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Corporate Responsibility update




Corporate Responsibility update

The last few weeks have seen lots of activity with our National Charity Partnership between Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation, with many colleagues getting involved in The Big Collection. Meanwhile the Tesco Eat Happy Project continues to reach ever more children and teach them about where their food comes from and healthy eating. In addition our Community Awards have opened so make sure you get your application in before 24 April – more information below!


Improving health

  • To raise money for our National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation we held The Big Collection in all our stores across the UK:

The Big Collection

  • This weekend will also see some of our colleagues take part in ”On Your March”, a 26.2 mile fundraising walk for our National Charity Partnership.
  • Diabetes UK announced that their research into Type 1 Diabetes is likely to produce the first vaccines against the condition within the next 10 years. This research was made possible by using £3.3 million of fundraising from the Tesco charity partnership.

Supporting local communities 

  • The Tesco Charity Trust is now accepting applications for the latest round of its Community Awards Scheme until 24 April 2015. The programme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500 for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around our stores in the UK.
  • The Tesco Eat Happy Project, which has now reached 665,000 children, marked its one year anniversary. We have also launched a new partner badge in conjunction with The Scout Association for all Beaver Scouts and Cubs Scouts who complete a Farm to Fork Trail. Eat Happy also won best education project at the National CSR Awards!
  • Watch the highlights video from Tesco Mum of the Year.


Creating opportunities for young people

  • Our London Borough Champions hosted a week of careers sessions with students across London, including an introduction to the Tesco Youth Academy. Esther McVey MP attended one of the sessions.
  • We signed up to support a campaign called ‘Backing Soft Skills’ led by McDonald’s as part of our work to help young people develop the skills they need to start successful careers.
  • To mark National Apprenticeship Week our Early Careers team attended some secondary schools to talk about opportunities at Tesco. We also produced a video about F&F’s Enspire Apprenticeship.

Trading responsibily

  • We held the third of our Carbon Reduction Supplier Workshops, which over 100 suppliers have now attended.
  • To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we uploaded a range of recipes with Fairtrade ingredients on our realfood website. We sell a wide range of Fairtrade products, including award-winning finest* coffee and tea.
  • The partnership helping women in Assam tea communities between UNICEF and the Ethical Tea Partnership, which we are supporting, was mentioned in a Huffington Post article about International Women’s Day.


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