In July 2021, we announced a partnership with the WWF with the long-term goal of supporting the transition to affordable and sustainable everyday shopping options in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
WWF, an independent conservation organization that is active in nearly 100 countries, works to preserve the natural world for the benefit of humans and wildlife, protect and restore habitats, halt mass wildlife extinctions, and ensure the sustainable way we produce and consume. Our shared ambition is to reduce the impact of food production on the planet and support the transition to more sustainable consumption and production is the springboard for our long-term cooperation.
At Tesco, we are aware of the negative impacts of modern food production and consumption on the planet. For many years, we have been consciously working to reduce our own impact on the environment.
Our partnership with WWF in Central Europe will focus on three key areas:
- Raising awareness among Tesco employees of the role they can play in reducing the impact of the company's operations on the environment and nature;
- Promoting customer interest and raising their awareness of day-to-day decisions about sustainable food;
- Working with suppliers and partners to raise awareness of sustainable manufacturing best practices and provide affordable options for shoppers.
6 tips for Healthy and Sustainable eating according to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
The way we eat is changing our planet, and so our food system is becoming the biggest challenge for nature. WWF has therefore created a set of 6 easy-to-remember principles that we can follow every day to consciously decide what and how we eat. By adopting these six simple rules, each of us can change our health and the health of the planet:
1. Eat more plant-based foods
As global meat consumption increased by 500% between 1992 and 2016, it is clear that we need to balance our diet by prioritizing plant-based foods.
2. Make sure your diet is varied
75% of the world's food supply comes from only twelve plants and five species of animals. The lack of food diversity is harmful to nature and also threatens food safety.
3. Waste less food
Food waste is a big problem. Up to 30% of the food produced is thrown away, which has a very negative impact on the environment.
4. Consume less meat
More often enjoy foods that, like meat, are a source of protein. These include, for example, peas, beans and nuts.
5. Buy certified food
Sustainable production certificates ensure that the food you buy is produced by companies that adhere to fair trade and strive to minimize the environmental impact of production.
6. Eat less foods high in fat, salt and sugar
Keep cakes, sweets, chocolate, dried meats, chips and chips to a minimum. Bet on clean water and avoid sweetened drinks.
Recently published data from joint research by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Tesco - Driven to Waste estimates that nearly a tenth of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of food waste. The report shows how important it is to reduce food losses and waste throughout the supply chain, not just in retail and end consumers.
By 2030, a chain that includes actors ranging from agriculture, through the processing, production, sale of food, to the preparation and consumption of food, if it does not change established habits, will become the largest source of global emissions, surpassing the aviation industry. Tesco is not only working to reduce food waste in its own operations but is also working with its suppliers to reduce food waste. Tesco's 80 suppliers publish data on food waste and progress is being made towards reducing food waste; 16 of these suppliers are based in Central Europe, some directly in the Slovak Republic.