UN Sustainable Development Goals
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better future for all. They are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and contain 169 sub targets to be achieved by 2030.
They address the global challenges we face and cover social, environmental and economic development issues such as poverty, education, inequality, climate, water and food crises. The SDGs provide a focus for how businesses, governments and civil society can tackle these challenges in order to promote a more sustainable future for all.
The Little Helps Plan is a core part of our business and helps us to deliver our purpose of serving shoppers a little better every day. It focuses on responding to the global challenges affecting our business, suppliers, customers, colleagues and other stakeholders and the SDGs have helped to inform our thinking about where we can play a role and make the biggest difference.
Tesco contributes in different ways and to different degrees to all the SDGs. In line with UN Global Compact guidance, we have identified which goals are particularly relevant to us: where expectations, risks and opportunities for Tesco are greatest, and where we can make the most significant contribution.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact we submit a Communication on Progress (CoP) to the UNGC annually, highlighting the actions we have undertaken in support of the Ten Principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. Within the CoP we also outline the ways in which we are supporting the SDGs.