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  • Overall approach
    5/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/4
      Zero net deforestation or, for soy, palm oil, leather and beef companies only, no deforestation of HCV and HCS forests
      2/4
      "We will meet our target to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, but we know there's more to do, so we've set ourselves an additional target to make sure that all our soy comes from whole regions that are verified as deforestation-free by 2025.We have called for our government to mandate food companies to ensure all food sold in the UK is deforestation-free."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; UN Global Compact
      "Tesco is actively engaged in all relevant industry initiatives, including the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)... Cerrado Manifesto" "Tesco has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2015". 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests play a critical role in our global ecosystem. They are the lungs of our planet. Today, forests cover 30% of the earth’s land surface, are a vital source of oxygen and home to 80% of earth’s biodiversity, including many endangered species. They also provide livelihoods for 1.6 billion people."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Leather; Timber; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      The Corporate Responsibility Committee - "Ensures that the Board maintains an adequate focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability matters, especially those that support Tesco’s strategy."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes, for all commodities
      0/0
      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Leather; Timber; Pulp & Paper

      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
      "There is also a strong link between pay and performance, and consideration is given to environmental, social and governance risks when determining Director remuneration."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      No
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "To reach our operational net zero goal by 2035 on a 1.5 degree pathway, we have set ourselves a 2025 target of 60% absolute carbon reduction from our own operations compared to our 2015 baseline. To deliver this target, our climate strategy aims to improve and transform our own operations and work collaboratively with our partners and the wider industry to decarbonise our supply chain.In 2020/21 we surpassed our 2020 milestone target for our own operations, with a 54% reduction in our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions across the Group compared to our 2015 baseline and a 10% reduction on 2019/20. Our 2020/21 Group Scope 1 and 2 emissions totalled 1,066,762 tCO2e."  
  • Commodity score
    37/88
    • Beef
      34/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net conversion
            6.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net conversion
            6.7/8
            "As a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil, soy, timber and beef by 2020." "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland.  Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            Sourcing from Europe only applies to Tesco UK, and for international stores, they only exclude Brazilian beef - "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "As a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil, soy, timber and beef by 2020." "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland.  Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "As a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil, soy, timber and beef by 2020." "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland.  Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland....Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland....Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland....Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland....Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We have a responsibility to respect the human rights of, and an opportunity to make a difference to, our colleagues, our customers, the communities we operate in and the people who work throughout our supply chain. [...] We are committed to upholding human rights and support in full the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination at work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          "We have been working to improve gender equality in some of our supply chains over a number of years. In March 2019, Tesco signed up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles[2] to reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. We have also reviewed our Human Rights policy,where gender equality is now one of four key focus areas (together with sustainable livelihoods, worker representation and forced labour). Through engagement with stakeholders, desk research and internal and external consultations, our activities in these food supply chains concentrates on 4 focus areas with the following key outcomes:Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination: Empowered workers who are aware of sexual harassment and discrimination, and where there are breaches, have access to remedyIncreasing women’s voices in the workplace: Increased participation of women in workplace dialogueEnabling women in leadership: Increased representation of women in senior management and technical rolesAddressing gender stereotypes: Gender diverse teams within workplaces." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "We recognize the need for workers to have access to UN Guiding Principle-compliant grievance mechanisms, and for remediation to be provided when human rights breaches occur. ...That’s why our team of 45 responsible sourcing specialists based across 9 key sourcing countries increases our ability to find out about local concerns, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders. They will investigate any issues of concern and will take appropriate remedial action. Where we identify clear cases of human rights abuses, we work to rectify those abuses and make sure that the harm inflicted on workers is put right, partnering with charities and NGOs as required."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "All our fresh beef sold in our Tesco UK retail stores comes from the UK or the Republic of Ireland....Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We also commissioned a specialist human rights consultancy to do an in-depth assessment of labour standards in the sites being proposed for supply. Those suppliers which failed to meet minimum ethical requirements were removed from the commercial review process... Eligible factories must have had independent audits and due diligence checks by our human rights experts. We then assess their management systems and support them to develop the correct internal mechanisms and processes to monitor and address human rights issues identified. All blue factories must conduct regular self-assessments and share their reports with us."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We have simplified our supply chain to help build stronger relationships with our farmers and suppliers and ensure that all our products are sourced responsibly and meet our exacting quality standards [...] Supplier audit programme - we work tirelessly with our suppliers to ensure that our quality standards are met. We run a bespoke due diligence audit programme that offers documented evidence of compliance to our standards and monitors continual improvement"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged; Yes, excluded
          2/2
          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: Not specified

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No - excluded one Brazilian supplier for corn beef
          "Until 2018, we did source Tesco UK Own Brand corned beef from one supplier in Brazil but our product only represented a small proportion of the supplier’s business overall. Therefore, with little leverage to change practices with this supplier and meet our 2020 zero deforestation target, we decided to switch our corned beef sourcing to Europe for both our Tesco Own Brand and also for supplier branded corned beef. We have also ensured that we do not sell any Brazilian beef products in our international retail stores as well."
