Tesco and multi-stakeholder initiatives for responsible sourcing

Last updated 01/02/2019 

Multi-stakeholder Initiatives

Tesco is a member of a number of multi-stakeholder platforms and collaborations that support our broader responsible sourcing strategy on high-risk supply chains, detailed below. Through these we are able to work together with other organisation including retailers, key suppliers and NGOs, to tackle issues that we cannot address alone. These initiatives undertake a number of activities from advocacy toward governments, working to understand the position of women in agriculture, to ensuring greater transparency and addressing issues facing small-scale producers.

Aldersgate Group

The Aldersgate Group is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society that drives action for a sustainable economy. Members include some of the largest businesses in the UK with a collective global turnover of over £400bn, leading NGOs, professional institutes, public sector bodies, trade bodies and politicians from across the political spectrum. 

Better Cotton Initiative

The goal of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. As a BCI member, we have committed to sourcing all our F&F cotton responsibly by 2020.

CBI’s Energy and Climate Change Committee

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is the UK's premier business organisation, providing a voice for firms at a regional, national and international level to policymakers.  Its purpose - helping business create a more prosperous society.

Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by our members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries. The CGF has a number of important commitments including a commitment to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, to eradicate forced labour from member value chains, and to implement The Priority Industry Principles in members’ value chains and operations. These focus on ensuring that every worker has freedom of movement, no worker pays for a job and no worker should be indebted or coerced.

Cool Farm Alliance

The Cool Farm Alliance is a not-for-profit which aims to enable farmers around the world to reduce their environmental impact. Members include other retailers and food companies, including major brands like PepsiCo as well as smaller Tesco suppliers, NGOs and other industry bodies. It owns the Cool Farm Tool, an online carbon calculator which we and other members use with members in various agricultural supply chains. Tesco was one of the founding members in 2012.    

Corporate Leaders Group

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) is a select group of European business leaders working together under the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to advocate solutions on climate change to policymakers and business peers within the EU and globally. 

Ethical Tea Partnership/UNICEF

Tesco is a founding sponsor of the partnership between UNICEF and the Ethical Tea Partnership that seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Assam’s tea communities. Together we have equipped more than 33,000 adolescent girls with the knowledge and skills for a better future, free from violence, abuse and exploitation. In addition, 30,000 community members have been empowered to protect children across more than one hundred tea gardens. We have also worked with state and district governments to deliver quality services for children and influence national government.

Ethical Trading Initiative 

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. The ETI provides a platform to collectively tackle issues that cannot be addressed by individual companies working alone. All corporate members of ETI agree to adopt the ETI Base Code of labour practice, which is based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The ETI supports businesses to take the most effective steps to implement the Base Code in their supply chains. Tesco have been members since 1998.

Global Coffee Platform

Tesco joined the Global Coffee Platform in 2018. The GCP focuses on enabling its members and partners (producers, international roasters,  traders, donors, NGOs, and governments) to align and multiply their efforts and investments, collectively act on local priorities and critical issues, and scale successful sustainability initiatives across the sector. As the first UK retailer to join the Global Coffee Platform, Tesco embraces the exchange of good practice to create a resilient, sustainable coffee industry.

Project Issara

The Issara Institute is an independent NGO based in Southeast Asia tackling issues of trafficking and forced labour through data, technology, partnership, and innovation. Issara links global brands and retailers, regional suppliers, technical experts, and local service providers to coordinate targeted action to eliminate trafficking in global supply chains. Tesco have been supporting the project since 2014. 


Run by the campaigning organisation The Climate Group, this campaign aims to accelerate the scale-up of renewable power to help deliver a better, healthier and more sustainable world. It encourages business to sign up to sourcing 100% Renewable Electricity, Tesco has signed up to achieve this by 2030.

Science-based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

It is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The initiative’s overall aim is that by 2020, science-based target setting will become standard business practice and corporations will play a major role in driving down global greenhouse gas emissions. Tesco set ambitious science-based carbon reduction commitments in 2017.

Stronger Together

Tesco have been a project sponsor of Stronger Together (S2G) since 2013. S2G is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery. They provide guidance, resources and a network for employers, labour providers, workers and their representatives to work together to reduce exploitation.

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is a not-for-profit and is the primary global food & drink value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture. It has over 90 members, including major brands and retailers. SAI Platform develops tools and guidance to support global and local sustainable sourcing and agriculture practices. Tesco joined in 2016.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership's (SFP) mission is to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming. Since its founding in 2006, SFP has been leading and catalyzing fishery and aquaculture improvement projects globally by convening, educating, and advising supply chain stakeholders.

SFP works with Tesco’s suppliers to collect data on our seafood sourcing through SFP Metrics, and to promote improvement in our source fisheries.

Sustainable Seafood Coalition

Tesco have been a member of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) since 2011. The Coalition is a partnership of UK businesses that works to ensure a healthy future for our oceans, with the vision that all fish and seafood sold in the UK comes from sustainable sources. Our membership forms part of our broader strategy on responsibly sourcing seafood.

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders so that businesses are supported to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and by taking strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.

World Banana Forum

The World Banana Forum (WBF) is a not for profit organisation housed with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) which is part of the UN. The Forum brings together businesses, trade unions and NGOs that seeks to make industry level improvements in the banana sector. As a major buyer of bananas our membership is part of our overall corporate approach to responsibly sourcing bananas. We have been a member since 2012.  

World Cocoa Foundation

Tesco has been a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) since 2015. This multi-stakeholder industry platform seeks to create a sustainable and profitable cocoa economy, thereby improving the lives of cocoa producers and their families. Through our membership, sourcing and work with our suppliers, we support the work of the Foundation, increasing positive impact on cocoa production and on the communities that depend on it. Through the WCF we are able to advocate towards governments for better support for small-scale farmers.   


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