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Sustainable sourcing

A sustainable agricultural supply chain needs to be economically viable, socially responsible and ecologically sound. 

The global food sector is responsible for over one third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1 , requires 70% of our freshwater resources2 , contributes to the pollution of waterways and is responsible for over 60% of global biodiversity loss3 . Ensuring everyone has access to a healthy, nutritious diet in a way that’s ethically produced, good to the environment, and economically sustainable is one of the greatest challenges facing the farming sector. Through sustainable farming, our supply chains can be part of the solution.

We are working to make our supply chains part of the solution through sustainable agriculture.

100 %

palm oil has sustainability certification according to RSPO standards (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil Production) or sustainability certification supporting small-scale farmers (RSPO Independent Smallholder Credits)

100 %

of our own brand paper/wood products is FSC/PEFC certified or made from a recycled source

We know our customers are concerned about how their food is produced and whilst we are proud of the standards we work to; we always strive to do better. We recognise the important role we can play in transforming the food production system to work with the environment and ensure high animal welfare standards while also supporting farmers commercially. Tesco can play an important role in tackling both the climate and nature crises, and we are developing ambitious strategies for both. Our plan for climate will tackle our Scope 3 emissions, working towards our target of net zero across our value chain by 2050, aligned to 1.5-degrees, while our upcoming nature strategy will look to ensure we are playing our part in tackling biodiversity loss.

Tesco is committed to the sustainable sourcing of all commodities in its supply chain, even those that are indirectly supplied to us. For our key forest risk commodities, we are committed to eliminating deforestation and ecosystem conversion in the sourcing of soy, palm and timber.

All Tesco products contain wood, paper, pulp and cellulose fibres are made from material which is FSC or PEFC certified. It covers products like Babies’ diapers, wet wipes, toilet paper, kitchen towels, tissues, napkins, wooden toys, paper stationary products.

We have already extended the number of products with certified paper primary packaging across all categories. Our plan is to use more certified secondary packaging in all food and non-food categories as well.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 2 Zero Hunger

The objective supports sustainable agriculture. Goal no. 2.4 is aimed at implementing sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices that will increase productivity, gradually improve soil quality and help preserve ecosystems that strengthen the ability to adapt to climate change.

SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation

The goal focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Goal no. 6.4 talks about increasing the efficiency of water use and ensuring the sustainable extraction of drinking water so that its shortage is solved. We consider it important to ensure sustainable water management within our operational activities and also in terms of the functioning of our supply chain, and therefore to protect this resource for future generations.


SDG 12 Responsible Production and Consumption

The goal focuses on ensuring sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources, reducing waste production and related environmental damage. Our sustainable agriculture agenda promotes sustainable production, efficiency and waste minimization.

SDG 15 Life on Land

The goal focuses on protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of ecosystems, sustainable forestry, combating land degradation and halting the loss of biodiversity. We are committed to supporting a food production system that is in line with the principles of ecosystem protection and biodiversity support.

SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals

The goal recognizes the importance of collaboration. Our principles, strategies and commitments to sustainable agriculture, responsible farming and animal welfare have been developed based on the input, knowledge and expertise of our colleagues, farmers, suppliers and NGO partners.


1 OSN 2 Our World in Data 3 Chatham House