Tesco and WWF launch ground-breaking measure to map environmental impact of food production

The environmental impact of some of the UK’s most popular foods will be measured and, for the first time, tracked following the launch today of the Tesco and WWF Sustainable Basket Metric. The Metric will track the environmental impact of a sample of some of the most regularly purchased foods against key sustainability criteria, including climate change, deforestation and food and packaging waste. Tesco and WWF will run a first full assessment against the metric in early 2020 and publish the results. They will also then be able to confirm…

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Tesco announces support for funding to protect Cerrado region in Brazil

Tesco has become one of the first companies to lend its support to a new initiative designed to help end soy-associated deforestation in one of Brazil’s most important areas of biodiversity. Tesco’s £10 million contribution over five years to the Funding for Soy Farmers in the Cerrado initiative will support soy farmers in the Cerrado region of Brazil to protect native vegetation and transition to producing soy only on existing agricultural land. The retailer has been joined by the animal nutrition business, Nutreco, and Grieg Seafood in pledging funds to…

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Tesco adopts sunflower lanyard to help customers with hidden disabilities

Tesco has begun providing sunflower lanyards at all of its stores. The move is one of several to promote disability inclusion for customers and colleagues in 2020. Tesco has become a signatory to the Valuable 500 group of companies and pledged to create another 27 Changing Places toilets next year. The sunflower lanyard acts as a discreet sign that the wearer has a hidden disability and could require additional assistance. Tesco colleagues will be able to offer help such as speaking face-to-face to allow lip reading, packing bags and taking…

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Tesco announces major green power project in the UK

Tesco has announced a major green electricity project to source green electricity directly from wind farms, solar farms and solar panels on its own stores. The move is the next significant phase of the retailer’s commitment to use 100 per cent renewable electricity across the Tesco Group by 2030 and will save 90,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.  The project will see the creation of 5 onshore windfarms and 1 solar farm across the UK as well as solar panels fitted to 187 Tesco’s UK stores.  Combined, the new sources…

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UK will miss SDG on food waste unless mandatory reporting is introduced

The lack of data on progress towards reducing food waste is an obstacle to meeting the SDG 12.3 goal of halving food waste by 2030, according to a report published today by Champions 12.3. In the UK, 156 of the largest food companies have committed to reduce food waste, but less than a third are publishing their annual food waste data. Tesco was the first UK retailer to publish food waste data in 2013 and will today publish for the seventh year and announce: 27 own brand suppliers, accounting for…

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