The network of workforce integration stores employs people with disabilities.
Arteixo, Spain, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex has opened a new store under the umbrella of its workforce integration programme, ‘for&from’. The new establishment, devoted to the Tempe brand – the Inditex company which designs, markets and distributes footwear and accessories sold by all of the Group’s brands, has a headcount of nine people with some form of physical or intellectual disability and is located in the Style Outlets shopping centre in the town of Culleredo (A Coruña).
A Coruna’s first ‘for&from’ store marks the third opened under this programme in Galicia and the ninth Group-wide. True to the management model used across all the establishments operated under this formula, it sells prior-season products at discounted prices. The profits earned are then earmarked to fund new community initiatives.
The overriding goal of the ‘for&from’ project is to create jobs for people with disabilities in a favourable environment designed to facilitate their integration into society by enabling, to the extent possible, a transition to employment in ordinary stores. COGAMI and APSA, two Spanish associations with proven track records working with the disabled which have been collaborating with the ‘for&from’ initiative for years, assisted with hiring and training the new store’s employees.
The Tempe ‘for&from’ store in Culleredo, with a floor space stretching 400 m2, was designed with cutting-edge accessibility criteria in mind, layering in multiple architectural solutions such as Braille signage, shape- and colour-configured label reading and a friendly store layout and fixtures for customers with reduced mobility in order to adapt the space for a range of disabilities.
Thirteen years creating jobs for the disabled
With this new opening, Inditex’s ‘for&from’ workplace integration programme now employs 69 people with some form of physical or intellectual disability across nine stores operated under several of the Group’s retail trademarks. Elsewhere, ‘for&from’ runs three stores in Palafolls, Barcelona (Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Oysho); two in Allariz, Ourense (Massimo Dutti and Tempe); one Tempe store in Elche, Alicante; one Stradivarius store in Manresa, Barcelona; and one Massimo Dutti store in Llagostera, Girona.
In addition to demonstrating its ability to improve the quality of living of people with disabilities since it was created in 2002, the ‘for&from’ programme constitutes an important source of financing for Inditex’s partner charities and for getting new community projects off the ground.
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