    • Palm oil
      58/88
      • Commitment Strength
        16/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net conversion
            5/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net conversion
            5/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil.. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) we committed to achieve this by 2020. Tesco is also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which supports sustainable palm oil production, and we delivered on our 2020 ambition by sourcing 100% RSPO certified oil for Tesco Own Brand products."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil.. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) we committed to achieve this by 2020. Tesco is also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which supports sustainable palm oil production, and we delivered on our 2020 ambition by sourcing 100% RSPO certified oil for Tesco Own Brand products."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil.. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) we committed to achieve this by 2020. Tesco is also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which supports sustainable palm oil production, and we delivered on our 2020 ambition by sourcing 100% RSPO certified oil for Tesco Own Brand products."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Tesco is committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of palm oil.. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) we committed to achieve this by 2020. Tesco is also a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which supports sustainable palm oil production, and we delivered on our 2020 ambition by sourcing 100% RSPO certified oil for Tesco Own Brand products."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "As a first step to achieving zero deforestation in the production of palm oil we use palm oil that is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Tesco has been a member of the RSPO since 2006. The RSPO certification covers strict standards on: Deforestation and planting of palm oil – no new planting allowed in place of primary forest or areas of high conservation value since 2005 and a ban on the use of fire to clear land."; "100% of the palm oil used in our UK Own Brand products is certified to the RSPO standard, and we are working to achieve RSPO certified palm oil for all our international businesses."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "As a first step to achieving zero deforestation in the production of palm oil we use palm oil that is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Tesco has been a member of the RSPO since 2006. The RSPO certification covers strict standards on: Deforestation and planting of palm oil – no new planting allowed in place of primary forest or areas of high conservation value since 2005 and a ban on the use of fire to clear land."; "100% of the palm oil used in our UK Own Brand products is certified to the RSPO standard, and we are working to achieve RSPO certified palm oil for all our international businesses."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "As a first step to achieving zero deforestation in the production of palm oil we use palm oil that is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Tesco has been a member of the RSPO since 2006. The RSPO certification covers strict standards on: Deforestation and planting of palm oil – no new planting allowed in place of primary forest or areas of high conservation value since 2005 and a ban on the use of fire to clear land."; "100% of the palm oil used in our UK Own Brand products is certified to the RSPO standard, and we are working to achieve RSPO certified palm oil for all our international businesses."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          3/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            "While certification status is an important starting point for delivering our commitment, we recognize the importance of mapping further information about the palm oil and soy used in our supply chain. This includes countries of origin and the names of the companies responsible for importing these commodities into the markets where we operate. This visibility helps us to achieve our zero deforestation objectives at both geographic and industry levels". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "While certification status is an important starting point for delivering our commitment, we recognize the importance of mapping further information about the palm oil and soy used in our supply chain. This includes countries of origin and the names of the companies responsible for importing these commodities into the markets where we operate. This visibility helps us to achieve our zero deforestation objectives at both geographic and industry levels". 
