Tesco and Society
What matters now:
Over 75 million shopping trips a week
Over 500,000 colleagues around the world
Over 6,500 stores
Suppliers in over 70 countries
This year, over 3 billion cases of good delivered
Food delivered to half a million homes a week
Our Three Big Ambitions
... by inspiring, equipping and enabling millions of young people to succeed in the world of work.
Across the world, many communities are suffering from crisis levels of youth unemployment.
As a major global retailer, we create opportunities wherever we operate - for colleagues in their careers, and for suppliers looking to grow their businesses.
But we want to do more and make a bigger contribution to this challenge.
... and through this help to tackle the global obesity crisis.
Health matters to all of us. We want to enjoy active and healthy lives. But many of us lack the money, time and motivation to make this our reality.
Food is at the centre of this challenge and for many people it is a highly emotive issues - not enough of the 'right' stuff, too much of the 'wrong' stuff.
As one of the world's biggest food providers, we want to help change this.
... by working with our producers and suppliers and helping the customers we serve to find ways to reduce food waste.
Around one third of the world's food is never eaten – it's thrown away or left to rot. At Tesco, we buy, move and sell food – it's what we do, and we do it at scale, all over the world.
This means we can find out where waste happend, and why. We can track down waste – from farmer's field to the customer's fridge.
Putting our customers first and working with our suppliers to innovate and provide high quality products
Aiming to be a zero-carbon business by 2050 and to use scarce resources responsibly, including in our supply chain
Creating inspiring work that makes our colleagues happy and proud of what they do
Being a good neighbour in our local communities and running our business to the highest standards
Trading is what we do at Tesco. We buy, move and sell products – at scale. Each week our customers make over 75 million shopping trips to buy products sourced from tens of thousands of suppliers, in over 70 countries around the world.
Nothing matters more to Tesco than the trust our customers place in us. If we are to thrive as a business, we must put our customers first and listen to their needs, their hopes and their concerns and respond to meet them.
We also know that our success as a business, and as an industry, is based on what we can offer customers. And what we can offer customers depends on how we work together as a supply chain.
Climate change is the biggest environmental threat the world faces. It will have a profound impact on the way we live – rising sea levels, extreme weather events, displaced populations, destruction of ecosystems, an impact on food production and increased water scarcity.
For many years, we have worked hard to reduce emissions in the fight against climate change. We recognise that our efforts to reduce our environmental impact need to go wider than our carbon footprint. They also need to cover other resources we rely on, ensuring we use them as efficiently as possible.
People are the foundation of our success and the key to our future. We employ over 500,000 colleagues worldwide. We want to support and inspire them with great leadership and the right training and development programmes so they are happy at work.
At the heart of this is one word: opportunity. Giving people opportunities is embedded in the character of our company. It means that if you are prepared to put the work in, there is always an opportunity to get on.
Our customers, colleagues and stakeholders expect us to live up to our responsibilities as a market leader by running our business in a responsible and accountable manner, taking a lead on issues of wider social concern and helping to build thriving local communities wherever we operate.
We must be a good corporate citizen in everything we do, from the way we run the business through to the way we work in every community.
At its simplest, being a good corporate citizen means making sure a strong governance framework is in place. And it is also about being in a good neighbour in every community in which we do business.
14 June 2013
Environment painting competition
Winners announced in our painting competition for children on reducing food waste
6 June 2013
Tesco Top Employer for Apprentices
'Employer of the Year 2013' at the City and Guilds' Lion Awards
23 May 2013
Better energy management
Our 24/7 real-time store energy management system
23 May 2013
Restoring food trust
The latest new controls, measurement and contracts across our supply chain.
05 June 2013
Reducing food loss and waste
Tesco's 'best in class' approach to date coding referenced in new study by UNEP and WRI
23 May 2013
Improving product profiling, labelling and reformulation
19 June 2013 By Paul Wilkinson
Behind the scenes at Tesco HQ teams of technology experts work away. Day in and day out they seek out and create the latest and very best technology. They play with it, adapt it and find out how it can make life better for customers and colleagues. No idea is too big, no thought unthinkable and no ambition too grand – well, almost.
14 June 2013 By Rebecca Shelley
In South Korea we run an "eParan Green Leaders programme" to educate children about the importance of looking after the environment and hope to create 100,000 Green Leaders by 2020. We recently ran a children's painting competition in Korea with the United Nations Environment Programme where the theme was "Reducing Food Waste", something which we really care about and where we can help to make a difference.
7 June 2013 By Beatrice Forrester
I suppose you could say I am still a bit of a newbie at Tesco; having been in the company just short of a year and on the graduate scheme since January. I initially joined the company on the first F&F clothing internship back in July 2012.