Our approach

We work in partnership with thousands of suppliers and producers to offer great quality, healthy and sustainable products to our customers at affordable prices. We want to give our customers peace of mind that the products they buy from us, no matter the range, are sourced with respect for the environment and people. In the UK, we are prioritising the environmental and social risks associated with 20 key products and ingredients.


As a food business our long-term success depends on the health of the natural environment. From the fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish we sell to the raw materials that go into our other products, they all come from natural ecosystems. We have prioritised the five environments on which we have an impact through our operations or sourcing: farmlands, forests, marine, freshwater and climate. In 2018 we announced a ground breaking partnership with WWF with the aim of halving the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket.

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Human Rights

One of our business values is that we treat people how they want to be treated. We want everyone who works for or with Tesco to have their human rights upheld and we know our customers, colleagues and suppliers do too. We believe our trade can be a force for good, creating jobs and opportunities for people and communities across the world. But we also want those jobs to be good jobs. Our human rights approach ensures clear standards are upheld around issues such as working hours, health and safety. We collaborate with the wider industry, NGOs and governments to address the root causes or entrenched human rights challenges.

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British Farming

Strong, trusted partnerships are essential to our supply chain. Our aim is to be British agriculture’s most trusted partner, helping to secure the future of farming, food and fisheries. Tesco supports a food and farming sector that generates value right through the supply chain and one way we are doing that is through our 10 Tesco Sustainable Farming Groups. The Groups, led by our suppliers, farmers and Tesco colleagues, are central to our work of building long-term relationships with our farmers and help drive improvements in quality, consistency and taste, as well as farm animal welfare.

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Targets and Actions


Targets and Actions Actions & KPIs

  1. 1
    Lead the industry in addressing the sustainability challenges in our supply chains starting with our most important products and ingredients

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  2. 2
    Build trusted partnerships with our suppliers
    Group: 77.5%
    Percentage of suppliers satisfied with working with Tesco (Supplier viewpoint)
  3. 3
    Ensure international human rights standards are respected at all our suppliers' sites
    UK: 98%
    Percentage of high risk tier 1 supplier sites having had an audit in the last year
    UK: 63%
    Percentage of high risk tier 1 supplier sites where critical non-conformances have been identified
    UK: 89%
    Percentage of tier 1 high risk sites where critical non-conformances have been identified and mitigation or remediation processes implemented on time
  4. 4
    Focus on the most serious risks to workers throughout our supply chains, working transparently with NGOs, unions and others to identify and address them
    Group: 24
    Number of collaborative initiatives to address entrenched risks
  5. 5
    Support sourcing communities facing complex social and environmental challenges

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  6. 6
    Reduce supply chain carbon emissions by 7% by 2020
    UK: 6.2%
    Percentage reduction in manufacturing emissions from key suppliers (Baseline 2015/16)
    UK: 50%
    Percentage of key suppliers measuring agricultural emissions
  7. 7
    Achieve zero net deforestation in our sourcing of raw materials by 2020
    UK: 100%
    ROI: 100%
    Central Europe: 100%
    Asia: 37%
    Percentage volume (tonnes) of palm oil certified to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil standard
    UK: 87%
    Percentage of paper/wood products certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or from a recycled source
    UK: 77%
    Percentage of soy (tonnes) for whole chicken products meeting our Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan
  8. 8
    Sustainably source all our wild fish
    UK: 72%
    Percentage of wild-caught seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) (tonnes)
  9. 9
    Improve water quality and biodiversity in key agricultural regions
    UK: 25
    Number of key suppliers with sustainable agriculture projects underway
  10. 10
    Treat all animals in our supply chain humanely at all life stages
    UK: 86%
    Percentage of audited sites that meet our animal welfare standards