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Who we are and why we’re here.

As we approach 190 years since the Retail Trust was founded in 1832, it’s worth remembering how our very first Chairman Thomas Helps described the purpose of the charity:

“To promote the happiness and interests of those engaged in the trade, whose industry, integrity, and character were too often insufficient to rescue them from suffering and want.”

This still holds true today. It guides everything we do, why we do it and what we believe in. In fact we believe in it so passionately, our charity has become a movement with a very clear cause.

Our cause.

To create hope, health and happiness for everyone in retail.

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From frontline workers to senior leaders, whether at the start or end of your retail career, we put you at the heart of everything we do. Your health and wellbeing is the foundation you need to flourish in work and life. It is also critical to the ongoing success of retail. 

Our beliefs.

Our beliefs reflect those of the original founders in 1832 and are as relevant now as they were back then. They guide the way we behave with one another, our partners and colleagues in retail. 

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Championing health in retail 

Since 1832 we have been championing health in retail. We are always looking for new opportunities to help and provide hope to our people. 

All in 

One Trust. We’re at our best when we are collaborating seamlessly together with our partners and customers to look after the health of our people.

Transforming lives for good 

We make a difference by empowering people to lead happier lives. And we follow through on our word, always. 

Find out more about us.