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        18/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We have a responsibility to respect the human rights of, and an opportunity to make a difference to, our colleagues, our customers, the communities we operate in and the people who work throughout our supply chain. [...] We are committed to upholding human rights and support in full the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination at work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Certification
          "We will encourage innovative solutions for transforming the palm oil industry (e.g. jurisdictional sourcing, greater inclusion of smallholders). [...] Palm oil production is driven by a range of producers, from large plantation companies to small-scale family farmers. Achieving sustainable production requires the engagement of all producers. [...] to meet the palm oil sustainability challenge, certification standards need to be continuously strengthened. Additionally, smallholders, who represent 40 per cent of global production must be supported to transition to sustainable production."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          "We have been working to improve gender equality in some of our supply chains over a number of years. In March 2019, Tesco signed up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles[2] to reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. We have also reviewed our Human Rights policy,where gender equality is now one of four key focus areas (together with sustainable livelihoods, worker representation and forced labour). Through engagement with stakeholders, desk research and internal and external consultations, our activities in these food supply chains concentrates on 4 focus areas with the following key outcomes:Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination: Empowered workers who are aware of sexual harassment and discrimination, and where there are breaches, have access to remedyIncreasing women’s voices in the workplace: Increased participation of women in workplace dialogueEnabling women in leadership: Increased representation of women in senior management and technical rolesAddressing gender stereotypes: Gender diverse teams within workplaces." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "We recognize the need for workers to have access to UN Guiding Principle-compliant grievance mechanisms, and for remediation to be provided when human rights breaches occur. ...That’s why our team of 45 responsible sourcing specialists based across 9 key sourcing countries increases our ability to find out about local concerns, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders. They will investigate any issues of concern and will take appropriate remedial action. Where we identify clear cases of human rights abuses, we work to rectify those abuses and make sure that the harm inflicted on workers is put right, partnering with charities and NGOs as required."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "The RSPO certification covers strict standards on: ... free, prior and informed consent ... 100% of the palm oil used in our UK Own Brand products is certified to the RSPO standard, and we are working to achieve RSPO certified palm oil for all our international businesses."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        24/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "We will continue to source only RSPO certified for our Tesco Own Brand products containing palm oil. In 2019, 100% of our Tesco Own Brand products containing palm oil both in the UK and our international markets were RSPO certified...From 2021, we will be further strengthening our UK palm oil policy by requiring all palm oil used in our Tesco UK Own Brand products to come from an RSPO certified Segregated source (where feasible)"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Tesco PLC report in their 2020 RSPO ACOP report total palm oil volume of 31490 tonnes, all of which is RSPO certified.  
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "While certification status is an important starting point for delivering our commitment, we recognize the importance of mapping further information about the palm oil and soy used in our supply chain. This includes countries of origin and the names of the companies responsible for importing these commodities into the markets where we operate. This visibility helps us to achieve our zero deforestation objectives at both geographic and industry levels". 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "We will continue to source only RSPO certified for our Tesco Own Brand products containing palm oil. In 2019, 100% of our Tesco Own Brand products containing palm oil both in the UK and our international markets were RSPO certified...From 2021, we will be further strengthening our UK palm oil policy by requiring all palm oil used in our Tesco UK Own Brand products to come from an RSPO certified Segregated source (where feasible)"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Third party certification

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO 
            Tesco PLC report in their 2020 RSPO ACOP report total palm oil volume of 31490 tonnes, all of which is RSPO certified.  
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "We are also leading members of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition which provides an annual ranking of the zero deforestation performance of palm oil companies to enable members of the coalition, like ourselves, to ensure that our suppliers are sourcing palm oil from companies that are making progress on their zero deforestation commitments."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Palm Oil Transparency Coalition

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Tesco is a founding member of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC). Through our current role as Chair of this group, we have been able to effectively engage and work with the traders present in our supply chain."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Tesco PLC report in their 2020 RSPO ACOP report total palm oil volume of 31490 tonnes, all of which is RSPO certified.  
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          Tesco PLC report in their 2020 RSPO ACOP report total palm oil volume of 31490 tonnes, all of which is RSPO certified.  
