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Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 - they contain 169 sub targets to be achieved by 2030.

The SDGs address the global challenges we face and cover social, environmental and economic development issues such as poverty, education, inequality, climate, water and food crises. They 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. As such, we have mapped the Little Helps Plan to the SDGs to provide a further focus for our activity. 

Tesco contributes in different ways and to different degrees to all of 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.

The key SDGs to which our Little Helps Plan aligns are:

SDG 2: Zero Hunger, through our work to minimise food waste and redistribute surplus from our business

SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing, reflecting how we support our colleagues to live healthier lives and help our customers make healthier food choices every time they shop with us.

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy,reflecting the progress we’ve made to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources.

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, against which we’re working to help our colleagues succeed by providing them with the flexibility, skills and reward to ‘get on’, and also to ensure international human rights standards are respected at all our suppliers’ sites.

SDG 12: Responsible production and consumption, against which we’ve mapped our ambitions to help halve global food waste, farm to fork, by 2030, and to make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025.

SDG 13: Climate Action, where we aim to reduce absolute carbon emissions from our operations from 2015 levels: 35% by 2020, 60% by 2025 and 100% by 2050.

SDG 14: Life below water, to which we’ve mapped our ambition to sustainably-source all our wild fish.

SDG 15: Life on land, reflecting our ambition to achieve zero net deforestation in our supply chain by 2020.