Kesko is the leading Finnish listed trading sector company. Kesko's operations include the grocery trade, the building and technical trade, and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners.
Kesko has over 1,500 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Belarus. Kesko and K-retailers form the K-Group, whose retail sales totalled about €11 billion (VAT 0%) in 2015. The K-Group employs around 45,000 people.
Competent, healthy employees create value for Kesko and K-store customers. The targets of increasing wellbeing at work include increasing staff commitment, promoting health, increasing the retirement age and enhancing the employer image, thereby raising labour productivity. In 2013, the K-Group was ranked as the ninth most attractive employer in Finland (Talentum Media/Kuulas Millward Brown 2013).
At Kesko Group, the counselling and guidance of employees, appraisal and prevention of work-related health risks and illnesses, including treatment of serious illnesses, in cooperation with the primary and specialised health care providers are part of the normal operations of the Occupational Health Service.
In Finland, approximately 10,200 (10,500 in 2014) Kesko Group employees were covered by Kesko’s in-house Occupational Health Service. In Finland, occupational health services for employees outside the Greater Helsinki area are mainly procured from other service providers. Centralised procurement and target-oriented management enable uniform contents and operating practices in occupational health care. In other countries, occupational health care is arranged according to local practice and legislation.
Labour protection activities are arranged separately by each company or place of business in compliance with local legislation. Outside the Nordic countries, labour protection matters are dealt with in workplace committees.
Kesko’s HR functions provide occupational safety training for Kesko employees and K-retailers. Different companies also arranged training sessions tailored to their needs.
Kesko has several offices in Finland, including Kesko Food's premises in Ruskeasuo, Helsinki, in the building complex called Neptun. Modern premises enable employees to work in an open-plan office or in quiet space when required. Neptun also houses a staff restaurant which provides a variety of lunch options every day.
K-kampus, the K-Group's new main office building, will be built in Kalasatama, Helsinki. The new, modern workplace of around 1,700 Kesko employees will be completed in spring 2019. The building project will be carried out in cooperation with Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company.