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We also commissioned a specialist human rights consultancy to do an in-depth assessment of labour standards in the sites being proposed for supply. Those suppliers which failed to meet minimum ethical requirements were removed from the commercial review process... Eligible factories must have had independent audits and due diligence checks by our human rights experts. We then assess their management systems and support them to develop the correct internal mechanisms and processes to monitor and address human rights issues identified. All blue factories must conduct regular self-assessments and share their reports with us."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua new Guinea, Solomon Islands, Liberia
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "Supplier audit programme - we work tirelessly with our suppliers to ensure that our quality standards are met. We run a bespoke due diligence audit programme that offers documented evidence of compliance to our standards and monitors continual improvement". 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net conversion
            5/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net conversion
            5/6
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Tesco has committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified
             "Tesco has committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020." 
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
             "Tesco has committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            "Tesco has committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We have a responsibility to respect the human rights of, and an opportunity to make a difference to, our colleagues, our customers, the communities we operate in and the people who work throughout our supply chain. [...] We are committed to upholding human rights and support in full the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination at work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          "We have been working to improve gender equality in some of our supply chains over a number of years. In March 2019, Tesco signed up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles[2] to reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. We have also reviewed our Human Rights policy,where gender equality is now one of four key focus areas (together with sustainable livelihoods, worker representation and forced labour). Through engagement with stakeholders, desk research and internal and external consultations, our activities in these food supply chains concentrates on 4 focus areas with the following key outcomes:Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination: Empowered workers who are aware of sexual harassment and discrimination, and where there are breaches, have access to remedyIncreasing women’s voices in the workplace: Increased participation of women in workplace dialogueEnabling women in leadership: Increased representation of women in senior management and technical rolesAddressing gender stereotypes: Gender diverse teams within workplaces." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "We recognize the need for workers to have access to UN Guiding Principle-compliant grievance mechanisms, and for remediation to be provided when human rights breaches occur. ...That’s why our team of 45 responsible sourcing specialists based across 9 key sourcing countries increases our ability to find out about local concerns, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders. They will investigate any issues of concern and will take appropriate remedial action. Where we identify clear cases of human rights abuses, we work to rectify those abuses and make sure that the harm inflicted on workers is put right, partnering with charities and NGOs as required."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Tesco’s target is for 100% of assessed lines of paper/wood products to be FSC/PEFC or from a recycled source across the Group. In 20/21, 99% of assessed lines were certified FSC or PEFC or were from recycled sources."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC and PEFC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC and PEFC
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Third party certification 

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC or PEFC 

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 99%
            "Tesco’s target is for 100% of assessed lines of paper/wood products to be FSC/PEFC or from a recycled source across the Group. In 20/21, 99% of assessed lines were certified FSC or PEFC or were from recycled sources."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 99% of lines
          Percentage of lines, not volume: "For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We also commissioned a specialist human rights consultancy to do an in-depth assessment of labour standards in the sites being proposed for supply. Those suppliers which failed to meet minimum ethical requirements were removed from the commercial review process... Eligible factories must have had independent audits and due diligence checks by our human rights experts. We then assess their management systems and support them to develop the correct internal mechanisms and processes to monitor and address human rights issues identified. All blue factories must conduct regular self-assessments and share their reports with us."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We have simplified our supply chain to help build stronger relationships with our farmers and suppliers and ensure that all our products are sourced responsibly and meet our exacting quality standards [...] Supplier audit programme - we work tirelessly with our suppliers to ensure that our quality standards are met. We run a bespoke due diligence audit programme that offers documented evidence of compliance to our standards and monitors continual improvement"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      39/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net conversion
            6.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net conversion
            6.7/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of soy. Beyond our supply chain, we work collectively at an industry level and with other stakeholders (such as NGOs and governments), because we recognise that developing the right conditions for a sustainable soy market requires effective collaboration". "Ambition: All soymeal in our UK supply chain to come from verified zero deforestation areas by 2025...Key phases towards 2025: Phase 1: transition to zero deforestation soy credits schemes, starting in 2018 Phase 2: transition to Area Mass Balance (or Mass Balance) certified soy, by end of 2020 Phase 3: transition to sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, by 2025". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            UK supply chain only
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of soy. Beyond our supply chain, we work collectively at an industry level and with other stakeholders (such as NGOs and governments), because we recognise that developing the right conditions for a sustainable soy market requires effective collaboration". "Ambition: All soymeal in our UK supply chain to come from verified zero deforestation areas by 2025...Key phases towards 2025: Phase 1: transition to zero deforestation soy credits schemes, starting in 2018 Phase 2: transition to Area Mass Balance (or Mass Balance) certified soy, by end of 2020 Phase 3: transition to sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, by 2025". 
