sicily, is enthusiastically rolling out a strategy for the sustainable sourcing of energy...

  • SPAR Netherlands makes neighbourhood recycling easier
    SPAR Netherlands makes neighbourhood recycling easier

    For some time, consumers have been able to recycle empty batteries and light bulbs in their neighbourhood supermarket but SPAR...

  • Partnering with the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition
    Partnering with the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition

    In recognition of the strength of working in partnership with other organisations to improve the delivery of safe food to consumers, SPAR became a member of the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM)...

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People

SPAR recognises the importance of delivering outstanding service and has a long history of training and developing staff. We actively run international training programmes focused on developing our employees to ensure that they have the necessary skills and knowledge required for their roles.

Additionally, SPAR countries have their own unique training schemes to meet the needs of the local market. The SPAR Training Academies in Austria and South Africa were trailblazers in people development and are nationally accredited.

Online learning is another popular means of keeping our employees informed and up-to-date on a wide range of topics, and is constantly being developed to help staff in their work.

Place

SPAR is embedded in the communities in which it operates. This community involvement extends from supporting local suppliers and providing employment, to actively engaging with local and national charities.

SPAR is an important market place for local producers, with an ever-increasing range of local and regional products available. In Africa and China, SPAR has been at the forefront of pioneering initiatives to support local farmers.

Planet

At SPAR, we are constantly doing our best to minimise our impact on the environment. Important initiatives have been adopted by SPAR Partners to improve transport efficiency and reduce fuel usage in distribution. Improved route planning has been implemented, along with the widespread introduction of telematics to improve driving efficiency.

The introduction of LED lighting and increased natural lighting in stores has contributed to reducing energy use, as has the introduction of doors on chilled cabinets and covers on refrigeration units. We also see active engagement throughout our supply chain to reduce waste and eliminate landfill.