Leading retail industry figures, including ASOS chief executive officer Nick Beighton and British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson are to headline the retailTRUST’s 2021 virtual event – designed to champion the health and wellbeing of retail workers.
Set to run on 10 and 11 May, the Championing the health of retail event will feature inspiring speeches and panel sessions from a wide range of high-profile figures, also including The John Lewis Partnership’s people director Jo Walmsley, Very’s culture and communications director Lauren Young and Mental health advocate and former political aide Alastair Campbell.
Together they will speak about the mental health pressures facing the UK’s more than four million retail workers following record demand for retailTRUST’s wellbeing and financial services over the last year and the measures “that can be taken to build hope, health and happiness,” for the sector’s workers.
Keynote speaker and Morrisons chief executive David Potts, said: “This has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone in retail.
“Health, wellbeing and especially mental health must continue to be at the very centre of the retail conversation as we make plans for the route out of Covid and prepare to come back stronger.”
More than 1,000 employees from over 200 companies attended last year’s digital event run by retailTRUST to support the four in four people who will experience a setback or difficult life event that will affect their mental and physical wellbeing.
Chris Brook-Carter, retailTRUST chief executive, said: “Retail is the country’s biggest private sector employer and its people are our greatest asset.
“It has never been more important for the industry to come together in this way to understand how we can really look after and protect our colleagues.
“As a charity we have responded to an incredible demand for our services since the start of the pandemic and it is clear that the retail sector now has a huge role to play in building hope, health and happiness as we move out of this crisis, which is what this event will focus on.
“One in four UK adults experiences a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime but four in four, so every single one of us, will experience a major setback or life event that can affect our mental and physical wellbeing. This is why retailTRUST stands #forthefour.”