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco committed to zero-net deforestation in our sourcing of soy. Beyond our supply chain, we work collectively at an industry level and with other stakeholders (such as NGOs and governments), because we recognise that developing the right conditions for a sustainable soy market requires effective collaboration". "Ambition: All soymeal in our UK supply chain to come from verified zero deforestation areas by 2025...Key phases towards 2025: Phase 1: transition to zero deforestation soy credits schemes, starting in 2018 Phase 2: transition to Area Mass Balance (or Mass Balance) certified soy, by end of 2020 Phase 3: transition to sourcing from verified zero deforestation areas, by 2025". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "As part of our Little Helps Plan, and through our membership of the Consumer Goods Forum, Tesco is committed to achieving zero deforestation throughout our value chain, including our sourcing of palm oil and soy. While certification status is an important starting point for delivering our commitment, we recognise the importance of mapping further information about the palm oil and soy used in our supply chain. This includes countries of origin and the names of the companies responsible for importing these commodities into the markets where we operate. This visibility helps us to achieve our zero deforestation objectives at both geographic and industry levels... In order to improve our transparency, we engage our direct product suppliers to map as much of this information as possible. The following slides present palm oil and soy mapping results so far based on data from the 2020 calendar year. "  
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "As part of our Little Helps Plan, and through our membership of the Consumer Goods Forum, Tesco is committed to achieving zero deforestation throughout our value chain, including our sourcing of palm oil and soy. While certification status is an important starting point for delivering our commitment, we recognise the importance of mapping further information about the palm oil and soy used in our supply chain. This includes countries of origin and the names of the companies responsible for importing these commodities into the markets where we operate. This visibility helps us to achieve our zero deforestation objectives at both geographic and industry levels... In order to improve our transparency, we engage our direct product suppliers to map as much of this information as possible... Some of the key successes of the group have included: • Pushing traders to publicly disclose their mill lists for the first time."  
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We have a responsibility to respect the human rights of, and an opportunity to make a difference to, our colleagues, our customers, the communities we operate in and the people who work throughout our supply chain. [...] We are committed to upholding human rights and support in full the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination at work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          "We have been working to improve gender equality in some of our supply chains over a number of years. In March 2019, Tesco signed up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles[2] to reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. We have also reviewed our Human Rights policy,where gender equality is now one of four key focus areas (together with sustainable livelihoods, worker representation and forced labour). Through engagement with stakeholders, desk research and internal and external consultations, our activities in these food supply chains concentrates on 4 focus areas with the following key outcomes:Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination: Empowered workers who are aware of sexual harassment and discrimination, and where there are breaches, have access to remedyIncreasing women’s voices in the workplace: Increased participation of women in workplace dialogueEnabling women in leadership: Increased representation of women in senior management and technical rolesAddressing gender stereotypes: Gender diverse teams within workplaces." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "We recognize the need for workers to have access to UN Guiding Principle-compliant grievance mechanisms, and for remediation to be provided when human rights breaches occur. ...That’s why our team of 45 responsible sourcing specialists based across 9 key sourcing countries increases our ability to find out about local concerns, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders. They will investigate any issues of concern and will take appropriate remedial action. Where we identify clear cases of human rights abuses, we work to rectify those abuses and make sure that the harm inflicted on workers is put right, partnering with charities and NGOs as required."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "Tesco’s 2020 Group soymeal footprint was 544,902 tonnes...100% of these soy volumes for relevant animal proteins met our Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan (UK) requirements and was certified to a Tesco approved scheme...Approximately 86% of this came from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)...99% of this soy is used as animal feed for chicken, pork, eggs, dairy, aquaculture, red meat (in order of decreasing soy volumes". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Cerrado Manifesto, Consumer Goods Forum Forest Positive Coalition, Retail Soy Group, WWF
          "Beyond our supply chain, we work collectively at an industry level and with other stakeholders (such as NGOs and governments), because we recognise that developing the right conditions for a sustainable soy market requires effective collaboration...We are a founding signatory of the Statement of Support for the Cerrado Manifesto, co-chair working groups of the Consumer Goods Forum Forest Positive Coalition and have an active role as a member of the Retail Soy Group amongst. Through these groups and others we collaborate with international and local stakeholders on industry transformation to halt deforestation in the Brazilian Cerrado and in other South American sourcing countries...we are working closely with many partners including suppliers, NGOs like WWF, advisors and competitors to develop and implement an industry wide transition plan. To read more about the plan please see our UK Zero Deforestation Soy Transition Plan and our associated Soymeal Supplier Requirements.
