Scally’s SuperValu has won a major international award for its autism-friendly initiatives at the 2019 IGD Awards, which recently took place at the Tobacco Dock, London.
The Clonakilty based store was named winner in the Diversity & Inclusion category at the awards which 'celebrate the best of the global food and consumer goods industry' at the gala event.
As part of SuperValu’s autism-friendly shopping programme, the Co.Cork store has provided specialised training to staff and organised autism-friendly shopping nights in the store.
“Winning this award demonstrates that by working together with our customers and the local community in Clonakilty to introduce autism-friendly initiatives, we can make a real, positive difference to people’s lives,” said Eugene Scally, Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty.
Autism-Friendly Shopping Programme
SuperValu’s autism programme is part of its commitment to building sustainable communities across Ireland. Following on from the launch of its in-store autism-friendly initiatives, last year, Scally’s worked together with autism charity AsIAm and other local businesses in the Cork town to gain recognition for Clonakilty as Ireland’s first autism-friendly town.
Scally’s innovative approach to inclusion has led to 10 other towns in Ireland becoming autism-friendly and 90 other SuperValu stores offering tailored services for people with autism.
The IGD Diversity & Inclusion Award win follows Scally’s SuperValu winning two categories at the Best in Fresh awards, where the store was recognised for Excellence in Fresh Food Retailing in a Large Supermarket and for Ireland’s Best Fresh Meat Offering.
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