Tesco Ireland achieves Origin Green accreditation from Bord Bia
Tesco Ireland has today announced that it has become a verified member of Origin Green, the national sustainability programme, an initiative of Bord Bia. As a leading food retailer, Tesco is one of the biggest supporters of the Irish agricultural and food business sectors in the country, sourcing from over 480 Irish food and drink suppliers and supporting 13,000 Irish farm families.
The Origin Green programme is one of the only such programmes worldwide that brings together national government, the private sector, food producers and food retailers.
In becoming a member of Origin Green, Tesco has set out a sustainability plan that targets key operational, sourcing, health and nutrition and social responsibility targets. In committing to the Origin Green sustainability charter the structure provides meaningful goals which are independently verified on an ongoing basis.
Commenting on achieving verified membership, Andrew Yaxley, CEO, Tesco Ireland said, “We’re really proud to have successfully achieved the Origin Green verification. Being a sustainable business is very important to us, and we’re equally proud to be a good neighbour and support the communities we serve.”
“As the first national retailer to launch a surplus food donations programme in 2014, our sustainability plans have been to the forefront of our business for many years. The Origin Green framework helps us to set further clear goals and measurable targets to achieve further sustainability aims within our business as part of the charter over the next 5 years.”
Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy welcomed Tesco as a verified member of the Origin Green programme.
“The Tesco targets around sourcing, health and nutrition and social responsibility will contribute further to the efforts of the Irish food chain, and beyond, in demonstrating how we can live more sustainably, delivering tangible benefits for this and future generations.”
Tesco is one of Ireland’s leading retailers with 150 stores and two distribution centres nationwide and offers the highest average rate of pay in the industry and market leading benefits.