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 413,391 tonnes
          Within their 2021 report Tesco UK reported 413,391 tonnes with 61% being compliant with Tesco policy for physically deforestation free by 2025 and certified to a mass balance, area mass balance, or segregated supply chain
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What is the certified volume?: 252168.51 Tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 161222.49 tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 61%
          Within their 2021 report Tesco UK reported 413,391 tonnes with 61% being compliant with Tesco policy for physically deforestation free by 2025 and certified to a mass balance, area mass balance, or segregated supply chain. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We also commissioned a specialist human rights consultancy to do an in-depth assessment of labour standards in the sites being proposed for supply. Those suppliers which failed to meet minimum ethical requirements were removed from the commercial review process... Eligible factories must have had independent audits and due diligence checks by our human rights experts. We then assess their management systems and support them to develop the correct internal mechanisms and processes to monitor and address human rights issues identified. All blue factories must conduct regular self-assessments and share their reports with us."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, USA, Canada

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0 not specified
          "While certification status is an important starting point for delivering our commitment, we recognise the importance of mapping further information about the palm oil and soy used in our supply chain. This includes countries of origin and the names of the companies responsible for importing these commodities into the markets where we operate. This visibility helps us to achieve our zero deforestation objectives at both geographic and industry levels."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "We have simplified our supply chain to help build stronger relationships with our farmers and suppliers and ensure that all our products are sourced responsibly and meet our exacting quality standards [...] Supplier audit programme - we work tirelessly with our suppliers to ensure that our quality standards are met. We run a bespoke due diligence audit programme that offers documented evidence of compliance to our standards and monitors continual improvement"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Leather *
      15/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We have a responsibility to respect the human rights of, and an opportunity to make a difference to, our colleagues, our customers, the communities we operate in and the people who work throughout our supply chain. [...] We are committed to upholding human rights and support in full the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination at work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          "We have been working to improve gender equality in some of our supply chains over a number of years. In March 2019, Tesco signed up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles[2] to reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. We have also reviewed our Human Rights policy,where gender equality is now one of four key focus areas (together with sustainable livelihoods, worker representation and forced labour). Through engagement with stakeholders, desk research and internal and external consultations, our activities in these food supply chains concentrates on 4 focus areas with the following key outcomes:Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination: Empowered workers who are aware of sexual harassment and discrimination, and where there are breaches, have access to remedyIncreasing women’s voices in the workplace: Increased participation of women in workplace dialogueEnabling women in leadership: Increased representation of women in senior management and technical rolesAddressing gender stereotypes: Gender diverse teams within workplaces." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "We recognize the need for workers to have access to UN Guiding Principle-compliant grievance mechanisms, and for remediation to be provided when human rights breaches occur. ...That’s why our team of 45 responsible sourcing specialists based across 9 key sourcing countries increases our ability to find out about local concerns, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders. They will investigate any issues of concern and will take appropriate remedial action. Where we identify clear cases of human rights abuses, we work to rectify those abuses and make sure that the harm inflicted on workers is put right, partnering with charities and NGOs as required."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We also commissioned a specialist human rights consultancy to do an in-depth assessment of labour standards in the sites being proposed for supply. Those suppliers which failed to meet minimum ethical requirements were removed from the commercial review process... Eligible factories must have had independent audits and due diligence checks by our human rights experts. We then assess their management systems and support them to develop the correct internal mechanisms and processes to monitor and address human rights issues identified. All blue factories must conduct regular self-assessments and share their reports with us."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 Not specified
          "We have simplified our supply chain to help build stronger relationships with our farmers and suppliers and ensure that all our products are sourced responsibly and meet our exacting quality standards [...] Supplier audit programme - we work tirelessly with our suppliers to ensure that our quality standards are met. We run a bespoke due diligence audit programme that offers documented evidence of compliance to our standards and monitors continual improvement"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        9/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net conversion
