Asda is celebrating International Women’s Day today with the launch of several initiatives to recognise women’s equality.

Asda already runs a range of flexible working policies designed to ensure its staff can achieve a positive work life balance, including flexible working, career breaks, and ‘first day of school’ leave.

It is also launching a Mum2Mum mentoring scheme to support women returning to work. It was created to counteract the dips in confidence and motivation while on maternity leave. It includes mentoring sessions, a 12-month programme of support, and an online network to keep in touch.

Asda’s mission is to become the best place for women to work, to achieve parity of recruitment, promotion and retention.

It runs a ‘Women in Leadership’ programme supporting women in leadership at all levels.

Today, Tuesday March 8, staff have been invited to its Leeds head office to attend career development sessions.

All of its female store managers will be able to take part in the day’s activities, and external speakers include career coach Karyl Innes.

Vikki Gartside, head of resourcing at Asda said: “International Women’s Day is about celebrating the achievements of women and at Asda we have a real commitment to ensuring women have the opportunity to progress and develop their careers.

“Both male and female colleagues are welcome to attend these sessions as it’s about recognising that the best businesses are diverse businesses, and in order to create that diversity, you need to work hard to make sure everyone has the right environment and support to grow.”