PLC | Sustainability

Sustainability

From climate change to health and waste to diversity.

We've built sustainability into our purpose, strategy and business plans.
We know that our business depends on the world around us.
As the UK's largest retailer, we know we can make a big difference.

Our commitment to operating in a responsible and sustainable way reflect our values.
And they are the responsibility of everyone at Tesco.

The food sector both contributes to climate change and is vulnerable to

its effects.

We were the

first business

to set a zero carbon goal back in 2009.

Since 2015 we've reduced Group Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 52%.

We aim to be carbon neutral

by 2035.

But we know most of our emissions come from our supply chain and in our customers' homes. 

We are working with suppliers and partners to deliver our goal to be net zero from farm to fork by 2050.

Climate change

So much effort goes into growing food. But 40% of it is lost or wasted globally.1

At the same time, 7 million people in the UK struggle to afford to eat.2

We believe food should never go to waste. 

We redistribute 83% of unsold food that is safe to eat.

Read about all the ways we combat food waste

We play a vital role in local communities, through the people we employ, businesses we work with, and the causes we support.

Since 2015 we've supported tens of thousands of community projects with more than £97m in grants. Through our partnerships with food banks we've donated 52.6 million meals in unsold food from our stores. We're also commited to helping at times of local crisis through our partnership with the British Red Cross and other humanitarian partners.

Affordable, healthy, sustainably produced food should be accessible to everyone - whoever they are, wherever they live, whatever their budget.

We've removed over 59 billion calories from the food we sell since 2018 through our product reformulation programme. We've set ambitious new targets to increase the sales of healthy products across our markets. We're also encouraging our customers to try more plant-based diets that are kinder on the planet.

We want to reflect and embrace the people and places we serve in all their diversity, 83% of Tesco colleagues agree that there is an inclusive culture at Tesco.

We launched our first "If Not Now When?" report on our progress towards Black inclusion, and are the first major employer in Central Europe to voluntarily publish gender pay data.

We’ve been leading on sustainability for two decades.

Explore just a few of our key highlights...

  1. Introduced our first emissions reduction targets and started measuring and reporting our emissions

  2. Became the first business globally to set the target to become net zero across Group operations by 2050

  3. First retailer in the UK to publish data on food waste within our own operations

  4. Announced science-based targets for own operations and our supply chain and switched to 100% renewable electricity in the UK

  5. First UK supermarket to launch dedicated Own Brand vegan food range, Wicked Kitchen

  6. Launched 4R strategy -remove, reduce, reuse and recycle to tackle plastic waste

  7. Our business in Central Europe achieved the UN SDG target to halve food waste by 2030 ten years ahead of target horizon

  8. Announced our accelerated Group carbon neutral by 2035 target and net zero by 2050 supply chain target, aligned with a 1.5C pathway

  9. Announced our healthy sustainable diets strategy with commitments on increasing sales of healthy products

Our actions add up to positive change

But we're not stopping there.

We’re in a critical decade, so we're setting ambitious targets to change the food system for the better.