            6.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net conversion
            6.7/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "As part of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Tesco has committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 in our sourcing of wood and paper products. Specifically, Tesco committed that all of our Tesco Own Brand wood and paper products will be either FSC/PEFC certified or from a recycled source by 2020. For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We have a responsibility to respect the human rights of, and an opportunity to make a difference to, our colleagues, our customers, the communities we operate in and the people who work throughout our supply chain. [...] We are committed to upholding human rights and support in full the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Core Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced labour, child labour and discrimination at work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address the inclusion of women and ensure equality in commodity supply chains
          4/4
          "We have been working to improve gender equality in some of our supply chains over a number of years. In March 2019, Tesco signed up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles[2] to reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. We have also reviewed our Human Rights policy,where gender equality is now one of four key focus areas (together with sustainable livelihoods, worker representation and forced labour). Through engagement with stakeholders, desk research and internal and external consultations, our activities in these food supply chains concentrates on 4 focus areas with the following key outcomes:Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination: Empowered workers who are aware of sexual harassment and discrimination, and where there are breaches, have access to remedyIncreasing women’s voices in the workplace: Increased participation of women in workplace dialogueEnabling women in leadership: Increased representation of women in senior management and technical rolesAddressing gender stereotypes: Gender diverse teams within workplaces." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "We recognize the need for workers to have access to UN Guiding Principle-compliant grievance mechanisms, and for remediation to be provided when human rights breaches occur. ...That’s why our team of 45 responsible sourcing specialists based across 9 key sourcing countries increases our ability to find out about local concerns, through dialogue with a range of stakeholders. They will investigate any issues of concern and will take appropriate remedial action. Where we identify clear cases of human rights abuses, we work to rectify those abuses and make sure that the harm inflicted on workers is put right, partnering with charities and NGOs as required."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC and PEFC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC and PEFC
            "For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 99% of lines
          Percentage is of lines, not volumes "For the 2020 reporting year Tesco had achieved 99% of assessed lines meeting Tesco's target of FSC or PEFC certification"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We also commissioned a specialist human rights consultancy to do an in-depth assessment of labour standards in the sites being proposed for supply. Those suppliers which failed to meet minimum ethical requirements were removed from the commercial review process... Eligible factories must have had independent audits and due diligence checks by our human rights experts. We then assess their management systems and support them to develop the correct internal mechanisms and processes to monitor and address human rights issues identified. All blue factories must conduct regular self-assessments and share their reports with us."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 
          "We have simplified our supply chain to help build stronger relationships with our farmers and suppliers and ensure that all our products are sourced responsibly and meet our exacting quality standards [...] Supplier audit programme - we work tirelessly with our suppliers to ensure that our quality standards are met. We run a bespoke due diligence audit programme that offers documented evidence of compliance to our standards and monitors continual improvement"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    10/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    14/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    12/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Tesco is a leading British retailer with over 6,000 stores worldwide. The company specialises in groceries but also sells personal care items, apparel and furniture, as well as offering financial services through its subsidiary Tesco Bank. Amongst its product lines, Tesco sells a range of own brand products including packaged meats, dairy products and confectionary items. The company’s operations leave it exposed to several forest risk commodities. Tesco plc is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to timber.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail, Furniture & flooring, Apparel & footwear, Accessories & luggage
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Boswell Farms, Eastmans, Fred And Flo, Free From, Go Cook, Growers Harvest, Hearty Food Co, Ms Mollys, Redmere Farms, Stockwell Co, Takeaway, Tesco, Tesco Branded, Tesco Carousel, Tesco Essentials, Tesco Extracts, Tesco Finest, Tesco Health, Tesco Heating, Tesco Organic, Tesco Value, Unbranded, Wicked Kitchen

How we assess the Forest 500

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